Shrinking Violet

Latest posts by Shrinking Violet

Do you bubble wrap your greenhouse?

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 19:54

I've just done mine today Loana.  I have a new GH, having moved here last November, so I had no bubble wrap left over to re-use like I usually had.  It's pretty cheap at the garden centres, and you can get little lugs that pop into the aluminium channelling to hold it in place.

I have learnt from bitter experience that trusting to a mild winter is often misplaced.  A sudden sharp frost can undo all the hard work of potting up tender plants. 

It will be taken down again in the spring, and rolled up, stored and put away in readiness for next winter.  I have also learnt to roll each piece separately and label where it goes in the GH - especially important if you have to cut round shelves/staging etc.  And it saves a lot of time - and temper - next autumn!

Allium gigantium

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 22:52

A bit difficult to advise without knowing the nature of your garden etc.  And one allium is unlikely to look much on its own anyway.  Perhaps you could plant it in a pot, then move the pot around once it is flower to see where best to locate it, and then consider adding to the numbers?

Sloes in Somerset

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 22:48

I can't help directly, either, I'm afraid.  But you may consider going to a local farmers' market and buying some damsons (which is what I did recently).  They're not expensive, and damson gin is a pretty good substitute for sloe gin, I think.  And it takes time to mature (the longer the better - what is made this year is even better by Christmas 2017).

Strictly is back!

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 20:49

I don't regularly watch TV at breakfast time, but I am more likely to turn to BBC if I do;  ITV is lightweight tosh imo.  I never watch anything Sky:  I have an aversion to all things Murdoch ( which may be to my financial detriment when it comes to satellite TV). 

I'm impressed with your knowledge of Putonghua, aym. No idea what it is, though!

Strictly is back!

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 20:35

aym:  so it's not just me then!  I was so thankful when Suzanna Reid moved to ITV and I could avoid her like the plague!!

Strictly is back!

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 20:29

"Compare her to Carol Kirkwood" who, although a lovely personality, was gifted with no more than two left feet!  At least Naga could dance (a bit) but perhaps is perceived as less cuddly than GlitterBalls.  Oh, well - it's not a dance competition (yet:  that comes later) and in the popularity stakes, poor Naga was less consumer-friendly!

Says it all, really! 

Strictly is back!

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 20:05

So Naga is out!

Nooooo!  Not the best dancer - but for goodness sake, way better than Anastacia.  And Way, Way beyond better than GlitterBalls! 

Oh, well - we are still in the popularity section of the contest, rather than the talent section.  (Still a great show of entertainment, though!)

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Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 22:57

Aha - I perceive a French conspiracy here.  Some major retailers are open so there seems to be no excuse on the Rocher front. 

(Last time I visited France, it seemed that the supermarche du jour was le Clerc.  Made us laugh with the resonance of 'Allo 'Allo.  That was in Britanny, so maybe not nationwide?)

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 22:48

Ooh!  Ferret and lentil sounds . . . . . . . . . . . .gross!!!  But like they say, "any port in a storm" - and any crisp on a Strictly night

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 22:27

Well RB -at least we all know now that there isn't a new, random crisp flavour out there! 

I think the costumes are much better this year, even if Daisy has stretched your dress out of shape!  They do seem much more appropriate to the dances;  there was a time when they were getting too skimpy for comfort (by which I mean comfort of the dancers). 

I'm with you on the Glitter balls front:  early doors I hope (but expect the great British Public to keep voting for the novelty value.)  Anastacia may very well be in the dance off.  I wouldn't be sorry to see her go - I just can't warm to her, but that's just me. Others will probably like her and her style. 

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