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Shrinking Violet


Latest posts by Shrinking Violet

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.

My dream garden

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 23:15

I shared that dream.  And then I woke up to the sound of rain pounding down, and I swear I could hear the weeds growing, too.  So perhaps that was the dream as well.  Or was I dreaming that I was having a dream that . . . . . ummmm lost meself there! 

But it would be nice to have that sunshine.  1976 - oh, yes I remember it well.  I lived in North London, and commuted to work every day to the centre of town.  Hot didn't beging to describe how dreadful the journeys were.  (If you've ever stood on a crowded tube train pressed up against an unsavoury armpit, you'll know just what I mean).  And the city was hot, hot, hot.  And the suburbs were hot, hot, hot.  And the garden wilted. 

The rain, once they'd appointed a drought Tsar (sound familiar?) didn't stop.  And that's when I had booked my holiday.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 22:10

Grey clouds. Rain. Grey clouds again. Rain again. Grey . . . . . . . . . . .

Well, you get the picture!  Fed up with this.  Going on holiday to Cornwall next week.  Probably be as much fun as .......... grey clouds and rain!  Again! 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 11:43

Wet!  Again!

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 20:17

Still waiting for a reply from B & Q . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(Good job I'm not holding my breath )

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 17:00

Dry, sunny and breezy here, so perfect for getting washing dry.  Brother visiting from Northamptonshire, so no real gardening - but there's always next week (in between the predicted showers and Wimbledon, of course )

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 14:10

Rain this morning - now some sunshine, but breezy and intermittent showers are forecast.  Uh oh - here comes one now! 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 19:43

Dramatic video and dramatic pictures!  I saw on the news that there have been many flash floods.

We have had lots of cloud with good sunny intervals - but it's been so humid that it's been almost unbearable.  But in view of others' experiences, I reckon we got off lightly!

Hope you all manage to mop up and dry out!

 

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