Shrinking Violet

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Cheap Gardening

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 19:36

When you buy a plant at the GC or nursery, always look at it from the point of view of how many cuttings you might be able to take or whether or not it looks like the pot can be divided into two or three sections.  In next to no time you will have lots of discounted plants (or freebies, depending on your point of view!)

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 19:32

When  I posted before it was, as you will have doubtless realised,  rather tongue in cheek.  But - and you just couldn't make this up - the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art has an exhibition that "questions the value and function of cultural institutions"  (no - me neither)

It is - a room with nothing in it.  The artist is displaying an empty room in a show entitled "This Exhibiton Has Been Cancelled".  Visitors wander through the empty space, doubtless imagining their own artistic displays/projects. 

Apparently, this exhibition removes what would traditionally be considered an art object.  Instead, they are presenting the gallery as an empty apace, "giving us a moment to question the value in turning over exhibition after exhibition after exhibition".

Today Glasgow.  Tomorrow (well, next year) Chelsea?

Tongue still firmly in cheek - but falling about laughing! 

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 21:45

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 21:26

Maybe I would break the boundaries and have one statement weed - a thistle to represent G sharp?

Last edited: 24 May 2017 21:27:18

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 20:29

So it's not just me, then!  "Best in Show" - hmmmmm.  A touch of the emperor's new clothes, methinks.  Rather like some very modern art.  Or music.  The cognoscenti extol the virtues.  Lesser mortals scratch their heads and gravitate to more pleasing arrangements, with more ideas that can usefully be copied/adapted.

PS perhaps we will one day have a horticultural equivalent of John Cage - he of the 4'33" "music" of silence.  And all of the above will wonder that no-one ever thought of it before.  I'm up for giving it a go!  All I need is a sponsor with more money than sense, maybe. 

Cooked food in compost

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 21:10

I seem to recall on some programme or another (I, know - it's all rather vague) that the mould that grows on bread - the blue/grey stuff - actually inhibits the good bacteria in the compost heap, and that it is best not added.  I could, of course, be totally wrong, but maybe there's someone with a scientific bent who would know?

Thompson Morgan - dead plants, dead customer service

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 19:25

Don't be seduced by the anodyne "reply" from T & M:  it is quite standard to say that they are there to help resolve the problem(s).  What they actually want is for you to get off the public platform and to communicate with them privately and directly.  And then you will find you have gone round full circle until your frustration/temper gets the better (or worse) of you.  Keep plugging away.  Keep it public.  Name, shame and be damned (to paraphrase a certain quote!).

Bletilla striata Alba

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 19:47

I am trying to grow several bletilla plants at the moment.  I ordered 5 last year from Hayloft Plants, and they all failed to thrive.  Hayloft promised replacements this year, and above and beyond my expectations, they sent them - in much better condition than last year, and I currently have them protected in the GH - planted low down so out of any direct sun, but well protected from frost in particular and bad weather in general.  All but one (which died) are putting on slow growth.

They are doing OK-ish.  But further advice from experienced growers of these would be interesting.  They certainly weren't sold as "water plants" but they seem to be a bit picky with regards to site/location etc. And even here in the generally mild South West they don't seem to be making the progress I had expected.

Thompson Morgan - dead plants, dead customer service

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 18:46

Theoretically, Obelixx,  the MD or CEO of a company ought to respond to a complaint.  Three letters to the CEO of Argos produced absolutely nothing.  Zero response.  Hence Facebook as a recommendation.  And given the track record of T & M on this board, I would hazard a guess that their top exec would be as reluctant to respond as Argos.

There is no such thing as Customer Service worthy of the name in so many large organisations - simply serried ranks of people on telephones in front of computer screens, who have variable IT skills and/or concerns about the customer.

(Sorry - rant over!)

Thompson Morgan - dead plants, dead customer service

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 16:24

Name and shame them on Facebook.  I did that with Argos over another long-standing problem.  Trust me - these companies don't like public complaints!

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