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water butt tap not working

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 23:18

If you do decide to empty the waterbutt you don't need to use a jug. I would be inclined to try siphoning it out with a length of hosepipe, (easiest with two people)

  1. Fill the hosepipe with water first
  2. block both ends (corks or thumbs)
  3. drape one end at ground level
  4. Hold the other end under the water
  5. Open both ends keeping the one in the barrel always covered with water and higher than the one on the floor
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  1. If you have some other large containers handy you can catch your water in those, but remember that as the water level rises in the 'catching' container it will slow down the siphoning until the level is the same in both containers. 
  2. I use this method to link my two water butts together so I only need to visit the more easily accessible of them

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 Of course, you might not have wanted to know all that  I'll stop gushing now! 

 

Yviestevie

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 22:50

I have found that tiredness affects one's judgement when emailing late at night.

I have made a rule never to send emails after 10 o'clock; also ALWAYS avoid overemphasis through capitalisation or bold type.

Ooops!  

Exotic plant or weed or triffid?

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 19:01

Thank you, folks, for your ideas and information. I think I'd better treat it as a weed (I mean the plant in the first 2 pictures, not the shrub in the ground!).

it does seem a bit unlikely that I've planted a useful plant without actually noticing ...

... unless Santa's been early...! 

Exotic plant or weed or triffid?

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 23:11

Just found this photo from last March - is this euphorbia?

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/64723.jpg?width=283&height=350&mode=max

 

...there seems to be a similarity in the leaf arrangement.

Exotic plant or weed or triffid?

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 22:56

Wow - quick responses!

I broke it by mistake - didn't notice if I oozed, but just tried recutting the end that's been in water for a few days, and it did not ooze.

I know we have got euphorbia in the garden, but I thought they looked different - unless this is a different type.

Exotic plant or weed or triffid?

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 22:42

Don't know what this is - found a couple of them in a big neglected pot. Brought this one inside to photograph...

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Here's a view from above

 

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Should I nurture or destroy? 

A couple of plant idents, please

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 09:53

Top one looks a bit like my Acer - only yours is healthier.

Fragrant tree

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 19:33

I' m not sure James is listening any more, (sole post, sole thread!) ... 

... but it seems to have started some conversations... 

Fragrant tree

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 16:12

Hi James,

Re 'fragrant trees': some years ago we were in the botanical gardens in Oxford and there was a most beautiful fragrance in the air in one part of the garden. I traced it to a tree which I have variously remembered as viburnum stellata or magnolia stellata. I think the magnolia must be the right one because when I did a search I found this link...

http://www.bluebellnursery.com/catalogue/trees/Magnolia/M/5743347

... which looks exactly as I remembered it - beautiful fragrant star shaped flowers. The link says it is slightly fragrant, but I suppose that depends on time of year and how big it is. The video link gives no verbal information but will give you an excellent idea of what the tree can look like. It is also similar in size to the one I found in Oxford.

I hope this helps.

Tulip planting

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 11:11

  Bluebaron said 02/10/2014  Any good suggestions for a white and purple display?   For the purple how about Tulip: Queen of the Night ?   They come in May, about 60cm tall.

 

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