Shrinking Violet

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After the madness of the day

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 16:58

Trust a true gardener to bring some much-needed perspective to events!  We shall continue to plan ahead (daff/tulip bulbs anyone?) and see our future in calmer, gardening  ways.

I love those pics - but I don't recognise number 4.  Do tell me what it is - want one, want one, want one!

Why didn't I think of it before?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 15:47

Oh, dear BLT - and it had seemed to be such a bargain!  (The old adage "buy cheap, buy twice" seems to hold true , unfortunately.

I did think of a thin bedsheet (the sort that had worn very thin - and your mum would sides-to-middle to extend the life - except the central seam was jolly uncomfortable!) but perhaps even better than that would be some old plain-ish) net curtaining. 

My shading is still doing sterling work - but not much to shade today:  warm and dry but grey, grey, grey!

Why didn't I think of it before?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 21:15

Sometimes malapropisms are more apposite than the original!  Certainly funnier

Why didn't I think of it before?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 21:02

And Mother-in-Law always referred to her "Thysiopherapist"

Why didn't I think of it before?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 20:56

Sorry Papi Jo - it was just my (childish) sense of humour, having suffered many a long year of "stuff" inserted into all available spaces in the garage (And the shed.  And the loft).  I really ought to think a bit harder before posting - our own "in-jokes" don't often translate to the written word.  (But it does conjure up wonderful images!)

Why didn't I think of it before?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 20:15

But that shoe whitener used to bring up your tennis shoes a real treat (in the days before the ubiquitous trainers, of course).  And you knew it was summer 'cos your plimsolls (daps) were white rather than the winter black. 

Why didn't I think of it before?

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 22:45

Crikey BLT - I remember that Windolene!  Do they still make it? I thought it was all Mr Muscle or whatever in a spray bottle!  (And when my mum used the Windolene, there was always a smear in the corner of the window pane that hadn't been wiped off!  'Course, that could be because she was a rubbish windowcleaner, I suppose )

Why didn't I think of it before?

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 19:18

Ladybird:  I think BLT has a "patent pending" or something like that!  But if you're quick, you can beat the Patent Office

Perhaps we should let this thread develop into other sorts of ideas that posters have had that save money, recycle stuff and generally add to our collective gardening experience?

For the record, I have (and I know lots of others have done this, too) cut plastic milk bottles into strips and used them as plant labels.

Also - and this is a tip that I picked up from somewhere, but I think is genius:  When you have lots of different seedlings being pricked out and potted on, label one - and then stick a piece of coloured drinking straw in the pot.  all other seedlings only need a bit of the same coloured straw cut to a suitable length for instant ID.  Well, unless you have lots and lots and lots of seedlings, and there's a limit on the number coloured straws!  (You don't have to keep writing the same plant name over an over, either). 

Why didn't I think of it before?

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 15:37

Genius BLT -another good tip.  I am going to use the same idea for winter bubble wrap though I think the large bubble may be awkward.  I too used paint on shading - once!

Why didn't I think of it before?

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 21:12

I was certain it wasn't a unique idea - but it seems so obvious once you've done it!  Cheap and effective:  ticks all my boxes

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