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Shrinking Violet

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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 (

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 20:01

Went to Taunton today and popped into B & Q.  We needed a strimmer - GC didn't have ANY so B & Q it was.  Good choice available, and we bought a Bosch   . .  .  but I digress:

I looked at the piles of bags of compost .  Many of them (especially B & Q own brand) had been split and re-taped with black plastic tape.  It would seem that a fair number of people are poking holes in the bags and checking the compost before they buy.  And looking at the amount in stock, I would hazard a guess that they ain't buying in the quantities that they used to.  (No empirical evidence - just a gut feeling). 

Still waiting for official response from B & Q  <yawn>


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 19:11

Cloudy with long spells of sunshine;  a bit oppressive when we went to Taunton today - the valley of the riverTone seems to trap the humidity.  Nice to get back to the clear Exmoor air!  Sunny this evening, and at last I've got the GH sorted.  Hope to complete the outdoor planting over the next couple of days.  Then I can put my feet up and watch the Jubilee shenanigans when it, as predicted, rains on Sunday.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 13:32

Warm and sunny, but with a bit more cloud than yesterday.  We have an outside chance of a shower - but we'll probably miss it.  Out with the hose again!  Some of the plants are gasping - and the ground is very, very dry.

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