Shrinking Violet

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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

Why didn't I think of it before?

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 20:38

We were sorting out the "garage" for which read suppository of all useful bits of wood, screws and sundry items that will "come in handy".  (Ladies of a certain age will doubtless identify with that),

So we found an expandable shower curtain rail - the sort that you sort of pull and twist and wedge between two walls, the better to hang a shower curtain, usually over the edge of the bath.

We have no need of such an item.  But, before it could be consigned to the tip/charity shop I had a light bulb moment.

Under the ridge of my greenhouse, from one end to the other, I positioned said pole.  I did not, you will be pleased to note, hang a shower curtain, the details of its use in such a place being too much to contemplate

However, I have used it to drape over it and down both ridges of the GH some fleece.  This diffuses the light, and, when we have a shady day, I can simply unclip it from the occasional clips used to hold it in place down the roof angles, and gather it to one side to let in the light.

I anticipate using this method for bubble wrap in the winter.  I'm rather pleased with this system, and thus far it seems to be working a treat.  (I shall report any pitfalls!)

Last edited: 08 June 2016 20:39:15

Fences and covenants...

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 20:54


Johnsons Blue geranium

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 20:26

In my experience, Johnson's Blue don't actually have a second flush of flowers - well the ones I had in my previous garden didn't.  But take the shears to the straggly growth, and the new leaves will make a lovely, tactile soft mound of leaves in next to no time!

The alternative is to cut to the ground all the flowering stems - but in both approaches, no second flowering for Johnson's Blue, I'm afraid. 

I'd love to be wrong, of course, in which case, I had nurtured the wrong cultivar for many a long year

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