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Shrinking Violet


Latest posts by Shrinking Violet

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 10:28

Still raining - but with lighter skies, and "they" say it will dry up by this afternoon.

"They" also say that the rain will return tomorrow

Tonight's programme

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 21:01

I really have mellowed so far as Monty is concerned;  previously he seemed remote and not entirely engaged with the programme.  Now, from his own garden, he is more relaxed and there are many parts of the programme to enjoy, even if not directly relevant to my own garden.  Boo to snooker taking over next week.  We want and need more gardening in the spring, not less!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 12:18

Pouring with rain;  gusty winds;  temperature reads 4 C.  I shall do nothing in the garden today - except check the GH to make sure that all is OK and may have to water the seedlings etc. which seems perverse in this weather

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 20:10

Still cold; intermittent rain; wind getting stronger.  OMG - it feels like it's brewing up.  Probably won't get much sleep tonight if it really does chuck it down.  Have to make sure the leat at the end of the garden is kept clear, too, or we'll be flooded.

We actually had braised steak and onions for dinner tonight - a real winter favourite.  And I was looking forward to lighter spring and summer menus. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 11:50

Grey and overcast and spitting with rain - a forestaste of tomorrow if the weather pundits are right.  But it is so cold - thermometer outside reads 5 C.  And it's May next week - did we have summer in March?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 16:43

Sunshine and showers in Somerset - a bit more sun than shower, for once.  Very soggy underfoot, though.

Talkback: Tulips

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 13:39

I planted my tulips in troughs this year, and they have been spectacular (sorry to rub it in).  The only disappointment was that the deep burnt-orange ones were a bit more peachy.  I had intended a full colour clash with strong purple and deep red, but it didn't quite go to plan.  But I'll try again next year.

btw am I the only one who doesn't see the point of yellow tulips?  After all the yellow daffs, I want something different - and love the strong colour splash that tulips can offer.  Yellow tulips just seem - well,  a bit of the same colour palette, and a bit boring as a result.

cost of entrance to gardening shows

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 12:54

It is many years since I went either to Chelsea or Hampton Court - it's a long, long way from West Somerset.  It was pricey, but perhaps it is one of those items I can tick off of my list of things to do before the Grim Reaper appears!

But for the last couple of years OH and I have gone to Taunton Flower Show - a special deal from the West Somerset Railway, with a trip on the train and bus link to Taunton.  Makes a lovely day out, and quite reasonably priced given the combination of train and show (about £30 per person). 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 12:42

Well - it's not as bad as was predicted (crossed fingers for tempting fate).  Showery rain rather than continuous downpour, and sun inbetween.  Quite mild, too - but far too wet underfoot to do anything useful in the garden.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 19:15

It was a lovely day here - lots of sunshine, although the clouds really are now gathering to the south - big and black and threatening. 

I was able to do a lot in the garden - the weeds have grown apace, and I was able to re-pot some heucheras, which had, I discovered, vine weevil grubs.  (good for the birds, though). 

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