Shrinking Violet

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 23:29

Grandad's magic green fingers, eh Frank?  I bet the memory will stay with her for the rest of her life - and what a wonderful memory to have.

When my son was a young Beaver Scout, he was helped by the leaders to plant a daffodil.  It came home in the pot, and he had to nurture it in readiness for next spring.  It did so well, it flowered weeks before he was due to take it back to Beavers, so we had to take a photo to prove that it had flowered.  He (now mid twenties) still remembers it - and we still have the photos to remember it by.  Now - where did all those years go???

Talkback: Bats

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 20:33

We had bats in the attic!  No - really:  the extension part of the house has a separate loft, and they took up residence.  Quite something to be out in the garden at dusk and see them emerge and fly over the garden. 

That said, the downside was that they would creep through gaps in the brickwork into the main part of the attic, and leave their calling cards all over he place!

I also recall taking kids down the end of the garden, and showing them how to attract bats:  throw up into the air, as high as you can, a small handful of dry soil - the bats think there are insects there, and will swoop down.  Super, thought I.  Until one of the cherubs decided to chuck a stone into the air.  At an angle.  And it came down in the GH.  Crack!!! One broken pane of glass.  (Oh, well, he learnt the lesson, as did I ),

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 19:50

Oh, Frank - as ever, you have the ability to bring a much-needed smile to one's face!  As a description of the British weather, it seems to me you're spot on! 

It's been OK-ish here in the West Country.  A few occasional drops and drips, but mostly breezy and bright.  Looks good for the weekend, so fingers crossed on that one! 

For the record, my tomatoes in GH are stunted (about 3ft high, couple of trusses per plant - Italian plum variety) but the tried and trusted Gardeners' Delight in troughs outside are performing well.  I pick the toms like little sweets, so a reduced amount end up in the kitchen!  But the chutney made with them and chillies from the GH is superb (according to neighbour, the recipient of a jar!).  Hope to keep cropping for a good few weeks yet.  Who knows!  Wettest summer for 100 years - and most of it has been here in the West, methinks

Deformed beans

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 19:37

I positively relish the quirky and the mis-shaped veg.  It reminds me of my youth (OMG - you just wouldn't want to know how long ago that was ) when the local market had all sorts of veg and fruit in huge piles, and no-one cared about the shape or the dirt on the spuds etc.  We ate loads of seasonal stuff (none of these beans from Kenya and the like, let alone "mini sweetcorn" which, in my eyes, is unformed, under-ripe and flavourless!).  The worst time of year was late spring.  Green = cabbage.  And more cabbage.  And more . . .   well, you get the picture.  Boring doesn't come into it.  But it meant that the first peas and new potatoes tasted wonderful!

Aaaah! nostalgia - it ain't wot it used ter be

Deformed beans

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 19:44

Actually, the one on the top left of the pic looks like . . .  a Turkey Twizzler - the thing of infamy highlighted by Jamie Oliver as the nadir or school lunches!  Now, if they could get all the beans to grow like that, we might be able to get the little darlings to eat their greens

Deformed beans

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 19:36

It always happens to me - or to my FBs to be more accurate!  It's as if, as the plants age, they are less able to maintain the straight form.  And I believe that the problem is more to do with the very young beans having new bean shoots curling around them and causing them to become twisted.  Makes no difference to the taste - but you wouldn't see them on the shelf at Tesbury's!!!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 19:32

Rain all morning.  Wet cats, of course, came in and wound themselves round my legs demanding to be fed! 

Afternoon was better - sunshine and drying breeze.  Then it all had to be spoiled with - more rain this evening

I took advantage of the dismal weather to get into the GH and have a tidy up (long overdue).  Also potted on some Brussels and winter cabbage plants I bought as plugs from the GC yesterday.  A dozen of each - far too many, really, but I'll find unsuspecting friends (if I've got any left - of the unsupecting variety, that is ) to give the surplus plants.

Beans are barely at the top of the supports - and I grew Moonlight this year.  OK - so they're setting, but nothing to write home about with regard to taste.  Better than nothing, I suppose. We have to make the best of a pretty bad year in the garden!  And I, too, will freeze all that I can as a buffer against the predicted price rises to come.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/08/2012 at 23:11

I know tht there are occasional problems, Frank - but I've never had it consistently at a BH.  Perhaps there's a random hassle selector that picks on unfortunates - and for some reason you are it

Oh and talking of adverts, is it just a coincidence that there's an ad at the side of the page for Boden clothing : "A spanking new range"?  I wonder if it's a reference to Fifty shades of Grey ??? 

Fungus on peas

Posted: 27/08/2012 at 23:05

I did wonder about the milk and water spray which I know is effective for courgettes that succombe to mildew.  Again - I'll file it away for future reference.  Peas are now safely gathered in and in the freezer!  Thanks for the advice David.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/08/2012 at 20:18

Rain - nearly all day, apart from a brief period of non-rain this morning.  Still raining.  Still miserable - yet another Bank Holiday washout.  (And I also keep signed in rather than logging in each time.  Seems to work - apart from the times that the adverts over-write the top of the page!)

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