What's it All About?

Well, it's about as much of My Family, My Friends, My Life and its Events, as I can recall and cram in . . . .
On this website I introduce myself, 'The Toynes', my family and their lives, as well as my life and our photographs from more than 70 years - 40 of them hiding in the shrubbery . . .


FIRST: A Whole Life

The Toynes, My Life, My Family and Our Travels - That's a 'Me & Mine' click.


THEN: A Life in Horticulture

Gardens, Plants, Techniques, Styles, Features, Wildlife - Good & Bad -  and Ideas . . . this is where you'll find my latest photos to look at and use. Yes, USE!

I look forward to reading your comments in the 'About You' (that's 'you' NOT me!) and 'Get In Touch' Sections!

Visitors to this Toyne Website

Thanks for Visiting Folks! How's about telling us something about your life in the 'About You' Section or leaving a message in 'Get In Touch'?

Have a Look at the Toyne Family Tree:

Click on this logo for our Branch of 'The Toyne Family Tree'

For several years I have been putting together a Family Tree for our Branch of the Toynes in Lincolnshire and elsewhere in the world (I have two children and further offspring in Australia and Glenna has umpteen cousins in America) - However, I must admit to being neither very good nor very consistent in my efforts and have resolved to look elsewhere for information and history than just the Web! Time permitting, I'll put this into practice soon . . . 


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Plant Ailments - Real and Imagined!

For many people everything unexpected or strange on a plant or in its appearance is a disaster - at least a disaster in-the-making! But that's simply not true.

The Fact is that most of these things are either totally harmless or require no more than the knowledge of their cause, benefits or benign nature - and simply picking off the offending leaf is sometimes all that is necessary!


For instance, the header picture on this page is Albinism on a holly (Ilex aquifolium) bush - a genetic condition which is often responsible for many of the lovely variegated plants in our gardens. Here the bush was cut down and the new shoots all grew without any chlorophyll in them at all. More a lesson in pruning techniques than a garden disaster.

The small picture above is the spore stage of a Myxomycete. Sometimes called Slime Molds, these are more closely related to animals than fungi and plants, but as far as gardeners are concerned are harmless to their flowers, fruit and vegetables. In reality they are also fascinating organisms, with fascinating life cycles.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slime_mold)

Let's have a look at a few more examples of so-called plant 'diseases' - real and imagined -  in this section . . .

Really Harmless