Busy Bee2

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Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 09:34

I think the chief feature of female bad driving, at least in the stereotype bandied about by some men, is indecisiveness and erratic driving.  The chief feature of male bad driving seems to be impatience and aggression.  I think the indecisiveness is more typical of a generation of women who were not brought up to be confident, and younger women are often more like men, in being more impatient and aggressive, but perhaps not to the same extent.  I don't think the school run driving round here is particularly bad, but there are lots of places to stop outside the school, and typically about 50 - 70 children per primary school, which is low.  You have to remember that the school run in the morning is often preceeded by a screaming match, frantic searching round the house for some essential object, the sudden realisation nobody cleaned their teeth, that someone left their packed lunch in the fridge, a traffic jam, and for many people, it is followed by some cutting remark from a boss about timekeeping when the parent is late for work.

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 21:21

Well, maybe it wouldn't have been a sacrifice if the plant could go back again!  I have just grown hundreds of little pink things from seed I collected last year.  And taken some basal cuttings from a very versatile white delphinium.  If I were on the Chelsea Challenge programme, I would pack some in my suitcase.  If the contestants were able to source from all the nurseries in the UK, like the exhibitors do, that would be a test of knowledge and planning ahead.  Going to one nursery does make the plant choices more luck than judgement.  Yes, the judging criteria could have been clearer from the start.  Like in ice skating!

Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 20:29

I wanted to turn left into the entrance to the garden centre this afternoon.  There was a cyclist, who, by my calculations, would be crossing the entrance as I turned in, so I indicated left, slowed down to a pace that would allow the cyclist to safely pass the entrance, and lo and behold, two cars veered out onto the other side of the road into oncoming traffic, to get past me.  They were men. 

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 19:33

Have to confess, I enjoyed it.  Mainly because it was about gardening, unlike Top Gear, The Island and Scrapheap Challenge.  The nursery bit was like a kids in a sweet shop moment, and presents me with my own 'dissonance', but it was enjoyable in the way that watching someone else doing a supermarket trolley dash would be enjoyable.  Like other people have said, Joe Swift came across as a lovely bloke - very helpful and human.  The judges were interesting - I have always wanted to know what they are looking for at Chelsea, and now I think I have a better grasp.  I don't think it's any worse or more indulgent than show gardens are anyway.  I like the idea of an enthusiastic amateur exhibiting alongside the 'professionals' - a bit like if an amateur painter got to exhibit alongside Damian Hirst and Tracey Emin, and given a lot of us look at art and think it's all a bit pretentious and over-rated, it will ask some questions if Sean, the ordinary fella, comes up with something that more people actually like and can relate to. 

So my moment of dissonance.......  Well, I think if I were doing this Chelsea Challenge thing, I would want to use the plants I know well.  No one nursery is going to have all the things - the varieties - I would want to use, so I don't like the idea that they go to some nursery, and just shove whatever varieties happen to be there, onto a trolley. If the programme had to make one improvement, it would be that the contestants could bring plants from home - things they had grown from seed, or cuttings, or if necessary, things they had dug up temporarily from their gardens.  If it's all about the plants, it is a bit of a shame if they have to select from the limited palette of what happens to be in the nursery, lovely specimens as those plants may be. 

grass seed not germinating

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 22:25

When mine finally came up last year, the weeds had got there first, and in the end, I pulled the whole lot up and started again, because it was so full of weeds.  This year I have waited till now (May) to seed a new area, and again, the grass shows no sign of growing, even though I seeded it a week ago.  I was seeding bits regularly last summer and autumn, and had no trouble, and used some of the same box of the expensive gel coated seed, and got a great result.  I think it is to do with the time of year.  I have heard autumn is a much better time than spring, and in my experience, autumn seeding has always gone better.

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:48

I have lots of spare bulbs, but I still don't understand how you work out which one blew, so which one to replace. 

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:45

Great idea Runnybeak.  My top tip for greenery decorations, if you have a beam/wall, is.... 1. Save the netting stuff from round the Christmas tree, or get some old garden plastic netting and attach to nails in the beam/wall.

2.  Ask garden centre for their Christmas tree trimmings - got two black bags for nowt last Christmas - they were glad to be rid.

3.  Stick them into the netting, using wire ties.  Add holly and ivy.  Arrange tinsel and lights and do baubles/stuff the kids made at school etc.   And bingo.  For me, it is just as lovely to look at as the Christmas tree.  And a lot cheaper.  It worked a bit better when we lived near local supplies of holly to be honest, but here I have to buy it in.  Keep meaning to plant some holly. 

Why am I talking about Christmas - arrrrgh!  I've been wound in!!

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:29

Topbird, it is a bit weird, isn't it?  Or you would think they would learn their lesson, but for the last few years it has always been hard to get them here.  The other thing I couldn't source last year at the last minute was a tin of Roses or Quality Street.  Probably just as well. 

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:11

Great British Bake off as well Artjak!  I was in Tesco a couple of weeks ago and I've never seen so many people in the home-baking aisle. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 14:44

Lyn, I am sorry it wasn't better news.  There is some value in having time to say goodbye properly, which having lost one parent slowly and the other suddenly, did make a difference.  But at the time, it can be hard to appreciate that.  More hugs xx

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