Shrinking Violet

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Chelsea 2017

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 21:26

Maybe I would break the boundaries and have one statement weed - a thistle to represent G sharp?

Last edited: 24 May 2017 21:27:18

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 20:29

So it's not just me, then!  "Best in Show" - hmmmmm.  A touch of the emperor's new clothes, methinks.  Rather like some very modern art.  Or music.  The cognoscenti extol the virtues.  Lesser mortals scratch their heads and gravitate to more pleasing arrangements, with more ideas that can usefully be copied/adapted.

PS perhaps we will one day have a horticultural equivalent of John Cage - he of the 4'33" "music" of silence.  And all of the above will wonder that no-one ever thought of it before.  I'm up for giving it a go!  All I need is a sponsor with more money than sense, maybe. 

Cooked food in compost

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 21:10

I seem to recall on some programme or another (I, know - it's all rather vague) that the mould that grows on bread - the blue/grey stuff - actually inhibits the good bacteria in the compost heap, and that it is best not added.  I could, of course, be totally wrong, but maybe there's someone with a scientific bent who would know?

Thompson Morgan - dead plants, dead customer service

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 19:25

Don't be seduced by the anodyne "reply" from T & M:  it is quite standard to say that they are there to help resolve the problem(s).  What they actually want is for you to get off the public platform and to communicate with them privately and directly.  And then you will find you have gone round full circle until your frustration/temper gets the better (or worse) of you.  Keep plugging away.  Keep it public.  Name, shame and be damned (to paraphrase a certain quote!).

Bletilla striata Alba

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 19:47

I am trying to grow several bletilla plants at the moment.  I ordered 5 last year from Hayloft Plants, and they all failed to thrive.  Hayloft promised replacements this year, and above and beyond my expectations, they sent them - in much better condition than last year, and I currently have them protected in the GH - planted low down so out of any direct sun, but well protected from frost in particular and bad weather in general.  All but one (which died) are putting on slow growth.

They are doing OK-ish.  But further advice from experienced growers of these would be interesting.  They certainly weren't sold as "water plants" but they seem to be a bit picky with regards to site/location etc. And even here in the generally mild South West they don't seem to be making the progress I had expected.

Thompson Morgan - dead plants, dead customer service

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 18:46

Theoretically, Obelixx,  the MD or CEO of a company ought to respond to a complaint.  Three letters to the CEO of Argos produced absolutely nothing.  Zero response.  Hence Facebook as a recommendation.  And given the track record of T & M on this board, I would hazard a guess that their top exec would be as reluctant to respond as Argos.

There is no such thing as Customer Service worthy of the name in so many large organisations - simply serried ranks of people on telephones in front of computer screens, who have variable IT skills and/or concerns about the customer.

(Sorry - rant over!)

Thompson Morgan - dead plants, dead customer service

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 16:24

Name and shame them on Facebook.  I did that with Argos over another long-standing problem.  Trust me - these companies don't like public complaints!

Swallows, swifts and martins - have you seen them yet?

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 19:43

House martins returned yesterday (24th April) which seems a bit foolhardy, given the weather forecast!  But that's nearly a week earlier than last year, and I am so pleased to see them again.

Bird ID

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 19:36

I have had cats for many years.  Their eyes may light up at the sight of a feathered friend (or a mouse) but their ability to catch the wild birds is not as great as some would have you believe!

They (the cats) are unable to leap across a wide expanse of open ground/grass without the birds flying off in alarm.  Far more difficult for the birds is where there are shrubs/trees etc that give the cats cover as they stalk their prey.

I find it distressing when a beautiful bird is caught and killed;  I take solace from the fact that it is the weakest who fall prey to predation, and that the strongest are the survivors.  The numbers of birds in my garden and at my feeders seem to confirm that.

Mind you, I am less tolerant of magpies than you are!  Or rooks/crows, for that matter.  Just a personal thing, I guess!

Advice please on bare root roses

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 19:28

My first reaction, having just planted a bare root rose last week, was to suggest that yours should be planted asap.  But looking at the soil in the pic, and taking account of your description of it, I think I would be tempted to pot them up - making sure that the pots are large enough not to compromise the roots, and making sure that they were kept out of intense, direct sunlight, and were kept well watered.  I wouldn't keep them in a conservatory;  they are outdoor plants, and the over-heating that can occur in a conservatory will not help them a bit.  Outdoors (sheltered) would be preferable, I think.

When to plant into the ground I am less sure;  perhaps it would be best to wait until the plants become dormant (autumn) rather than risk them in the forthcoming summer.  But there will be others better able to comment than I can. And, of course, the soil structure will be benefit from some medium that improves it - such as well rotted manure.

So - maybe not a lot of help, but I hope a bit of a guide in relation to difficult growing conditions that you face.  At least you have done the right thing by getting the roots into water in the short term, rather than risking them drying out!  And glyphosate does  not affect the soil - it is a plant-contact weed killer, so the soil will not have been compromised by your using it, I believe.

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