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Shrinking Violet


Latest posts by Shrinking Violet

Tomato truss broken

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 17:09

Good one, Fishy!  So glad the toms have ripened so well.

With regard to taste, I have to confess that I have never found Moneymaker particularly flavoursome.  On the plus side, they do crop well.  But now you're an established tomato grower, you may want to experiment with some other varieties next year! I've grown Aikido indoors this year (never heard of them before) and I'm impressed with the crop and, more importantly, the flavour, so will be keen to grow them again.

Too many chillis

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 14:23

Stacey - that chilli sauce is awesome!  Made some this morning (lost the will to live skinning the peppers, though so some were just processed very finely) but the taste is, according to OH (with due deference to The Great Escape) Wow!!!

Herbs Yellowing

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 22:38

Thanks Philippa.  I'll look into it.  The last time I tried variegated sage it was less hardy, surprisingly, and so I reverted back to the common-or-garden green variety.

Herbs Yellowing

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 19:50

Thanks philippa - I intend to take some cuttings.  The thing is the herb bed is designed to be (1) near the back door for ease of harvesting and (2) well drained in full sun to make best use of the herbs. For example:  Parsley doing well.  Lemon Verbena overwinters without a problem.  Thyme is perky and regularly harvested.  Basil is kept indoors where I've found it to be more reliable.  It's just the sage that is so temperamental!

 

Herbs Yellowing

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 19:11

I have the same problem with sage.  I know it can get woody and aged - but despite cutting out the worst areas and trying to nurture the rest of the plant, it is still going yellow! (and this is the second sage in the herb bed to be affected!).   I think I'll have to give up and put in a new plant - after all, plants do have their own "shelf life"

The marjoram is doing fine, and as advised, is hardy, so it doesn't need to be cossetted.  Basil, though, is pretty tender!

Only popped out for a mat, part 2

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 22:24

Oh, go on then, runnybeak - a little of what you fancy does you (or so the saying goes!).  Pass the stilton please!

Only popped out for a mat, part 2

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 19:56

I've seen a tiered "cheesecake" on the TV when they were reporting locally on the Bath and West show.  Looks impressive.  But even I, a dedicated cheeseaholic would find it hard to get stuck in to something like that!  And think of the cholesterol!!!

What do i have please?

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 19:51

Keep the tubers somewhere safe and frost free - but make a note of "which way is up"!  It's very easy to plant a tuber upside down when you're looking at a rather unprepossessing brown thing in the spring!

 

Lovely pics btw - certainly look like they will be well worth saving.

 

Doesn't it get dark early?!

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 23:41

Slowly fades the Summer sun

Swiftly does the twilight come.

Day by day the air's more chilled -

but harvest means my freezer's filled!

 

Mellow fruitfulness?  Season of mist?

Oh, no, not yet or I'll be very upset if we don't have an Indian summer

I warned my magnolia....

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 20:09

Probably flower buds, Berkley.  I have a Magnolia Stellata, and it is full of buds for next year's flowers. 

Incidentally, I have spoken quite firmly to plants in the past:  ranging from the "please flower, pretty please" to the "flower or you're out of here!"  My experience is the harsher you talk to them, the quicker they respond.  (I could be a bit delusional here  but I comfort myself that I'm in good company - after all, what's good enough for Prince Charles . . . . )

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