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Shrinking Violet

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 12:56

Well: who'd-a-thunk it?  The sun is shining, lots of blue sky, tho' drizzly stuff in the air comes and goes (good for rainbows).

If I could send this up to London I would - it's much warmer than predicted.  Thermometer outside kitchen window reads 22C. 

Lots of low cloud on the hills, though, so once again we may be blessed with the Porlock Vale micro-climate.  But I'm making the most of it!

Roast duck with orange sauce for lunch, smelling wonderful in the oven.  Followed by Diamond apple and blackberry puffs (own invention - hope they taste as good as they look!).  And a bottle of fizz to go with it. 

Happy Jubilee all. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 17:45

It's trying to rain as I type - and the clouds have been rumbling for the past hour, so it looks like we will get a bit of useful rain! 

Village had its annual duck race (postponed from the early May BH because of the rain!) and rushed things on a bit to get it done before the weather set in.  Good call, methinks.  (OH is complaining of cold feet and aching legs because he was a "thrasher" in the stream to help the ducks along )

I managed to get my beans and peas in this morning.  Just have to hope they don't get washed away .

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 12:31

Well - if any one can make granddaughter's flower better, then it's you, Frank. 

Very cloudy and threatening here, like it's been the past couple of days.  But, so far, it been more of a threat of rain then actual wet stuff;  things may change - we're predicted to have a bit of a soaking later today/tomorrow.  Jolly Jubilee weather?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 11:30

Re weather - cloudy and murky here today.  Mist on the hills keeps drifting down into the Vale, so it is rather damp and unpleasant.  Musn't grumble - at least plants aren't under stress from too much heat when they're planted out!

Re Frank's inability to see own posts:  I think figrat is right, and there's a glitch in the "ignore" part of personal settings.  I found I couldn't read any posts from Alina for no reason at all.  I hadn't even thought about ignoring anyone, but there it was!  So I "unignored" it - and now can see all posts. 

(I wonder if there's a gremlin in the system???)

Blue Lake Pencil Beans

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 20:09

Blue Lake Pencil Beans

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 19:07

Oh, yes!  Those spiral look so good - real architectural additions to a border.  If you do it - will you post a picture?

Blue Lake Pencil Beans

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 17:23

Can't you quickly build a wigwam/A-frame over them figrat?  I think that's what I'd be tempted to do.  If they are climbing beans - you'll get the crop,  If you have tried to thwart them in their desire to grow upwards, I'm not sure you'd get much of a harvest.  And if they were truly dwarf all along, all you'd have to do is to remove whatever structure you've erected. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 17:19

Cloudy.  Warm this morning but now, late afternoon, it's noticeably cooler.  There's a dampness in the air, so we may yet get the predicted rain.

Blue Lake Pencil Beans

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 17:06

Huh!  Those seeds heard me typing about buying Cobra - 'cos I now have about 20 that have germinated!  Result!

oxygenating weed

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 20:26

Koi carp are not the easiest of fish to keep in a garden pond - and darned expensive if they provide Mr Heron with a meal or two!

Blanket weed is worse when there is an open surface of pond, so spreading plants are a benefit.  Obviously, waterlilies, but also floating plants like water chestnut.

btw after a number of ways of trying to prevent the heron from taking our fish, we have finally discovered that a grid of floating, open-weave "trellis" (for want of a better description) around the pond margin is the least visually intrusive, and the most effective.  The company that supplies them is called Netfloat (

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