Shrinking Violet

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Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 23:08

No-one said that Turkey had been promised full EU membership - but it is what they are aiming for - and much of the appeasement from the EU in general, and Germany in particular, realises that some sort of deal has to be done to try to control the refugee/immigrant problem.  Thus far there seems to have been some success when looking at numbers.  Whether or not it is a long-term solution is another matter.  And whether or not extending the EU borders is in everyone's interests is yet another debate.  I worry about the future:  short-term political expediency is not necessarily an appropriate solution imo.

Thompson & Morgan - damaged plants received

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 22:32

I, too, had problems with T & M.  I ordered plants from the Daily Telegraph which turned out to be T & M (lillies) and I was unimpressed.  Never again!

But I did risk an order with Garden Express, and the plants were (are) superb and really good value.  Hostas are doing well.  The Hellebores (offer of three Hellebore Niger for £3 was fantastic value) are superb plants, too.  The rose looks healthy, and I have high hopes for a lovely display in due course.  Of course, I may just have been lucky . . . . . .

Guerilla Gardening

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 20:25

Wonderful!  It's people like you who really do bring out the very best in community spirit!  If there was a local spot that I could indulge in  I would - but it's all very rural or well tended.  Well, except for next-door's front garden - but that's another matter entirely

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 20:07

Trying hard to keep out of any acrimonious debate but . . . .   when was Turkey in Europe?  Istanbul = yes.  The bulk of the country = no (or so I was taught in Geography many moons ago).  So do we want a non-European country to be guaranteed full rights in the EU?  Is the geographical closeness to areas of Middle East conflict in our best interests?  And is the cultural divide too much for long-term assimilation?  I worry about the future. 

The voting date gets closer.  I still have to make up my mind.  I don't have any facts from fractious politicians.

Everlasting Spinach....( And Chard )

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 14:22

When I have had a surplus of chard I have chopped it coarsely, blanched for about a minute in boiling water and drained/squeezed It thoroughly.  Frozen in small(ish) quantities it has been superb in stuffings eg with Feta cheese,  toasted pine-nuts etc.  I've never used it as a vegetable in its own right after freezing, though.

Swallows, swifts and martins - have you seen them yet?

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 19:12

House martins have arrived today and are busy refurbishing the nests under the eaves.  From one of the bedroom windows we can watch their comings and goings from a matter of inches - wonderful!  I am so excited. 

We are in Mid-Devon - Tiverton.


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:47

"Can I get . . . . ?" as a question asked of a shop assistant.  So tempting to be given the reply "I don't know, can you?"

But whatever happened to "Please may I have . . . ?"  I asked a shop assistant (yes, they do still exist in proper shops) in this way and she almost fell off her seat with surprise, and held up the queue to thank me for my politeness.  To me, it is normal - but it seems lazy speech and lack of good manners are becoming more "normal" by the day.

They're edible: who knew?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 22:25

Took a trip to the NT Knighthayes Court today (just outside Tiverton in Devon).  The kitchen garden is wonderful - well laid out and well labelled.  There is a section of ground given over to tubers and, as you would expect, potatoes of varying cultivars are labelled, row by row.  But there are two rows of dahlias, which, it is said, are edible.  I never knew that!  You learn something new every day!

California lilac

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 18:08

It's always worth trying to prune a plant.  I had a ceanothus that had become far too large for its position.  I cut it virtually to the ground, promising myself that I would dig out the stump later.  I didn't have the heart to dispose of it when it sprouted lots and lots of new growth.  Thereafter, a light prune after flowering each year made a superb, compact plant.


Posted: 23/04/2016 at 18:04

I go out for the day and come back to find pages of chuckles!  Great thread.

Pet hates (among many others) "alright".  Two words, or so my English teacher insisted when I wrote it on my slate - all right.  Mind you, I'd rather read it and be mildly irritated than hear "awrite" and be really annoyed.

Pronunciation:  battries.  Where is the middle "e"?  Comftable.  Where is the middle "or"?  Guaranteed to raise the blood pressure a couple of notches.


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