Shrinking Violet

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Plants arrived from

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 19:47

I think they will probably survive ok.  I would do as they have suggested, rather than rushing to plant them out.  The wilting leaves can be picked off, but the main plants look as if they are healthy enough.  I have had plants that have come out of over-wintering looking not dissimilar, and with a little bit of TLC they have performed very well.

By all means express your concerns with the supplying company, but give them a bit of a chance to recuperate from being lifted, packaged and posted.

One of the good guys

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 17:56

Last year OH ordered a selection of Bletilla for me (Telegraph offer).  The bare roots supplied were not good.  Even though I tended the plants carefully, they did not thrive.

This was reported to Hayloft, who promised replacements.  They couldn't fulfil this immediately, and promised to do so in "mid March" this year. 

Cynically, having heard nothing, I assumed that it would be yet another promise unfulfilled.

Hats off to Hayloft - replacements have arrived today (looking much healthier than last year, so I have high hopes of good plants).  No charge - not even for postage.

It's easy to criticise.  But this is fulsome praise for a company that admits to faults with the original supply, and follows up with the replacements.

I am one happy bunny!!

Claiming a grass verge?

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 21:19

You don't say how long you have lived in the property.  There are laws regarding what is known as "Adverse possession".  Prior to 2003 you had to have had access to, and quiet possession of the land in question for 12 years;  after that date, subject to specific conditions, the time period is 10 years,  The law is complex, and you may wish to take advice on the subject.  But if you raise the issue and the true owner comes forward, you may have to abandon any claim for adverse possession.  You didn't raise the issue when you bought the property, and the land is not included in the deeds.  It may be an uphill struggle to have any meaningful claim to ownership or rights to the land in question.  A solicitor would be best able to help, I think.

Privacy from play house

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 14:39

Rules governing planning permission for a playhouse used to be max 4metres height (3 metres to the eaves) and 1 metre away from a boundary.  Rules change, so it is worth double checking.  But with all neighbour (potential) disputes, it is sometimes better for all concerned to talk first.

Privacy from play house

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 14:21

Evangeline - have you spoken with the neighbours?  Do they realise how upset you are?  It may be some sort of compromise can be reached on a friendly basis rather than relying council intervention.  But I do like the suggestion from Obelixx - and you would be able to enjoy the roses for years to come, long after next doors' little darlings have grown up!

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 20:13

Long Tailed Tits come into our garden mob-handed.  Suddenly there is a twittering and a squawking, and there they are, taking over the feeding station.  Then - as suddenly as they arrived they are gone.  Shame - they are such pretty birds:  it's a pleasure to have them as visitors.

Christmas dilemma

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 15:51

I sympathise, and agree that Pansy's magic medicine will probably work wonders!

I also have in my medicine cupboard an emergency dental repair kit.  Last Christmas I, too, broke a tooth just before the big day.  Fortunately it wasn't painful - just sharp, so I filed it down a bit with an emery board .  But ever since then, I have the emergency kit ready if needed!  (Bought it in Boots - part of the DenTek range.  Not cheap - but a lot of peace of mind!)

Get better soon daisy - hopefully it will be a whole lot better by this time tomorrow.

If you were to buy yourself 3 plants for Christmas...

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 20:35

aym - I was going to PM you: it is fantastic!  I really mean it:  doing the exercises every day has made a huge difference, and instead of limping around feeling sorry for myself, I have been able to walk without limping (mostly).  So thank you for your help - I shall keep up the good work of exercise and vitamins etc and hope that it will continue to improve!

Happy 2017!

If you were to buy yourself 3 plants for Christmas...

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 20:16

Oh, aym - my post was but a joke!  It wasn't meant to be taken seriously.  But I congratulate you on starting an interesting thread.  And perhaps we need a Get-,me-out-of-the-January-Blues thread of what we would like/will aim to acquire in the year ahead!

RIP George Michael

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 20:12

This year has seen many famous people depart this world, and the end of the year seems to follow the pattern.

That said, I have to confess that, when a commentator on the radio said that everyone would know this chap, I really, hand on heart, wouldn't have recognised him if he had walked through the door.  And I find it really, really hard to think of a duo as a "band".

OK - I'm old, grumpy and I'll get me coat .  .  .  .  . 

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