Shrinking Violet

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How do you separate these Daisies

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 16:33

I think they look like Shasta Daisies, too.  They can be the very devil to lift if you have heavy clay soil, as I recall from previous experience.  If you have a problem dividing them, then lift them in large clumps and dunk the roots in water to wash off the soil  Autumn is he best time for this, and they are pretty easy to re-plant.  (I suggest autumn rather than winter btw because lots of water and cold weather is not a pleasant combination )

To design or not to design?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 16:27

Patricia - we also have our house up for sale.  It's taking a long time - this part of the country is well behind the rest with regard to movement in the housing market!  Finally, there are signs that things are picking up.  The comments we get from all those who view is that they love the garden.  (Not as large as yours, but designed with pond, island bed, ericaceous bed, veg plot etc).  I suspect that they don't want the work associated with it, although there is as much or as little work as you want, if you plan things properly.  (The ericaceous bed of rhodos & azaleas pretty much looks after itself, for example).

Ah, well - we just have to wait and hope for a fellow-enthusiast to turn up!  Good luck.

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:16

Having researched family history (both mine and OH's), we can, surprisingly, find no direct involvement of either family in WW1.

However, it is all very poignant, and heart-breaking to hear the testimony from those whose forebears took part and were killed.  Oh, what a tragic waste war is.  Would that the politicians would learn from history, rather than dooming us all in casual repetition.

I will light a candle tonight, and reflect on those millions who died.  And the millions of families changed for ever as a result, either of those deaths or the injuries sustained.

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). 

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