Can pedants corner also be about 'things' ?

(34 Posts)
mersea208 Fri 27-Sep-13 10:02:28

Anyone's teeth itch if they see a conifer in a hanging basket? I mean the clue is in the title. wtaf.

weddingballs Fri 27-Sep-13 10:05:43

What title?

BillyGoatintheBuff Fri 27-Sep-13 10:07:12

A conifer? a tiny one i presume

Trills Fri 27-Sep-13 10:07:49

Do you mean that only plants that hang down should be in a hanging basket?

I think that it is the basket itself that is hanging, so you can put anything into the basket and it is still "hanging".

SanityClause Fri 27-Sep-13 10:10:19

No, only specific types of pedantry are allowed in pedants' corner.

<dons pedants' corner monitor's sash>

mersea208 Fri 27-Sep-13 10:10:55

The clue is in the title 'hanging' basket ie plants should hang. There is no place for conifers (large or small) in hanging baskets, they should be in tubs, troughs or in the ground. Also, if the plants in the baskets are dead, take the basket down. Deal with it. Rant over. Shall I start a hanging basket police force?

BillyGoatintheBuff Fri 27-Sep-13 10:12:40

grin

I didnt think all plants hung down though, some are small flowers that are planted upside down aren't they? Could just stuff a few conifers in but pointing downwards?

UriGeller Fri 27-Sep-13 10:18:13

Mersea, I had strawberry plants in a hanging basket this summer and neglected them after picking the fruit (the 'new baby' excuse). They died back completely but now are growing again and there is now one tiny red strawberry.

So bring it on, Hanging Basket Police!

<dons balaclava and mixes Molotov Cocktail>

Trills Fri 27-Sep-13 10:20:44

I disagree - I think that the basket is hanging, not the plants.

greenhill Fri 27-Sep-13 10:36:31

Cyclamen are upright and are used regularly in hanging baskets. It is the basket that hangs from the wall, not necessarily the flowers, though trailing lobelia always look good; also it would depend on how tall the conifer was for me to notice it as being wrong.

weddingballs Fri 27-Sep-13 10:51:02

You're wrong OP. A hanging basket is so called because it hangs, not because the plants should (although of course they can).

So... Please leave pedants corner?! grin

Blatherskite Fri 27-Sep-13 10:59:33

I agree. It's the basket itself which hangs not the plants.

Although I also agree that mini conifers look odd in hanging baskets.

<torn>

LibraryBook Fri 27-Sep-13 11:02:55

<declines pedants' corner membership to mersea208>

OP I think you need to start your own topic: 'literally confused'

Black-eyed Susan isn't even a woman.

Poached egg plants don't have yolks nor can they withstand boiling water.

Red Hot Pokers aren't even warm.

etc.

ohmymimi Fri 27-Sep-13 17:43:09

And Busy Lizzies never help with the weeding as they are always otherwise occupied.

ohmymimi Fri 27-Sep-13 17:45:12

I know, I started a sentence with 'and'.

LiberalPedant Fri 27-Sep-13 23:12:49

And it is perfectly fine to start a sentence with "and." smile

iklboo Fri 27-Sep-13 23:21:44

And 'because'. Because grammar rules do change. Sometimes.

edam Fri 27-Sep-13 23:25:11

Foxgloves are too small to provide decent gloves for foxes, even if foxes wanted to wear gloves, which they don't.

Snapdragons don't snap and nor do they have fiery breath.

Honesty tells some terrible fibs...

ohmymimi Sat 28-Sep-13 09:17:22

And to answer OP's question in the title thread, apparently it can. And it seems there are a few gardener pedants out there.

Trills Sat 28-Sep-13 11:47:54

Oh I agree that Pedants' Corner can definitely be about things.

I just disagree that everything contained within a hanging basket must itself be "hanging" grin

prism Sun 29-Sep-13 19:15:23

I wonder if this should have ben posted in Pendants' Corner? As far as I'm aware, it's the baskets that hang, not necessarily the contents.

nkf Sun 29-Sep-13 19:19:36

Pedants' Corner must have an apostrophe. I don't know about conifers.

grin @ Pendants' Corner

kelpeed Wed 02-Oct-13 05:52:28
kelpeed Wed 02-Oct-13 05:56:01

- argh -
metaphors for grammarical shifts..

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