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Shrinking Violet

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 12:18

Lovely bright & sunny atm, but clouds are gathering . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Bird feeders causing weeds?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 18:04

Yes, that happens with my feeder, too, and that does have a tray underneath.  It catches quite a lot of the seed, but much more falls to the ground and it does germinate and have to be weeded regularly.

I don't know if the seed could be re-used as it were, and it is an expensive waste.  However, on the plus side, at this moment I'm looking at three siskins and two goldfinches eating happily.

Plant stall for early July

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 14:19

In my experience, stalls don't grow very well unless planted at the full moon and fed regularly

Plant stall for early July

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 14:10

Oooh!  It's spooky.  Is this a request for ideas for what to sell, or a plea for customers? 

(Answers on a postcard  )

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 10:54

Well, what do you know - it is chucking it down with huuuuge hailstones!  Oh, me poor tulips!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 10:49

Bright blue sky and sunshine - what a treat!  But as I look across the Bristol Channel to Wales I can see ominous, dark skies, ditto over Exmoor, so it won't be long before it tips it down again.  April showers?


Posted: 19/04/2012 at 20:23

It also roots very easily:  pick off a few shoots and strip off the lower leaves.  Put them in water, and within a week or so they will develop roots.  Pot up in the usual way.  No need to suffer the agonies of trying to get seeds to germinate (a bit hit'n'miss in my experience) and no need to repeat-puchase those leggy specimens in the supermarket! 

New site - is it easy to use?

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 20:18

Sorry if I'm being dense - but what is the relevance of the red chillies that appear by some threads but not others? 

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 19:03

Gold1locks - thank you and well done.  I just hope that we don't get drawn into silly nonsense that happened before.  Mind you, the Beeb hosts and mods were very quick off the mark to "punish" off-topic threads, but seemed powerless/unwilling when it came to an obvious Troll.

High hopes for this board though.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 17:46

Ditto to Amazing2 (who I presume is Amazing from Scotland? Or her twin?).

Daniel, if you had had the grief from grid that Beeb posters did you would know why there was an instant alert.  He signalled his persona here by actually calling himself "gridgardener".  We have to be prepared for all sorts of silly names as he tries to troll his way in to despoil what is a friendly (and user-friendly) MB.

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