Shrinking Violet

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Posted: 09/09/2012 at 23:50

Tiny red dots = coral fungus.  Out with it instantly.  Dig over the soil and improve by adding compost or leaf mould.  Don't leave it to see what will happen - things need to be addressed, and the sooner the better!  Btw I found that the roots of a poorly forsythia were not that difficult to get out and deal with.  For all that it can become a large shrub, the root system is not that deep/extensive.  Well - mine wasn't, anyway!  Good luck!

Wartime Farm

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 17:40

Even in the 1960s the hangover from the war coloured farming.  It's easy with hindsight to criticise the widespread use of pesticides etc etc, but doing 'O' level and 'A' level Geography, we were still being taught about the "virtues" of intensive agriculture etc and as we learnt about other countries in, for example, the Mediterranean area, we pitied their "backward" farming.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing.  But the real fear for the immediate future as experienced by Frank must have been terrible.  I think this series may show some of the difficulties experienced by a country dependent on Commonwealth imports.  I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.


Posted: 09/09/2012 at 16:49

I agree with Welshonion, I'm afraid.  Forsythia is prone to a certain amount of die-back in my experience.  And, yes, the rule of thumb of pruning about one third of a shrub each year is best but  you probably gave the poor old thing one helluva shock!

Best course of action is to know when to admit defeat - and some plants reach the end of their natural life, and need to be culled anyway.

Ask yourself if you really, really want forsythia.  It is a wonderfully bright harbinger of spring.  And dull, dull, dull the rest of the year, imo.   I didn't weep any tears when an inherited one turned up its toes on me! 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 16:42

Blue box still says sunny & clear.  Our sky says cloudy with occasional brightness.  Blue box says cloudy tomorrow.  Weatherman on telly says rain.  You pays yer money and you takes yer choice!

Roast beef sounds lovely, Frank.  Lucky us having real butchers to provide real, well-hung beef, rather than the wet, bright red stuff in supermarkets.

Free-range chicken for us this evening with sausagemeat stuffing with herbs and onion.  Ymm - Sunday roast is the easiest meal of the week!

Spent the day in the garden clearing and tidying stuff - including the summerhouse.  How do we acquire so much stuff?  And why are there so many huuuuuuge spiders lurking in every corner?  Oh, well, it's done now and all set for the (whisper) winter!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/09/2012 at 18:18

So the box on the right for us says Sunny/clear.  I reckon they got us mixed up, Frank, since it has been partly cloudy all day.  The sky is getting whiter as high cloud moves in (a bit earlier than predicted, I suspect).  So expecting rain tomorrow at some stage.  Oh, well, it was too good to last!

Made the most of the warmth and hazy sun, and read my book again  - goodness knows who-dunnit, but only a few more chapters to go

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Posted: 07/09/2012 at 17:59

Frank - glad your eyes are OK.  Those drops are the very devil, and when I had a similar test, I couldn't drive for a few hours because the pupils were so dilated.

Gorgeous weather here in SW.  Maud, I'm pleased you're feeling better, and I hope you enjoy Wisley tomorrow as much as I did Rosemoor today.  The setting was just perfect, and the "hot" garden was a sight to behold. 

Felt obliged to spend some time in the plant shop, having already indulged in the craft tent.  All in all, a lovely day.  Fingers crossed for more for the weekend at least.

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Posted: 06/09/2012 at 22:34

Lovely day again.  Well, it was lovely until I discovered the dreaded blight  on some of the tomato plants.  They were "spare" seedlings that I set in a trough and grew in the mini plasticGH.  Cut the plants down, binned the foliage etc and disinfected secateurs etc so hopefully it was contained in one small area. 

Wartime Farm

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 22:29

Well - I enjoyed the episode this evening, and look forward to the rest of the series.  Re-enacting farming of the time certainly brings it home to us just how hard it must all have been.  And to think that a paraffin stove was seen as a great innovation and convenient!  I'd read about them - but never seen one in operation, so that was a new experience for me.  We take so much for granted these days. 

Wartime Farm

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 20:08

I loved the previous series, so look forward to this one.  Having been born just after the war, I remember the privations that still existed for many long years.  The flower nursery at the end of the garden was just a tiny bit too small to be forced into food production.  I don't know what they did grow - but they certainly kept chickens, which attracted the rats, which attracted the cats - which is why our moggie had lacy ears - the trophies of many fights with competing toms!  This was in North London.  I looked the area up on Google Earth - built on and unrecognisable!

Relatives in Kent were very much part of the food production imperative.  And they lived beneath "Bomb Alley" - the flight path of the Doodlebugs - so it wasn't without its dangers!  Re-visiting the area around Coxheath some years ago, it was hard to imaging it as producing anything - except houses! 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 19:44

Hot and sunny here in the West.  Wall-to-wall sunshine.  Bliss.  After all the work in the garden I decided to make the most of the good weather, and spent much of the day reading (with a glass of chilled white wine at my elbow) or having a leisurely lunch on the patio.  Looks set fair for the rest of the week, too.

Hope you feel better Maud to enjoy this fleeting reminder of summer! 

Btw my hardy fuchsias have never looked better - so they, at least, must have relished the rain. 

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