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Underachiever Award

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:52

Not posting pics of my failures KEF.

My underachiever this year is my prize delphinium that was devastated by slugs n snails.  My fault.  It's position ensures early growing and flowering but I was caught by surprise and,,too late, it was eaten. Other delphiniums, smaller, are flowering though.

And my runner beans....normally they are 6' high now with flowers.  So far mine are 2 possibly 3' high.  Domt know why?  Not eaten.  Different and new variety for me though

Then my goosegogs.  No fruit at all.  My fault as I should have cast a net over them over winter to prevent bullfinches.

No doubt a summer performer will under achieve too but always something excels as well.  High hopes for so many plants soon 

The established Garden.

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:45

Interesting thread.

The established garden, as Frank said, is a reflection of us. WE like it that way for our own personal reasons.  

The lawn...I have 2, neither is esp large..... IS a labour saving thing.  People remove it to save on work but cutting grass regularly is not a chore but a pleasure and I do mine very quickly.  The lawn provides a recreational space that's far more comfortable to,the eye and to,the bottom than paving too. 

Not convinced by this " not seeing all the garden in one go" either.  Can't see mine like that anyway, but what is so wrong about seeing as much  as poss in one view?  Why the requirement for surprises?  It's like giving a child sweets one by one instead of the packet!  

In the summer, with herbaceous plantIng so tall, there will be more pockets of surprise anyway but we don't half make a lot of pompous fuss sometimes about what the garden "means".  Chelsea is a good  example of this......most of us wanted to see the plants not the "significance" of every stone, plant, stump or whatever 

Cane tops

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:31

I use old Vit bottles, medicine bottles and bought plastic tops.

This is a serious issue and not to top your canes is foolish.

Is it just me?

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 08:51

As I said.....ain't we all a funny lot?  

I still do that mental thing..she loves me she loves me not.  It bothers me, momentarily, when it's the wrong one.  And that thing about three's.......if I have a couple of "baddish" events in a day I need to  get that third out of the way, somehow.  

We all have natural insecurities that manifest themselves in seemingly peculiar ways.....affecting our normal routines,,habits, etc.  


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 08:34

MrsGarden.....I am shocked.  Failing to keep up?  There will be questions later 

Change of career sounds exciting MrsG.  

Thank You

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 08:31

Mike, sure do have lots of listening friends here. Don't worry about posting how you feel

We have all commented on the forum about things not connected to's become that sort of forum and it's all the better for it.

Loss of loved ones is devastating.  ESP when that loss is of the younger ones.  Not sure time does heal........however, a faith must help Mike 


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 08:17

Hello everybody 

Bright and sunny.  Nice  Royal Cornwall Show today and until Saturday.  Might visit on sarurday.

Ditto Fairyl re cosmos.  First year not growing them ...they are attractive, etc., ESP the white, but I have so many perennials.  Very little spaces and still plenty of potted beauties.  And a sedum Abbeydore on its way.....Dove made me buy this 

Re dividing Phormiums, I do it usually in May but even now too and it doesn't seem to affect flowering.  Divided plants often flower same season.  Only losses have been when dividing in autumn

All the big lupins in flower are blue.  Ok, gives continuity I guess.  However, yellow, pink amd white spikes are now emerging.  

Had delicious porridge with cream, raspberries and bananas.  Now tucking ravenously into whole meal toast.....jealous?  


Is it just me?

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 21:01


Aint we funny?

We all have odd phobias. Illogical thoughts, random ideas, irrational fears.  All of us.  When things are going well I expect things to go wrong.  I am riddled with self doubts even though I know, deep down, I am good at certain things.  

Not madness Edd.  Human beings think too much ...over think.  It's ironic that the very dirt that provides your living also provides your fears.  I used to do door to door sales....for a short time in my youth....but the thought of making my first call was debilitating.  Often I would get back into my car and drive off. I still am like that to an extent.  Maybe it's the same with you....the fear of dirt on your hands until you actually, physically get your hands dirty.  

As a Samaritan I took so many calls from people with all sorts of emotional issues that were often helped by talking/ listening.  

The "experts" have to label everything, to identify "disorders" and to describe as normal or abnormal so I am sure someone out there will love to give a name to your "condition" Edd.  

Just keep reading this thread Edd.......we will all post oddities about ourselves.  We are ALL  a little odd   It's normal Edd


Onions problem

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 19:54

Onion fly?  Growing sideways? 

couch grass

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 19:44

Ian...and wolfiewolf...that gel will kill your lawn as well as couch grass.  Fact.  Don't do it.

Regular mowing  with blades set fairly low, following regular raking to lift the couch stems will control couch grass.  It simply cannot tolerate this regime.

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