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    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 1:17pm (Feb 21st 2010) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Basically the pansies we have had since November-ish time have suddenly started dying.

    Literally two days ago all seemed happy and healthy; and we were excited that we might actually get our first flower from them!! But alas no, they are dying instead...and mine has died first which is very sad :sad:

    We just wanted to know if anyone has any suggestions as to what we could have done wrong.

    Can you over-water pansies? How much water do they need?

    Thanks for any help / suggestions!

    Oh, have included some pics too, but i think they're impressively bad quality as they're from the webcam.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 2:37pm (Feb 21st 2010)
    Pansies can be started indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost. The plant may collapse without warning in the middle of season. The foliage will flag and lose color. Stem can snap at the soil line if tugged slightly. The plant is probably a total loss. It is prone to soil-borne fungus. Over watering can be a major factor of this.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 2:42pm (Feb 21st 2010)
    Did you know that the Pansy is a well known love potion ingredient.

    Pansies are edible, and quite tasty. They are used as salads and for decorations on cakes.

    Another interesting fact about pansies is that the more flowers you pick, the more they bloom!

    The garden pansy (V. wittrockiana) is a cultivated form of V. tricolor, a weed of European grain fields.

    The pansy gets its name from the French word pensée meaning "thought". It was so named because the flower resembles a human face and in August it nods forward as if deep in thought.

    Plants can be real interesting when you find out a little bit about them.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 3:13pm (Feb 21st 2010)
    Ha NN I don,t want any pansies on my date and walnut!!!!!! thank you they look great.........but thats it.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 3:23pm (Feb 21st 2010)
    It is ok Lee, don't panic they only look good on iced cakes and yours will be plain and easy...... All stalk has to be removed then you have to paint lightly beaten egg white on the flowers and then sprinkle caster sugar all over them and leave them to dry just in case any one is interested.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 3:34pm (Feb 21st 2010)
    NN you amaze me with your knowledge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :hurray:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 3:36pm (Feb 21st 2010)
    I have always taken an interest in most things Lee. I used to do a lot of sugar craft work at one time.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 3:39pm (Feb 21st 2010)
    sugar craft work!!!!!!!!!!!!! what is that like i said i did not go to school!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 3:44pm (Feb 21st 2010)
    Oh you wouldnt have done it at school Lee, unless you attended a bakery course or something like that. It is making things from a special fine sugar paste for speciality cakes. You can mould it like clay or plasticine. It also involves fancy piping and is well fiddly but facinating.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 3:55pm (Feb 21st 2010)
    NN You think you no everything in this world but you no nothing really thats why its good to talk!!!!!!!!!! I sound like an add for BT and i am with Virgin!!!!!!!!!!!! :smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 6:25pm (Feb 21st 2010) edited
    Oh sorry Lee I hope I don't come across as boring but I really don't think of myself as a Know It All because I'm painfully aware there's always something new to learn !!!!!!

    I remember those BT ads and used to love Busby remember him ? My kids had Busby badges I bet they would be worth a few pence if they still had them.
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 7:03pm (Feb 21st 2010)

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks NN! Don't suppose you can think of anything we could do to cheer them up or revive them at all?? Poor little things look so miserable, bless them :)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 7:17pm (Feb 21st 2010)
    Replant the good ones in some fresh peat Red I think you still have them in the trays you bought them in from what I can see. Well they need planting up in something a bit deeper if you can.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 7:56pm (Feb 21st 2010) edited
    :bigsmile::bigsmile::bigsmile:NN I did not mean you are a know it all i meant exactly what you said that we dont all no it all we are all still learning you must have thought i was well rude!!!!!!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 8:05pm (Feb 21st 2010)
    Ha ha no probs Lee it could have been taken either way and I know you are a nice person and wouldn't have said anything to upset me so don't worry yourself as no offence had been
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 8:53pm (Feb 21st 2010)
    Has anyone ever eaten Hemoracalis (day Lillies, their are one fo the flowers you can add to a salads like nesturtions. They are quite nice and as the flowers only last for a day at least you get another use outof them. Pick them early evening before they start to close up.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 8:58pm (Feb 21st 2010)
    No I havent tried them Tracy. There are a lot of flowers you can use in cooking. Marigold petals are another they taste a bit peppery. Violets and rose petals. You can deep fry the male flowers from courgette and marrow plants as well.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 9:06pm (Feb 21st 2010)
    You can eat these things!!!!!!!!!!! I cant image eating flowers although i did see the courgette flowers being battered and deep fried once Jamie Oliver i think.
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 9:11pm (Feb 21st 2010)
    yes you take the staemam out of the middle and just eat the petals :-) Obvioulsy I wouldn't advise it if you are ever walking round one of the Royal Horticultural gardens as I think they would frown on it it you sat int he middle of the border helping yourself. T
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2010 4:45pm (Feb 22nd 2010)
    Ha ha that would be just so funny Tracy. I can just picture it in my mind ha ha
    • CommentAuthorvolka
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2010 2:41pm (Mar 3rd 2010)
    Sorry if someone has already said it, but nasturtiums are edible too.

    If we are entertaining, I freeze small flowers or petals in ice cubes. They just float to the surface when the ice melts and you scoop them out.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2010 3:18pm (Mar 3rd 2010)
    oo, there's posh! My friend makes ice bowls with flowers in, putting flowers in water in a bowl, placing a smaller bowl in it and freezing the lot. Gets the whole lot out of the freezer and pops the bowls out/off, and is left with a bowl made of ice with pretty flowers in.
    Personally, I leave things in the receptacles I bought them in...:D
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2010 7:23pm (Mar 3rd 2010)
    I used to make the flowered ice bowls CC they look so pretty, I haven't made one for several years now.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2010 5:22pm (Mar 9th 2010)
    I saw these ice bowls NN being made and they were really nice perhaps we had better have a go!!!!!!!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2010 6:12pm (Mar 9th 2010)
    Yes, that's the sort of thing Lynn pretty!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2010 6:15pm (Mar 9th 2010)
    Well nice CC!!!!!! :smile:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2010 6:17pm (Mar 9th 2010)
    My guests are lucky if I tip the stuff out of the pots it comes in, let alone create something like my opinion it's half an hour's piano practice wasted!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2010 6:32pm (Mar 9th 2010)
    Don't go to CC's for dinner, you'll get a few tins and an can opener!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2010 6:40pm (Mar 9th 2010)
    Ha CC i have found the perfect book for you!!!!!:bigsmile::bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2010 7:05pm (Mar 9th 2010)
    Yes the ice bowls are lovely Lee as I said before I have made them when we used to entertain a lot. I don't have freezer space now though.

    Oh CC can cook it is just that she dont like doing it. I was the same with my piano lessons when I was a kid. I only practised to save myself a clip round the ear from my Dad.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2010 5:27pm (Mar 10th 2010)
    I'm waiting for the TV series I can enter called 'Won't Cook Can't Make Me'...
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2010 6:43pm (Mar 10th 2010)
    I can see that now CC that would be great TV!!!!!!!!!!!:bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2010 7:33pm (Mar 10th 2010)
    Ha ha that would be well cool CC, and I would watch it for sure.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2010 10:49am (Mar 11th 2010)
    Ok put me out of my misery, I have never seen an ice bowl here, how exactly do I make one NN? and how do you separate them?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2010 2:31pm (Mar 11th 2010)
    With a bit of practice the ice bowls get easier to make. I usually make some ice cubes to crush a couple of days before hand. Make them with cold boiled water.
    If you use cold boiled water you will get crystal clear ice which looks a lot nicer and will show your chosen flowers or decorations of a lot nicer

    You will need plastic or metal bowls they are better to use than glass. The outer bowl will be the mold for the ice bowl, For the inside choose a slightly smaller bowl.

    Put a bit of crushed ice in the bottom of the bigger bowl to the desired depth, then put your second bowl in, weigh it down with some ceramic pasty beans or something similar, or else the bowl will float when you add the water. Tape the rims of the bowls together here and there to hold the small bowl in the center, but remember to leave yourself room to add your desired decoration.

    Arrange fresh edible flowers, petals, small pieces of fruit or clean silk flowers in between the two bowls. Holding them in place with some of the crushed ice. Then add your very cold boiled water and freeze.

    When your ice bowl is frozen remove it from the freezer and let it stand at room temperature for about ten minutes then remove the small bowl and turn the ice bowl out onto foil. If you have trouble getting the ice to come out of the bowl dip it in a sink of warm water for a few seconds. Wrap in foil and place in freezer until needed.

    For a special occasion such as a wedding you can freeze little horseshoes, bells and such among your flowers. It up to you to use your imagination !!!. There are many different things you can use to make a pretty ice bowl. When using things like confetti or ribbon inside the ice remove the ice bowl when it gets to the point where the bits will spill into the contents of the food inside.

    Ice bowls aren't just for fresh fruit salad, vegetablesalads or sea food. You can also use them for serving drinks such as punch. They are beautiful as the center piece of the table, you could even use small floating candles instead of food for night time use.
    Remember though, it will melt so be sure to stand on something that will hold the volume of water.
    • CommentAuthorvolka
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2010 2:44pm (Mar 11th 2010) edited
    Now if you want to be really clever, a little gelatine in the water gives enough suspension to float glitter confetti throughout the water until the ice sets.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2010 5:44pm (Mar 11th 2010)
    Ooo, clever!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2010 6:21pm (Mar 11th 2010)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2010 7:53pm (Mar 11th 2010)
    Cool :sun:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2010 11:02pm (Mar 13th 2010)
    oh thankyou NN that will be a fun project to tackle.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2010 2:53pm (Mar 14th 2010)
    Thats ok Julie I hope you enjoy making it.