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Shrinking Violet


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courgettes

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 23:04

I deliberately let some of them get quite large and then slice thickly, blanch them by frying in a little olive oil.  Cool and then open freeze the slices, and place them in poly box interleaved with greaseproof paper.  These are then ideal for making moussaka - I find the classic aubergine slices can just soak up the oil, where the courgettes don't and they have a bit more flavour.  They can be used from frozen when assembling the moussaka - so easy to use without having to defrost.

I have nurtured a viper!

Posted: 06/07/2015 at 22:44

I bought mini-plugs of trailing lobelia - Sapphire.  Potted them on and nurtured them.  Hardened them off and planted in tubs (like you do).  I ended up with multi-coloured, which is not what I wanted, and some of the plants  weren't trailing, either.

I took flower samples +original label back to my local GC.  They were apologetic, and gave me a dozen more mature  specimens.  I managed to wiggle out the wronguns and replace them, and thus far, it's looking good!

Bouquet to West Somerset GC, methinks for at least helping to put it right.

Can anyone tell me if this a plant please

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 19:40

Ooooh!  I can't wait!  I want to see pictures of the plant in flower.  I'm very happy to be wrong - but I have L. Purpurea all over the place, and I have to say that the leaves really do look like that, rather than Euphorbia. 

The Jury is out - time will tell when the flowers are in full bloom.  (For what it's worth, mine are already in out).

Can anyone tell me if this a plant please

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 21:44

Not sure that it's Euphorbia - looks rather like Linaria Purpurea.  Let it flower - if you have tall spikes of purple (occasionally pink) flowers that resemble toadflax, then it's L. Purpurea.  A useful plant, easily controlled since it will seed prolifically, but can be pulled up if it's in the wrong place!

Plant Id

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 21:58

Tibouchina? (though the leaves look slightly different from the one that I had, I must admit).  But need the flower full-face for ident.

plant ID please

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 19:33

Until it flowers, it's rather hard to identify - but from the leaves and your description as "rampant" I would suspect Golden Rod (Solidago).

Plant ID please

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 20:02

Pansyface - please share those photos!  We all love to garden, but the wildflowers (often the origins of our more cultivated plants) are a joy to behold.  Here, on the edge of Exmoor, we are often bereft of wildflower diversity.  "They" call it swaling.  We call it vandalism:  swathes of the moor are rendered to charcoal!  (I have to admit, though,  that in August, the mile upon mile of bright heather is a sight to behold!).

Plant ID please

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 19:39

Oh, yes - googled it, and I think HCA is spot on!  (Note to self:  get a better and more up-to-date wildflower book - mine is over 30 years old!)

Plant ID please

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 22:18

The closest I can get is Helleborine (family Orchidaceae). There are several varieties, many of which are quite rare.   But I can't find a picture in my wildflower book that is clear enough.  So it's only a guess, I'm afraid.

Any one planted out their runners?

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 22:43

I sowed both runner beans and climbing French beans on 16th April.  They germinated quickly in a cool greenhouse, and I have hardened them off over the past week.  I planted them out today.  If the weather should turn colder at night I shall cover them with fleece (I had to do this for a couple of nights last year) but otherwise they should be OK.

I'm in Somerset near the Bristol Channel, so our climate is warmer than average.  If I was in a cooler area I think I would have waited a couple of weeks.

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