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Shrinking Violet

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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.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 23:25

And that morning cup of tea in the warm sunshine in the open air tastes like ambrosia, Zoomer.  I can remember the treat of having my breakfast in the garden when I was a kid - it always seemed to taste so much better that eating it boringly indoors!


Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 18:00

The standard chemical treatment used to be Armillatox.  However, since the manufacturers couldn't afford the high costs of testing etc. the product is now sold for cleaning greenhouses, paths etc.  (A bit like Jeyes fluid, I suppose).

Where there is a large ornamental area to deal with, you can still used the product. will give the dilution rates.

I have used it successfully where my rhodos and azaleas were being munched.  For pots I use Provado.  I don't (fingers crossed) have a problem with edibles.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 13:48

Very warm and sunny - but not too hot, thank goodness.  Am getting a lot of my plants in the soil at last - just hope that they are all ok, since they've been held back a bit in cells and pots.

Last year I planted out Cobea Scandens in mid-May.  If you remember, it was a very cool summer and the plants turned purple and sulked.  Come the later warmth, they grew like Jack's beanstalk, and carried on flowering till the end of October.  They would have continued till Christmas, but I had to take them out and clear the garden.  I'm now wondering how they'll perform this year!

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 13:43

I have had a reply from B & Q where they say that the matter has been referred to their buying team.  Apparently, they have welcomed my comments.  I await their full response. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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