Shrinking Violet


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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 23:14

Sunny and breezy here all day - perfect for getting the washing dry.  (My mother must be turning in her grave - what!  Washing out on a Sunday!!)  Some rain this evening and expected overnight, but the next few days should be (fingers crossed) pretty good.

We had the Olympic Torch on the third day (May 21st) in our village.  It was a lovely event - I was a street marshall helping to keep the crowds under control .  But it was exciting to see it, and I've followed a lot of the progress round the country since then.  All the Jubilee bunting - in our case, put up in advance - added to the street decorations.  Brilliant. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 23:00

That's the great conundrum of life, Lorelei.  Slugs and snails ignore the weeds (or so it seems) but will feast on our beloved, nurtured plants.  "C'mon guys," you can almost hear them saying, "Lettuce for lunch, delphiniums for tea and tender bean shoots for supper.  Tuck in - it all tastes so much better than weeds". 

I sometimes wonder why their mums didn't tell them to eat the proper greens, and not snack all day on quick-fix stuff.  Why isn't there a Jamie Oliver in the CrunchyandSlimey world?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 19:28

Rained this morning.  Rained at mid-day.  Rained 'til about 3pm.  Short respite.  Rained at 4pm.  Still raining. 

sweet williams

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 12:31

Perhaps we've been taken in by the "biennial" description.  Mine are absolutely wonderful this year - far better than last year.  I suppose that eventually they do wear themselves out - but these are just a picture alongside my lupins and verbascums. 

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Posted: 14/06/2012 at 16:38

Father's Day - just another excuse for the greetings card industry to get us to buy more cards, and for sales of aftershave etc to get a bit of a boost beyond the Christmas season!

Freesias are one of my favourite flowers, too, so I'll be interested in any feedback Lorelei (Siren of the Bristol Channel? ).  I would happily give them another go, as it were.

Rain still threatening to get heavy here - but it just spatters down, lightens up a bit, and then goes greyer.  According to the lunchtime forecast, we should be sitting under a big blue blanket by now.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 14:01

Batten down the hatches, then, Lorelei - this weather is moving up the Bristol Channel! 

I tried freesias once, with limited success, so I hope yours do well.  Likewise a scabious, which decided not to like me, and turned up its toes in no time at all.  Oh, well - success wouldn't be so sweet if it was always assured, would it? 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 13:44

It's started to rain in the past half-an-hour and the pundits say it's the start of 48hours-worth. Sorry folks - but we'll be sharing our south west largesse with the rest of you before long.

Hedgehogs?  Haven't seen (or heard) one for ages.  Or badger, who used the leat at the end of the garden as a personal highway (with, at one time, its very own motorway service station aka the veg patch with badger-friendly sweet corn ).  Just have to make do with the mice that eat my seeds - and the birds ditto.  I don't mind the latter though.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 17:34

Sunny but with more cloud today.  It's building up to look a bit grey and threatening now - forecast is rather depressing!

Planting an Art-Deco Raised Border

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 22:18

Hi LowiePete - I am in complete awe!  It is a fantastic design, and so good to see the work in progress through to completion. 

Art Deco is strong design, and I wouldn't have thought of translating it to garden design - but your garden is superb.  You must be very proud - and rightly so!

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Posted: 12/06/2012 at 18:38

Sorry to add to those in rain-sodden misery, but in W. Somerset it has been lovely.  Blue skies & sunshine although coolish rather than warm.  But nice enough to get out into the garden all day, plant (much overdue) plants raised from seed and to pull the ever-present weeds )

Oh - weeds:  Verbena Bonariensis:  I have hundreds of self-seeded plants!  Potted up loads (the whole village will have these in their gardens at this rate) and, against my normal instincts, I have to get rid of loads more!  Am I alone in finding it hard to dispose of viable seedlings?

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