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Latest posts by Birdy13

Jet Washers

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 11:19

Mine is a Kärcher - they have an excellent range and sometimes are on offer.

Update on technical issues

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 11:09


This also happens on the iPad I use but instead of putting the keyboard down I simply push the page I'm typing on up until the line I'm typing on is visible above the Keyboard. Can you do that?

(But you are right it is a bit of a nuisance aspect of the otherwise useful on-screen keyboard)

Update on technical issues

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 11:04


Thanks for the supportdetail link. I have sent my details to you from my iPad - my most used device at present.

Should I also complete and return the same form from all of my other computer devices used for Internet/ emails etc eg PC, Laptop and smartphone?

Update on technical issues

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 20:09

Hello Daniel,

Are other people getting notifications of answered PMs and answered posts?

  • I haven't had any notifications for months
  • and in my Settings I'm still not getting any numerical indications of responses to PMs waiting to be read.

Seeds I've collected

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 20:05

Thanks for the info Nut.

Live and learn!  


Seeds I've collected

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 14:59

I have some seed collection questions specifically about runner beans:

I planted runner beans plants this year (don't know the variety) and had a very successful harvest; so I would like to grow next year's beans from from the seed of this year's successful plants.

Two or three weeks ago, well after the plants had stopped producing any beans that were good enough to eat, I collected in some of the best looking pods for the seeds for next year's plants.

  1. How early should the pods be removed from the plants? I took some off a month ago and some last week when I took up the finished plants.
  2. When should the beans be removed from the pod? I have taken a few out just to inspect them - they do not yet have a hard, glossy dark 'skin' yet but are still white and tender.
  3. Should they be dried in the pod i.e. until the pod itself goes dry?
  4. Will they dry more effectively to the familiar glossy dark 'skin' outside the pod?
  5. When and how should I plant these for next year? ie in the ground, or started off in pots?

Help I made a weeping willow purchasing mistake, can it be potted??

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 21:56

I concur with above experiences. We had a weeping willow to one side of our drive in. Each year, even after cutting back, it spread over to the opposite side of the drive as well as over the road. The branches are quite brittle - you can break off quite thick ones by pulling hard on them - which meant our the cars parked in our drive were always at risk in high winds, as was passing traffic. We had to take it down in the end.

They are lovely trees in the right setting - overhanging a river or pond - but their spread above ground can be extensive, and below ground they are forever seeking out water making the range of their roots vast. Definitely keep away from underground water pipes, drains and sewers.

One possibility might be to donate to a school or college, but then they might not want the liability or possible risks. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 21:50

Norfolk: About 5-8° today but didnt feel too cold; midday, very pleasant for the time of year for a nice walk; afternoon good for clearing out the greenhouse (at last!) but temperature dropped dramatically as sun went down. Dark by 5 o'clock so back in for tea and a warm up.

Bird feeders

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 18:35

Thankyou for the link Dove. That's going to be useful for future research and info.

That also explains how both robins seemed pretty laid back about each other's presence. Perhaps I was thinking of how the male blackbird is a glossier black than the female.

Maybe I also I assumed that the typical  'Christmas Robin' is male because it has a brighter coat than earlier in the year and males of a number of other species often have much brighter coats than the females.

Bird feeders

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 17:38


KEF said: "The robin keeps putting in an appearance, I think maybe more than one."

I too noticed we hade two robins in and out of the garden during most of the summer. Judging by the bright feathers they were both males. Isn't that quite unusual? I thought that the males were ferociously territorial and normally one would see off the other.

Discussions started by Birdy13

Do Bramleys get bitter pit?

What is this condition that has affected my Bramley apples this year? 
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Weed or flower?

Plant identification please and advice on planting under an apple tree. 
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Cotoneaster, ferns and Cotswold stone

Effect on plants of the limestone 'mulch 
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Is it too late to cut back lavender?

Pruning lavender 
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Service 503 Unavailable

Can't post photos 
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Propagating Stephanotis

Can I take cuttings from my Stephanotis house plant? 
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Last Post: 27/09/2014 at 21:39

Advice needed on Strawberry leaf disease

Appearance of what looks like rust on newly planted strawberries 
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Dianthus reborn?

ID needed for unexpected trough contents 
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Fern flourished through mild winter.

What should I do about fern whose foliage has not died down as normal? 
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Last Post: 02/03/2014 at 22:35

The Bully and the Policeman

Garden pests (human - but only just!) 
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Last Post: 14/10/2013 at 20:54

Can't find toolbars, icons or post photo?

Absence of necessary Toolbars 
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Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 20:47

Cistus pulverulentus (sunset)

Frost damaged - should I cut back 
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Last Post: 17/07/2013 at 14:33
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