Shrinking Violet

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Weed or Flower?

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 20:19

Nutcutlet - perhaps it depends on where the original poster lives.  If, like me, it is in rural spot, there are lots (and lots) of these plants growing in the wild.  It would probably explain how it came to germinate in a domestic garden.  So the Orange Tip is likely to have more than a sufficiency of plants for habitat (they do here in Devon, and are very pretty butterflies - much better than cabbage whites, at least).


Posted: 17/05/2016 at 20:14

PP time was when the Beeb had a pronunciation department which advised on correct pronunciation of all sorts of words.  (Remember Angela Rippon and "Gerrillas" aka terrorists?)  It seems today, however, that regional accents/pronunciation trumps all, and received pronunciation is elitist.  Heaven forfend that those who care a bit about communication should worry about how a word is pronounced.


Posted: 17/05/2016 at 20:06

Should that be "is" Oasis MU?  (hope you don't mind the abbreviation).  I always thought that it was a group of some kind.  Turns out it was a couple of singers (if memory serves).  Which morphed, at some stage, into a "band",  And there I was, thinking that a band was a group of musicians who could play instruments (and sing along) - you know, something like the Glen Miller lot! 


Posted: 17/05/2016 at 19:57

AAAAARRRGH!  I'm with you on that one PP.  What is worse is that the broadsheet newspapers are employing (ignorant imo) young journalists who use the phrase.  Worse - they use it for a header.  Even worse - the sub-editor knows no better!

Weed or Flower?

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 19:54

Shallow roots - easy to pull up and dispose of rather than resorting to other chemical means.  Looks like you have caught it in good time, though!

Are these verbena bonariensis?

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 19:37

Mine seed themselves everywhere, and it's hard work weeding them out.  Useful when in the right place, but a nuisance in the hundreds I've been faced with.  Perhaps the problem is that I hoe them out before they get to a useful size for identification.


Posted: 17/05/2016 at 19:32

Quarter disappeared into the wild blue yonder, along with secretaries (secetries), batteries (battries), length (lenth), secateurs (seceteers), fifth (fith) and. . . . .  oh, stop me now!  I could just go on and get myself really wound up!!!

Are these verbena bonariensis?

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 19:26

Keep'em in a pot, Muddle-Up.  Then you can take a pic and let us know what they turn out to be.  But I'd bet a pound to a penny that they're not VB.

Weed or Flower?

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 19:24

Jack-by-the-Hedge is a local name for it.  Wild flower in the country lanes - weed in the garden.  It seeds itself prolifically.

Are these verbena bonariensis?

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 18:58

Seconded/thirded or whatever - not VB.  Probably weeds!

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