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Shrinking Violet

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horticultural society

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 15:00

You could have the outline of a flower (simple shape, but quite large) and invite people to fill it in with loose change.  It's amazing how much "shrapnel" people have in their pockets/purses, and placing a few coins on a shape is an easy way to relieve people of their heavy coins!

Also think of "value added" items.  For example, lavender on its own is pretty unexciting.  Made into lavender bags, the value added makes the items more easy to sell.  Likewise, simple cone-shaped tree decorations using giftwrap, with hanging ribbon and filling the cones with sweets/seeds are popular, and easy to make and sell, in my experience. 

Good luck!


Posted: 24/10/2014 at 16:04

There are different ways of achieving the "style" that you want.  I think the archetypical 1930s garden would have been sparse in its planting, and perhaps more regimented than today's gardens.

We had a poster on here in June - November 2012 called LowiePete who had created a fantastic garden, using the Art Deco stained glass in his front door as inspiration (think off-centre sunburst, if you can, and then think how to create the design).

I've looked back at this (I posted to compliment him on it at the time) but can't access the actual photos.  And I don't know how to do the link.  But perhaps others can help?


Disappointed with new shed.. how far to take it.

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 14:38

Don't forget that, if the company refuses to play ball (and it sounds that, if they're that rude they will probably continue to be unreasonable) you have recourse via the Small Claims Court.  It's easy, and the staff will guide you through each step.

Perhaps a letter, cc Trading Standards Office, to the company, setting out your clear position might bring about the desired result.  Sometimes it is enough to know that the customer is serious will be what is needed to resolve the problem!

Disappointed with new shed.. how far to take it.

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 23:29

You probably  have the right to rescind the contract if the goods supplied do not comply with the description of what was sold to you.  The "samples" on display indicate that the shed would be properly treated inside and out, and clearly this has not been the case. (Misrepresentation Act used to cover this - not sure if it hasn't been superseded, though). Therefore, you could expect a replacement or a full refund.

The Trades Description Act is of no direct use to you, since it is a criminal matter, enforceable by the Trading Standards Department at your local council.  They will look to see if the faults (preservative, size etc) are "false to a material degree".  If they choose to take action, it will strengthen your case against the company (if they are successful) but it will not, in itself, give you the solution that you seek.

Better, I suggest, to continue in the civil action:  goods must be as described, fit for purpose etc.  It seems that you have a strong case.  But you may need to be persistent to get the result you want and deserve.  good luck!


Pruning Magnolia Stellata

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 21:23

  I inherited one when we moved here 16 years ago;  I have pruned it every couple of years or so, and never had a problem.  I just look at the height and shape, and cut to an appropriate bud on a stem, and then stand back and check that I'm achieving a nice shape.  I do this in early summer, shortly after flowering.

This has meant that I have successfully reduced the crown, preventing it from getting too large, but that it has never had to suffer drastic pruning in any one year.

It flowers profusely each spring, and I've won prizes at the local Horticultural Society spring show with cut branches, so it clearly has liked what I've done.



A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 14:48

So glad you're home again Frank - and the garden is truly good medicine, whether it's just pottering and letting the mind sort out niggling problems, or just ignoring them and allowing real mental refreshment!

Good luck for speedy complete recovery - also Alan and Mike who have had their  (un)fair share of hospitals, too!

Overgrown garden

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 19:45

I think it really was something to do with the very nature of the wee, bekkie, whether it's acidity or whatever, I have no idea (and not sure I would care to find out, anyway!)  If the "equipment" is an issue, then I think there is a product known as a "She-wee" (really!) that could be brought to good use.

For my part, I prefer to let the gents do whatever is necessary (you don't have to leave the "lid" of cardboard up, do you? ) and I can garden in a more ladylike way!

(Sorry to take over your thread, Pippiitz - hope you are able to sort things out, have a bit of a chuckle while you're doing so, and have a super garden by this time next year!)

Overgrown garden

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 17:13

Ahem Steve - I think you'll find that gentlemen's wee is what is required, and Katy doesn't quite fit that description!   (I recall Toby Buckland, when doing his stint at Gardeners' World on TV making just such a point!)

Tomato truss broken

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 17:08

OK - not sure whether or not I should post this on the Senior Moments thread - but the tomato that I was talking about upthread I called Orkado

Suttons seeds F1 - packet says: "Delicious medium size fruits, for greenhouse or outdoor growing" 

Cost was £2.99 for 10 seeds, but I had 100% germination, good healthy plants and no cultivation problems.                                   



Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 17:31

I ordered lily bulbs on a "special offer" via the Daily Telegraph:  delivery was delayed (and some!) and the actual bulbs were not what was ordered.  I planted them anyway, and overall, the results have been pretty OK (even if some didn't do anything - but it was very late to be planting them!)

I hadn't realised that the DT offer was actually for T & M products:  I have never had good results with seeds etc so wouldn't have bothered if I had known.

On the plus side:  the white lilies were planted in the centre of a large pot.  Around the edge I planted Acidanthera corms.  As the lilies finished flowering, the Acidanthera came into flower (and are still flowering) and it has been a lovely display of white flowers - one which I will repeat.  (btw the corms were from Poundland.  Good value.  Guess how much I paid for about 50 corms???)


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