Shrinking Violet


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Why didn't I think of it before?

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 21:12

I was certain it wasn't a unique idea - but it seems so obvious once you've done it!  Cheap and effective:  ticks all my boxes

Why didn't I think of it before?

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 20:38

We were sorting out the "garage" for which read suppository of all useful bits of wood, screws and sundry items that will "come in handy".  (Ladies of a certain age will doubtless identify with that),


So we found an expandable shower curtain rail - the sort that you sort of pull and twist and wedge between two walls, the better to hang a shower curtain, usually over the edge of the bath.


We have no need of such an item.  But, before it could be consigned to the tip/charity shop I had a light bulb moment.


Under the ridge of my greenhouse, from one end to the other, I positioned said pole.  I did not, you will be pleased to note, hang a shower curtain, the details of its use in such a place being too much to contemplate


However, I have used it to drape over it and down both ridges of the GH some fleece.  This diffuses the light, and, when we have a shady day, I can simply unclip it from the occasional clips used to hold it in place down the roof angles, and gather it to one side to let in the light.


I anticipate using this method for bubble wrap in the winter.  I'm rather pleased with this system, and thus far it seems to be working a treat.  (I shall report any pitfalls!)

Last edited: 08 June 2016 20:39:15

Fences and covenants...

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 20:54

Yes

Johnsons Blue geranium

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 20:26

In my experience, Johnson's Blue don't actually have a second flush of flowers - well the ones I had in my previous garden didn't.  But take the shears to the straggly growth, and the new leaves will make a lovely, tactile soft mound of leaves in next to no time!


The alternative is to cut to the ground all the flowering stems - but in both approaches, no second flowering for Johnson's Blue, I'm afraid. 


I'd love to be wrong, of course, in which case, I had nurtured the wrong cultivar for many a long year

Progress update

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 22:19

Muddle - sorry if your comments are directed at me.  I have never meant to patronise anyone, and I don't quite understand the reference.  You indicated that you thought there was an implication of Pansy being manipulated by the GW team.  Not sure I can agree on that - but if I don't agree, it doesn't mean that I patronise anyone.  And I certainly don't have a hidden agenda.


Sorry if I've offended you - not meant.  Just expressing what I hoped was a conciliatory opinion.   Pax 

Progress update

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 22:07

Muddle - I find it hard to believe that Pansy is being manipulated by the GW team.  I suspect that there is more to this than is meeting the eye of the public forum.  However, cool and calm may be the order or the day, and that may bring about a better resolution.


I understand only too well how difficult the situation is that Pansy faces.  Health problems make emotions run high, and I trust that the moderation of the board will take that into account when trying to resolve these issues.


I have found GW to be friendly, helpful and well-run.  It has been even-handed, and lightly moderated (maybe too lightly on occasion) and we have all benefited. 


Let's sleep on it, rather than rushing to early judgement.  Well, that is what I shall do, at least.


SV

Progress update

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 21:50

Obelixx - I am nonplussed by Pansy's cooling off period.  But, given the fact that, after the changes to the board, the team has made strenuous efforts to deal with many problems, including that of the visually impaired, I have, thus far, given them the benefit of the doubt, and hope that the matter can be resolved sooner rather than later, and in an amicable way.


Time was, on the old Beeb board, when problems were ignored or there was total over-reaction.  I think the moderation here on GW is less heavy-handed.  I hope I am proved right.  But your wise words may pour a little oil on troubled waters (I hope).


I think that those in charge have had some very difficult messages to deal with (if I read between the lines of some of the posts from the likes of Daniel) and I suspect that the current problem may be an over-reaction to that.  Let's hope it is all sorted and that gracious apologies all round will bring about harmony on what is, overall, a lovely forum for gardeners.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 23:38

I hesitate to rub it in, as it were, but here in the South West (Devon) we have had a glorious few days.  A little more hazy cloud today, but overall warm and pleasant.  As they said on the weather forecast "West is Best".  (We're making the most of it - usually the prevailing westerly winds give us the rain that other parts of the country avoid).

So......Chelsea!

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 19:44

So - why is Monty dressed in a rag-bag suit that looks like it comes from the local charity shop, and is a couple of sizes too large?


So - why did Joe Swift feel it was acceptable to keep reminding all and sundry that he had won a medal a few years ago.  (Presume it was gold - just so no interested in him and his precious nonsense)


So - what is it about slebs that makes their opinions worth airing, let alone listening to?


So - why so little attention to plants rather than personalities?


On a real plus point - I was fascinated by the Abutilon display - I hadn't realised the diversity.  I shall look at them with fresh eyes.


And for the record - some years ago when living in Porlock (from whence cometh Cleve West at one time) I suggested that the possibility of some sort of Exmoor garden be planned - from moor to sea - (whether or not it would ever have been good enough for Chelsea is, to say the least, debatable - but it was a dream).  Cleve West was written to, and his advice sought.  Answer came there none.  And typically, the village did nothing anyway.  But I like to think that the idea germinated there . . .

So...............

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 19:31

So, B3 (see what I did there?  sorry!) they numb the gum first.  Well, they try to.  But when it's a Buccal (sp) filling ie on the outside of the tooth near the gum, it's a bit more complicated.  And when they hit the nerve that shoots up the side of your nose ('cos the tooth in question is next to the canine) it's definite ouch.


On the plus side - my dentist is lovely, minimised any what he calls discomfort, and it was over in less than 15 minutes.  And (definite plus, this) there was no untoward suggestion of unwanted (!) behaviour


On the downside - he's going back to South Africa.  Oh, no - who on earth am I going to trust now?


btw numbness wore off, tea was minimally slurped, and all is now well with the world.

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