Shrinking Violet

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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

What is your weather like?

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 23:38

I hesitate to rub it in, as it were, but here in the South West (Devon) we have had a glorious few days.  A little more hazy cloud today, but overall warm and pleasant.  As they said on the weather forecast "West is Best".  (We're making the most of it - usually the prevailing westerly winds give us the rain that other parts of the country avoid).


Posted: 24/05/2016 at 19:44

So - why is Monty dressed in a rag-bag suit that looks like it comes from the local charity shop, and is a couple of sizes too large?

So - why did Joe Swift feel it was acceptable to keep reminding all and sundry that he had won a medal a few years ago.  (Presume it was gold - just so no interested in him and his precious nonsense)

So - what is it about slebs that makes their opinions worth airing, let alone listening to?

So - why so little attention to plants rather than personalities?

On a real plus point - I was fascinated by the Abutilon display - I hadn't realised the diversity.  I shall look at them with fresh eyes.

And for the record - some years ago when living in Porlock (from whence cometh Cleve West at one time) I suggested that the possibility of some sort of Exmoor garden be planned - from moor to sea - (whether or not it would ever have been good enough for Chelsea is, to say the least, debatable - but it was a dream).  Cleve West was written to, and his advice sought.  Answer came there none.  And typically, the village did nothing anyway.  But I like to think that the idea germinated there . . .


Posted: 24/05/2016 at 19:31

So, B3 (see what I did there?  sorry!) they numb the gum first.  Well, they try to.  But when it's a Buccal (sp) filling ie on the outside of the tooth near the gum, it's a bit more complicated.  And when they hit the nerve that shoots up the side of your nose ('cos the tooth in question is next to the canine) it's definite ouch.

On the plus side - my dentist is lovely, minimised any what he calls discomfort, and it was over in less than 15 minutes.  And (definite plus, this) there was no untoward suggestion of unwanted (!) behaviour

On the downside - he's going back to South Africa.  Oh, no - who on earth am I going to trust now?

btw numbness wore off, tea was minimally slurped, and all is now well with the world.


Posted: 23/05/2016 at 20:52

My appointment is 10.30 tomorrow.  Fingers crossed (or dentist's fingers may be for the chop) that all is painless.  Numb face afterwards though is a nightmare. Cup of tea:slurp, slurp, dribble slurp! 


EU. In or Out?

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 22:48

Got our voting cards, too.  We are new to the area, so will have to work out where to go to vote.

The vote can't come soon enough for me - I'm thoroughly sick of all the childish spats and sily playground nonsense.  It seems to me that the most overused word at the moment is "could".  No-one can predict precisely what the outcome will be whether or not the vote is to remain or leave - but all the soothsayers, having examined the entrails of sundry chickens no doubt, and held a finger up to see which way the wind is blowing, tells us to be afraid, be very afraid of what "could" happen.

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Posted: 22/05/2016 at 22:35

Not suggesting rudeness Mynx - just passing on what I have found over time.  Doesn't always hold true, of course, and there are occasions when being more forthright works wonders.  Personally, I hate the fact that the staff have name badges - but no surnames.  It always sounds so much more official if you can say "What are you intending to do about it Ms. Smith?" than calling her "Kirsty" or whatever.

I was in Morrisons and was castigated by the till person for daring to have 11 items in my basket rather than "10 or less".  I pointed out it was "fewer" not "less" and lobbed one item out of the basket in, I have to admit, a rather petulant manner.  Oh, dear - I wasn't proud of myself, but I felt as if I had scored a minor victory!

Help identifying plants!

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 21:13

Number one looks like a form of bitter cress?   a weed that will seed prolifically if left.  Number two looks like a member of the willowherb family - another one that, left to its own devices, will seed prolifically.  It also looks as if there are some forget-me-not seedlings in there, too.

Agree with the other plants, but would add that it looks like you have a Linarea Purpurea behind the Euphorbia.  Pretty plant, can be left to grow if wanted or pulled out if not.  It can be quite a useful filler, though, providing you don't let the seedlings get out of hand.

Titchmarsh oin Chelsea FS 2016 Compost Heap?

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:52

It's Monty Don, various talking heads and slebs these days.  There are a few rays of sunshine when they leave the over-hyped designer gardens and look at a few plants. 

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