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Shrinking Violet


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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 12:38

Mostly dry yesterday - until late afternoon.  Then it chucked it down for hours.  It was hard to get to sleep, the rain was so forceful on the windowpanes.  But today it is bright and breezy - lots of sunshine and the garden isn't as battered as I expected it to be.

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 12:34

Very good point Gary.  I don't suppose it will cut much ice with them wot's in charge, though

(btw am I alone in worrying about live animals being used as "window dressing" for the opening ceremony?  The noise, lights etc would be enough to scare most animals.  I suppose the RSPCA has been consulted.)

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Posted: 23/06/2012 at 19:48

If audiences are at the heart of everything they do, blueberry, then I reckon this is a cardiac arrest that requires an urgent transplant!

What is this Leaf please

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 19:46

Ragdoll, it is always easier to identify a plant by the flower, so perhaps you could post another picture when the flower spike develops?

It could well be a rogue plant from bird seed.  The other year I nurtured what looked to be an interesting plant - until I discovered it was cannabis    (I could feel my collar being tugged as I disposed of it PDQ)

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 19:41

Joe, I believe BBC3 and BBC4 are broadcast as CBeebies and CCTV (or whatever is the kids' stuff) during the day, and they morph into grown-up broadcasting from 7pm.  (Actually, there are many exceptionally good programmes on BBC4, so the Beeb can get it right when it so chooses).

Every year, GW is taken off air for Wimbledon.  (As a fan, I enjoy the tennis - but even I find the saturation coverage a bit OTT).  But Wimbledon fortnight doesn't explain the following two weeks' absence.

Four weeks takes us up to 20th July.  The following week the Olympics start.  So I presume we'll be granted ONE programme, thank you and goodbye for the rest of the summer, see you, if you're lucky, in the autumn.  Bah, Humbug.  I pay a licence fee too.  I expect better - but shan't hold my breath - the triumph of hope over experience.

 

 

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 21:50

A number of posts has been made on the POV message board.  I doubt that it will make any difference - GW always seems to be dispensible when there is sport to replace it on a Friday night.  The BBC seems to forget that gardeners also pay their TV licence fees.  And half an hour a week surely isn't too much to ask, is it?

Joke

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 21:54

 Just brilliant - and what we need on such a wet, grey day.  Thank you for bringing a smile to my face. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 19:00

Lorelei - the one that the writer in AG mag bought cost £29 - which is pretty steep imo.  But it would be worth the investment if it did the job.  Shame you can't buy such stuff on a sale or return basis! 

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 18:54

I recall the RSPB saying that if you have sparrowhawks, it is a sign of a healthy bird population - so feeding the birds encourages the avian diversity.

btw nuthatches are wonderful to watch.  In my previous garden we used to see them on next-door's hazel bushes (well, overgrown hedge really!).  They are resident in England, as far north, I believe, as the Mersey, and are (were?) rare in Scotland. That's what my bird book (and my Twitcher-neighbour) says, anyway.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 12:38

We had a couple of hour' respite - but it's now raining again.    Oriental poppies took a bit of a battering last night, but less harm than I had expected given the downpour.  Goodness knows when I'll able to get out in the garden again, looking at the weather forecast. <sigh>

@ Rain - re the problem you have with cats, I've just been reading Amateur Gardening mag. and a reader has said that she drove any number of cats away with a black plastic Cat Repeller bought from Homebase.  It runs on 2 x 9v batteries and works using a high pitched whine.  I've no personal experience of the product, but when I read about it, I thought of you.  I wonder if you would find it worth a look?

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