London (change)
Today 18°C / 14°C
Tomorrow 15°C / 9°C

Shrinking Violet

Latest posts by Shrinking Violet

Candelabra Primulas.

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 21:59

@yarrow2:  thanks for the reminder about the Harlow Carr way of getting them to germinate.  I've just watched it again.  The chap said it could be done either in the autumn or the spring, although they favoured the spring sowing so they could identify each plant's colour.  Nothing about planting the under-ripe seed, though.  Perhaps I confused the other advice with ordinary primulas. 

Candelabra Primulas.

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 21:38

I found it impossible to get any germination from dried seed.  But Carol Klein said in a previous series of GW, if I recall correctly, that the primula family of plants is the exception to the rule about ripened seed, and showed how to propogate by sowing fresh seed.  I intend to try this with my plants (bought as mature plants) as they stop flowering.

Overrun by blue flowers

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 17:18

But you're a chap, Geoff, and everyone knows that men don't do nimby-pimby pinks and pastels.   Now - Monty is a case in point.  He clearly loves his Jewel Garden of bright colours, and it does look stunning.  But I get the impression that he's none too keen on pink for some reason or another.

btw bold, clashing (almost) reds, yellows and oranges can be stunning.  Trouble is, they are the palette of late summer/early autumn, I think, and I want some - well, lots of - summer before all that! 

Overrun by blue flowers

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 15:00

Thankyou sotongeoff - quite inspirational!  I'd forgotten about some of those - and I can picture them fitting in perfectly with some planting schemes. 

(Perhaps we should have a colour-driven photo thread?  Mind you - I'm still struggling to find ways of posting photos.  I did have a photobucket account - but a change of laptops and a falling-into-disuse has made that route hard.  Technophobe? Moi?)

Page numbers not working in My Posts

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 14:30

Ditto.  I wanted to look up some info I know was on a previous thread, to which I had contributed, to try to help a new poster.  Couldn't get beyond the first 10 of  "my posts" 

Overrun by blue flowers

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 14:25

Alkanet?  In full flower at this time of year, as discussed elsethread.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 12:02

Temperature about 15 C here, at the diametrically opposite part of the country, Rain!  Lots of sunshine and clouds scudding across the sky.  We may get a shower or two - but the sun truly lifts the spirits, especially after recent weather!  I'd like to think this was the start of summer - but then I looked at the week's weather on Countryfile last night, and I'm not too sure.

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. 

Discussions started by Shrinking Violet


Replies: 8    Views: 533
Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 22:38

All Things Bright and Beautiful

A new version 
Replies: 6    Views: 1726
Last Post: 13/05/2014 at 21:25

Lawn disaster

Neighbour's "lawn" infested with wild garlic! 
Replies: 18    Views: 1683
Last Post: 05/04/2014 at 19:53


Paper White bulbs 
Replies: 8    Views: 695
Last Post: 07/11/2013 at 09:50

Fungus on peas

Peas are late this year - but are becoming covered in mould 
Replies: 8    Views: 739
Last Post: 27/08/2012 at 23:05

Weather Lore - and more

Seasonal sayings and country weather predictions 
Replies: 12    Views: 986
Last Post: 11/05/2012 at 09:30

The wrong kind of birds

Our bird feeder attracts lots of birds but . . . . .  
Replies: 45    Views: 12422
Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 08:58

Community Orchard

Ideas and funding for a small community project 
Replies: 2    Views: 753
Last Post: 17/04/2012 at 17:49
8 threads returned