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Shrinking Violet

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 19:15

Dry with bits and pieces of sunshine here in Somerset.  Not particularly warm.  Not particularly cold, either.  All in all - a bit of a nothing sort of day.  Not very inspiring.

Unlike Andy's gold yesterday, Frank.  Or the gold for the show jumping.  Nick Skelton has been jumping for longer than I've been watching the sport on TV.  At last he's been rewarded.  But all these Olympics are doing nothing for my garden, the weeds and the dead-heading!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 12:41

Cloudy and coolish by dry.  I know that I ought to get out there and do some weeding etc but - I really do want to see the tennis.  I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, Frank, but I've always enjoyed it - though definitely not the female grunters, groaners and screamers!  So - feet up (after the ironing ) and try to steady the nerves to see if Andy can get the coveted gold.  He's in two finals, so it would be nice if he won at least one.  I'm still (emotionally) shattered after all the excitement of yesterday.  As one who remembers Lyn Davies in black and white, yesterday was technicolour!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 00:03

Oops!  Just realised the time - so I mean later today rather than tomorrow!


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 00:02

Sun and very heavy showers - producing spectacular rainbows.  I didn't do too much outside - I have to admit to having the TV on following the Olympics.  And what a day!  I feel exhausted just watching it.  Will my nerves be in tact tomorrow as I watch Andy Murray from behind the sofa?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 23:30

Well, Frank, as ever - I've learnt something.  I only ever knew (and never thought about) the author of Lorna Doone's initials rather than his Christian names before!  doubtless I shall be queen of the quiz team at some stage now!!

I, too, watched MD, which was a bit surreal, having had the most vivid dream about him and his garden last night!  But I had expected the 'lympics to supersede GW, and for once the Beeb have left well alone.  Wonders will never cease! 

I'll be taking cuttings of herbs.  And sowing some more parsley:  this year, the lovely little plug plants I had so lovingly raised in the spring seem to have succumbed to the poor weather.


Posted: 03/08/2012 at 21:34

Thank you for your encouragement.  (Exit stage right waving cheque in one hand . . . )

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 21:14

Bilberries, wineberries whortleberries - local names for a truly British delicacy.  Exmoor - Lorna Doone - well, Frank, there is many a place named after the Doones hereabout:  cafes, restaurants and campsites take the name, although I doubt if many of the patrons have ever heard of R.D. Blackmore! 

Mostly sunny and breezy today, with a few light showers.  Not quite summer as I would like it to be - but acceptable given some of the rubbish we've had to endure

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 22:02

Sunshine and showers (and heavy showers at that!).  The month may begin with and A - but more like April than August!

Bilberries on Exmoor are known as Whortleberries, Frank - but they make pies and jams just as lovely - no matter what they are called!  I visited Goathland the other year when I stayed with my cousin in York and we had some wonderful days out.  The moors there are bleaker and more stark than we are used to - but beautiful, nonetheless.


Replanting between leylandii stumps

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 21:50

We had a 30 ft high leylandii hedge at the north facing front garden when we moved here.  Because the treas had been planted close to a boundary wall, we were advised not to try to take the stumps out, because it could cause damage to the wall.

We had them cut down as close to the ground as possible.  We then put in a border edging (about 2 - 3ft away from the wall) and created a "raised" border, in-filling with topsoil, and covering the stumps.  Shallow-rooting plants close to the stumps had no problem and other shrubs (wigelia, spirea, hebe and rosa rugosa for example) have found their own space, and settled in very nicely.  Interspersed with some easy annuals and freely self-seeding plants (such as poppies and aquilegias) we now have an  easily maintained area that has allowed light and air into the front garden.

it will take time for the stumps to rot down - but they are not prone to honey fungus, unlike some trees. 

Prunus Kanzan (flowering cherry) going brown

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 21:38

I had just such a problem the other year.  I put it down to low light levels and a general malaise of poor seasonal weather.  A lot of rain promoted lush, weak growth, although the soil was far from waterlogged.

Advice that I was given was to give it a bit of a feed and see how it responded.  It didn't.  That is why it is, sadly, so more.

I don't know if my diagnosis was correct, or if the advice that I was given was poor.  But sometimes a plant reaches a point beyond which it cannot be saved.  I hope this is not the case with your tree - but I would be prepared for the worst, and pleased if next year it manages to perk up. (or, hopefully, there may be better advice from more knowledgeable posters here.)


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