Shrinking Violet


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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 20:10

OMG - I've seen the news, and great swathes of the country seem to be inundated or will be imminently!  I just hope that all of you in vulnerable areas are able to take care, and take preventative action against flash flooding if necessary.

It's raining here, and the local weather has put part of our region (fortunately well to the south of us) on Red Alert. 

We're off on a week's s break to Cornwall tomorrow.  I'm looking out me flippers and scuba gear, sou' wester and wellies.  Ought to take care of it.  After all, "they" say there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes and preparation. (Try telling that to some poor people in the painful throes of clearing up the mess).

Oh, and we're near the thousand posting mark.  David - over to you for the honour? 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 09:57

For once we have the (slightly) better weather.  Although there's no blue sky, the clouds are white and high, there's a bit of a breeze and it's dry enough for me to chance putting the washing out!  We may get some wet stuff later in the day, but given what dire weather is being experienced elsewhere, I'm counting my blessings!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 23:30

Grey damp and dank again for most of the day.  It did brighten up briefly this afternoon - but the forecast isn't very clever. 

On the plus side, driving across Exmoor this evening, the moon was huge, yellow and was an amazing sight.  May have been weather related or just some sort of atmospheric phenomenon - but pretty spectacular nevertheless!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 22:17

Frank - pleased to hear that the sunflower is doing well.  I remember when my son had to grow a daffodil when he was a Beaver Scout.  We put the pot outside with minimal protection - but it did so well, we had to photograph it to prove that it had grown enormous and had flowered weeks before he was due to take it back to show the leaders and other Beavers!  I expect your GD is as proud of her horticulture as he was at the time.

Obs - glad that you are making progress after the surgery and back problems.  It is so frustrating to know that you want to get out and do stuff in the garden, and yet not be able to do so.  Hope you continue to make good progress!

Oh, and I was surprised to find that the wet stuff stopped, despite all expectations.  Went out and was followed around on the patio by a strange thing.  I then realised it was - my shadow!!!

Floppy Rose

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 22:05

Wow!  I knew that there would be someone out there better organised than I am.  So why, I wonder, did I think it was an American thing?  Either I dreamt it, or there was some form of link to an American website  But, whatever the case, many thanks Dove to  have followed up on my (poor) memory.  (Note to self:  save it!  Reference it!  Remember it!)  Thank you again

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 11:34

That's what we need Frank - a bit of HRT (Horticultural Retail Therapy).  I wouldn't mind a drop or two of your sunshine either.  I can't see the hills the clouds are so low and the rain looks like it's set in for the day.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 10:14

Ditto David.  Also alliteratively, dank, so feeling downhearted awaiting downpour!

no apples!

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 23:29

It was reported in the paper the other day that commercial orchards were suffering, too, and that it was expected that the harvest will be pretty poor this year.  My apple tree, usually reliably pollinated by next door's tree, is barren this year. 

Floppy Rose

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 23:25

I read of a technique in America where the arching stems were effectively "trained" into arches around the central stems by pinning them down (think pumpkin shape).  The stems then sent up flowering shoots which gave a thickened and prolific appearance.  I wish I could remember the name of the technique or guide you to a website, but it was some time ago.  I meant to earmark it for future reference.  Full of good intentions, me!

Plant Identification

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 23:20

They self-seed everywhere, courtesy of the birds, I guess.  The flowers are pretty inconsequential, but the bees love them.  I have one (cotoneaster, not a bee!) just outside the kitchen door.  It is alive with bees atm - when the sun shines, that is.  I let it flower, the bees do their thing, and then I prune it back, sacrificing some of the berries but keeping the plant in check.  If left, it can get a bit unwieldy in my experience.

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