Shrinking Violet

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Taunton Flower Show

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 22:13

 Excellent!  So glad you had a good time!

Taunton Flower Show

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 20:38

So how was it for you, Winniecat?  I've been in Wellington today - a downpour at lunchtime, but lots of warm sunshine for the rest of the day.  Was Taunton as lucky?  And did you enjoy the flower show?


Midges/mosquito help!!!

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 20:27

I agree about the Avon Skin so Soft (original - they have added other "perfumes" over the years). 

The only way to prevent midges etc from breeding is to ensure there is no open water eg in a forgotten bucket round the back of the shed!  And for the water butt - I add a little bit of Armillotox (about half a capful) which forms a sheen over the top, and prevents midges from laying eggs.  I tend to use the butt as a dip-in reservoir rather than using the tap, and a bit of Armillotox in the water does no harm for general watering.  (It can be used, is particular dilutions, for example, as a soil drench against vine weevils!). 

Taunton Flower Show

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 20:12

Weather here is predicted to be showery, gradually drying up, so it's in the lap of the gods as to what it's like at the show tomorrow!

It has been raining all afternoon - a steady, gentle rain that doesn't batter the plants down, but actually gets right into the soil, and, boy, do we need it!  (On the minus side, I've already been out there hunting for the slimies and crunchies that have emerged into the damp).

Taunton Flower Show

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 17:04

I agree about Toby Buckland - a nice chap who couldn't/wouldn't stand up to the production team of GW.

The Taunton Flower Show is really rather good.  I've been many times (but can't manage it this year, unfortunately) and found it friendly and informative on all the stands.  It's a bit like a local village flower and produce show on a large scale, with commercial plant and equipment stands, as well as some gardens to see.  They also have demonstrations and a show arena, so it's all rather jolly.

I hope you have a great time Winniecat.  They were saying on Points West TV that it is bigger and better than ever this year, so I hope it lives up to the hype.

Talkback: Moving house

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 16:59

We are still hoping to move - the housing market has been very slow in West Somerset!  In the meantime, I have split plants/taken cuttings and potted them all up.  Any potential purchaser is told that, if it's in  pot, it's moving with me.  No ambiguity, so no problem.  And by taking cuttings etc the main body of the garden will be left in tact - if the purchasers want it.  I dare say they'll wonder why on earth I had plant x next to plant y, and shift things around.  But that's the joy of gardening - putting your own stamp on it.  And I am taking some of my beloved memories with me (one of which started in my mother's garden over 50 years ago!).

spuds just fall apart when boiled

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 20:18

In my experience, some varieties are more prone to this than others.  Charlotte will turn to mush very easily;  the best solution is to steam them (unpeeled). 


Posted: 04/07/2014 at 23:22

bekkie:  I think it's "I have nothing to declare but my genius".  (Must check that one in the dictionary of quotations)


I like:  "Friends are flowers in the garden of life".  Says it all imo

Lost garden tools

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 21:57

I have a bag thing with lots of pockets round the side, which are ideal for slipping in seccies, dibbers etc.  Central part of the bag is fine for hand trowels, forks etc. I keep it with me at all times, and find that I rarely lose bits and pieces. 

But we have two sheds - small one by the house, larger one by the work section (wherein also lurk the compost bins).  The big loppers are always in the other shed.  Ditto the border fork.  Ditto the spades.  Ditto the hoe.  I get more exercise trudging from one end of the garden to the other than I do on my Keep Fit programme!

hardy geraniums

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 21:45

Usually cutting them back will, as previous posters have said, allow a second flush of flowers.  However, I have found that Johnson's Blue does not flower a second time.  Shame - it is a glorious addition to the border.  However, it, like other geraniums, will leaf up again, making decent mounds of lovely soft foliage, even if there are no further flowers.

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