Shrinking Violet


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Disguising a telegraph pole

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 19:29

We had one in the middle of our front border in our previous house - we allowed ivy to grow up it and to mature.  In the autumn it was alive with bees as they made the most of late flowers.  It also became a home to lots of critturs - and wrens regularly nested there. 


It disguised the telegraph pole well.  However, from time to time some jobsworth would come along demanding to cut it down, the better to provide space for a sign saying "Danger of Death!  Do not climb".


We managed to persuade them that no-one had ever tried to climb it.  That climbing it would be almost impossible.  And that it was a significant habitat for wildlife.


(We went back there recently to visit old neighbours:  the new owners had cut down all the ivy:  it now looks a mess, and the neighbours are not very happy!)


We continued to receive the "Wayleave" payment for it being on our property, though.

Last edited: 18 May 2016 19:30:28

So...............

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 20:49

"f't'b'llas" - the swallowing of vowels is nothing new.  I remember when Clive James used to write an erudite and amusing column each week in the Observer.  His running June Joke was of Harry Carpenter commentating on "Wmbldn".   

Weed or Flower?

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 20:19

Nutcutlet - perhaps it depends on where the original poster lives.  If, like me, it is in rural spot, there are lots (and lots) of these plants growing in the wild.  It would probably explain how it came to germinate in a domestic garden.  So the Orange Tip is likely to have more than a sufficiency of plants for habitat (they do here in Devon, and are very pretty butterflies - much better than cabbage whites, at least).

So...............

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 20:14

PP time was when the Beeb had a pronunciation department which advised on correct pronunciation of all sorts of words.  (Remember Angela Rippon and "Gerrillas" aka terrorists?)  It seems today, however, that regional accents/pronunciation trumps all, and received pronunciation is elitist.  Heaven forfend that those who care a bit about communication should worry about how a word is pronounced.

So...............

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 20:06

Should that be "is" Oasis MU?  (hope you don't mind the abbreviation).  I always thought that it was a group of some kind.  Turns out it was a couple of singers (if memory serves).  Which morphed, at some stage, into a "band",  And there I was, thinking that a band was a group of musicians who could play instruments (and sing along) - you know, something like the Glen Miller lot! 

So...............

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 19:57

AAAAARRRGH!  I'm with you on that one PP.  What is worse is that the broadsheet newspapers are employing (ignorant imo) young journalists who use the phrase.  Worse - they use it for a header.  Even worse - the sub-editor knows no better!

Weed or Flower?

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 19:54

Shallow roots - easy to pull up and dispose of rather than resorting to other chemical means.  Looks like you have caught it in good time, though!

Are these verbena bonariensis?

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 19:37

Mine seed themselves everywhere, and it's hard work weeding them out.  Useful when in the right place, but a nuisance in the hundreds I've been faced with.  Perhaps the problem is that I hoe them out before they get to a useful size for identification.

So...............

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 19:32

Quarter disappeared into the wild blue yonder, along with secretaries (secetries), batteries (battries), length (lenth), secateurs (seceteers), fifth (fith) and. . . . .  oh, stop me now!  I could just go on and get myself really wound up!!!

Are these verbena bonariensis?

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 19:26

Keep'em in a pot, Muddle-Up.  Then you can take a pic and let us know what they turn out to be.  But I'd bet a pound to a penny that they're not VB.

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