Shrinking Violet


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C.V.

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 21:56

"I enjoy all aspects of gardening - domestic horticulture.  I have expanded my interest by reading extensively around the subject, and have ensured that I continue to take into account current problems and issues with the subject  - for example,  certain insecticides and general pest control, together with an increased understanding of impact on the wider ecosystems.


I also enjoy reading - both fiction as well as non-fiction, especially when related to my other hobbies. "


Well - it's a start!  But something like that gives a better perspective and understanding of the person than just listing two basic interests.  Hope that helps.

French beans

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:43

I agree.  I grow climbing French Beans (usually Cobra) but I have had erratic germination from saved seed.  So now I always buy new seed each year.  Saves on the frustration and is much more reliable.

Help! Does anyone know what these white bugs are?

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 20:43

I agree - vine weevil grubs.  They are at the stage of turning from maggot-looking larvae into adult beetles.  It's the larvae that do the damage (as you have found out) by eating the roots of a plant, and often the first you know about it is when the plant keels over..


There are drenches that can be applied to the soil/compost which can help.  I have, in the past, spread compost out on a large tray and left it for the birds to feast on the grubs.

New Forum

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 21:52

I suspect fidgetbones that many of us will pop on to look at the board each day as per usual.  If it improves, and I have no doubt that it will, we/they won't drift off, but will be enticed back!  Well, I hope so, anyway.

Elite Greenhouses

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 19:33

I have an Elite GH which I ordered a couple of months ago.  It is lovely (just a small one for a small garden) but green powder-coated and very smart  I originally wanted a high eaves one, but couldn't get one in the small size I needed.  No matter - I am thrilled with what I have got.


I opted for self-installation.  Now that was a mistake!  The instructions seem to have been written in Urdu, translated into Greek, thence into French with a final stab at English!  It took ages to work it all out - and it wasn't easy.  The end result, however, is lovely, and almost justifies the troubles that it caused!


My recommendation would be to order it and arrange (albeit at a price) for it to be erected for you.  You will find that your fingernails will remain unbitten, your temper will be restrained and, if you are married, your relationship is less likely to be in jeopardy!


Good luck

New Forum

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 19:19

David - I have, like you, landed here as an ex-Beeb poster.  I love this board - it is friendly (usually) and user-friendly - and that counts for a lot.  I would hate to have to re-establish connections in another place.


I know I am not one of the mainstay of this board.  I read often, and post occasionally as the whim takes me.  But it is here, for me.  And for others.  It has been a lovely place to exchange ideas, gardening tips and to learn from others' experiences.


So I shall hold fire, as it were, and hope that there will be significant changes that retain my loyalty.  I think that the team is, perhaps, surprised by the depth of feeling for the changes that have been made.  It's not just a case of "heads in sand" and unwilling to embrace change - it's a case of not seeing the need for change in the first place.


So I shall stay here for now.  I shall keep in touch daily.  But if it doesn't show a real response to posters' concerns, then I'll be with you.

Pain

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 22:33

I did the only sensible thing with the one I inherited when we moved - I paid someone to come and dispose of it for me.  It was worth every penny!

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 23:23

AlexX - I see you are in North Devon.  I am in Mid Devon.  So both of us are in rural areas, sufficiently distant from the problems in the south east.  But many people see problems around the corner - you refer to housing, and infrastructure, and those are clear concerns.  I am aware of a certain amount of burying of heads in the sand because we are so distant from the Westminster Village.  But I hope that people are sufficiently engaged with the future to try to make some sense of the issues posed, and that whatever the outcome after the referendum, we can move forward in a positive way.

For my part, I think I worry even more about the prospect of an American President - arguably the most influential person on the planet - being a rich loudmouth (not to mention a funny hairdo LOL)

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 23:08

No-one said that Turkey had been promised full EU membership - but it is what they are aiming for - and much of the appeasement from the EU in general, and Germany in particular, realises that some sort of deal has to be done to try to control the refugee/immigrant problem.  Thus far there seems to have been some success when looking at numbers.  Whether or not it is a long-term solution is another matter.  And whether or not extending the EU borders is in everyone's interests is yet another debate.  I worry about the future:  short-term political expediency is not necessarily an appropriate solution imo.

Thompson & Morgan - damaged plants received

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 22:32

I, too, had problems with T & M.  I ordered plants from the Daily Telegraph which turned out to be T & M (lillies) and I was unimpressed.  Never again!

But I did risk an order with Garden Express, and the plants were (are) superb and really good value.  Hostas are doing well.  The Hellebores (offer of three Hellebore Niger for £3 was fantastic value) are superb plants, too.  The rose looks healthy, and I have high hopes for a lovely display in due course.  Of course, I may just have been lucky . . . . . .

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