John Wolfram wrote:
Dc Stewart wrote:At the risk of diverting the topic from dating to marriage, recall that in past generations "till death do us part" usually meant a few decades at best. At current life expectancy, even a delayed marriage can mean a 50-70 year commitment.
In 1850, a person who made it to the marriageable age of 20 could expect to live about another 40 years. These days, if you make it to the marriageable age of 30 you can expect to live about another 45-50 years. That's a bit longer than in 1850, but not a huge amount.
Anne Miller wrote:Why not go ahead and make friends with that guy at the local ship? He probably may have guy friends that you might find interesting. And those friends might have other guy friends, etc.
Anne Miller wrote:The internet.
I have not dated in a long time because I have been married a long time.
Why is it that folks have to use the internet to find dates?
My recommendation is to look around and find someone that is real to ask out. This person could be someone at work or at places that a person visits.
This is just my opinion as to "What is wrong with dating today?"
Nancy Reading wrote:We're about 500 miles North of you Hester, and unfortunately that makes about 2-4 weeks difference in most Spring dates - our elder flowers end of June, Apple blossom end May early June (about the same as common Haw). We've had a cool summer so far (unlike the South!) and it is the trees' first year of blossom - all of these may make in unlikely to get ripe fruit. One reason why I've planted several varieties of Haw, I know from seeing them at The Fern's field in Cornwall that some ripen earlier than others, but I can't remember which was which! If the fruit hang like the common Haw I may still get ripe fruit in December (or not).
The good news is one of the trees does seem to have set fruit, early days yet but the C. Shraderiana seems to have some of the blossom bases hanging on. The C. Arnoldiana unfortunately seems to be dropping all it's blossom, but there are one or two still open so you never know.....I did try and hand transfer the pollen from Arnoldiana to the Schraderiana. The Schraderiana only had one bunch of blossom so didn't seem worth trying the other way. The pollen did seem kind of ...dry so maybe wasn't viable.
It's early days and there's hopefully next year which may give us a better summer.
Nancy Reading wrote:Over several years I have planted various different Hawthornes that are supposed to have bigger fruit than our native Crataegus mongyna (common Hawthorne or Quickthorn). For the first time this year I have flowers on two of my trees (yay!): C. Arnoldiana and C. Shraderiana.
I was expecting that they would flower at the same time as the local Hawthorne, but they only started to open as the common Haw was over. I'm now hoping that they are self fertile. Does anyone have any experience to share on this? If not, I'll let you know whether I get any fruit later in the year - my trees are too far apart to be likely to fertilise each other
Sas Gardener wrote:
PS: I love Morris dancing although we don’t have it in Scotland....and I do dig that look!😉😂
Catherine Carney wrote:having one consistent person to come home to.....Beyond continuing to cultivate and nurture my circle of friends, anyone have any ideas for how to address the loneliness factor? Besides becoming a crazy cat lady?
Daniel Arsenault wrote:I have some apple trees on my property and was walking around recently and found I have about ten nice saplings (scattered around) which look a lot like the little saplings right under one of my known apple trees. I'm wondering what is the best way to determine whether or not a sapling is a young apple tree? I don't much care "what kind" of apple it is. I just want to know if it is an apple sapling or not. Are there tell-tale signs? Are there good field guides for saplings? I wouldn't mind being able to ID saplings in general, but, for the moment I am most curious to find out if these saplings are apple trees in the making.