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Shrinking Violet

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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. 

sweet williams

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 12:31

Perhaps we've been taken in by the "biennial" description.  Mine are absolutely wonderful this year - far better than last year.  I suppose that eventually they do wear themselves out - but these are just a picture alongside my lupins and verbascums. 

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