Shrinking Violet

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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

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! 


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