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Posted: 18/04/2013 at 06:23

Good morning all  Yes thank you Brumbull, no real harm done - it's a bit pink but I'll survive! Yes, a bit windy here, whistling around the chimney, but not too bad - it's a bright morning with sunshine and blue skies, but with some grey clouds moving quickly up there and we're forecast some heavy showers for the afternoon.  Temp last night was down to 7C - it got up to 17C during the day.

On my drive home yesterday I noticed that during the day the leaf buds on the trees and hedges had burst open and there was a haze of green over the woodland - I'd almost forgotten what green trees and hedges looked like!

Watering the garden your thoughts...

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 22:26
Q1: How would you describe the size of your garden?

a)    Small              


Q2: How do you store rainwater/recycled water in your garden? Please indicate which of the following statements apply:


b)    “I collect rainwater in a water butt”  X3

c)    “I recycle grey water”*


*For example waste water from the bathroom/kitchen that is relatively clean



Q3: How do you water your garden? Please mark all of the below methods that apply:

a)    Hosepipe (using an inside/outside tap)

b)    Hosepipe and sprinkler (using an inside/outside tap)


f)     Watering can (filled using an inside/outside tap)

g)    Watering can (filled from a water butt containing rain water)



Q4: If some of the time you water your garden with rainwater what factors make you revert back to tap water?

lack of rainwater (occasionally)


Q5: If I was designing a product to water your garden what would the three most important considerations be. Please mark those that are applicable below:


b)    Sustainability: “ I want to ensure that where possible I conserve water”

c)    Efficiency: I want to make sure my plants receive adequate water”


f)     Aesthetics: “I want the solution to look good”


 Q6: If you do not currently use rain/recycled water what are the barriers that stop you?




Has anyone got buds on there apple tree yet

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 22:14

Leaf buds green on the pear tree 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 22:12

I've no idea how I find the time to go to work - I'll have to complain to the Boss 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 22:01

Hello everyone - Exhausted of Norfolk here   

After a long day at work I came home, flopped on the sofa, OH handed me a mug of hot coffee and I managed to throw it all over my arm   ouch it was hot!  Arm went into sink with cold tap on while OH performed first aid first on me then on the sofa then on me again. Supper was late this evening.  I then had to hand wash the coffee out of the embroidered cushion covers and put them on the line.  While I was out there I brought the little tomatoes in from the mini-greenhouse where they'd spent the daytime.  I also inspected the Shady Bank and found the hostas just peeking through the soil, so I mulched around them with coarse gritty sand to keep slugs at bay 

Supper has been eaten, G&T drunk and now I have my feet up and we've just been enjoying Writing the Century on BBC 4 


Bev - hope you're feeling better - Spring is  here - the hedges are greening up 

Butternut Squash

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 07:23

Hi I grew butternut squash for the first time last year - not the best year to try them 

However, in all that dank wetness we had two decent fruits from two plants which I thought was a triumph, all things considered.  I planted them in the edge of my veg plot and grew them up two of these sort of things (but I didn't pay that price for them!) tying them in with strips of old tights.

Good luck!

Home Baking

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 07:16

I use the cake tin liners from Lakeland instead of foil.  It's a brillant blog.  The writer is one of the regulars on the other Forum I'm a member of - if you're interested in cooking give it a look - I'm afraid the first few posts of new members have to go through moderation 'cos we had problems with a Troll, but after that Bob's your uncle, it's plain sailing and a very friendly bunch like on here   

I have a different name over there - see if you can spot me 

The very best variegated herbaceous n perennial plants....and do you like em?

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 07:05

I will admit I'm not usually a fan of variegated plants although some hollies and ivies are gorgeous, and I'm lusting after one of these'Juliette'+(Cotoneaster+Tree)/0_caaa102_caaa118/PRAA104.htm

As for variegated shouty trousers, how about these? 


Posted: 17/04/2013 at 06:46

Good morning all   We had a lot of vine weevil damage on drumstick primulas planted out in a bed last year - they then went on to take chunks out of honeysuckle leaves too.  We used nematodes which seemed to make a big difference - as soon as the ground warms up this year I'll get some more and water them on.  We'll get the blighters 

just a lil' update

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 06:41

Hi Dave, good to see you and nice to get the update   Things are looking good - the honeysuckle looks healthy and will soon throw out some new shoots, as will the jasmine and clematis now that the weather's warming up.  

Not sure what your mystery plant is, but I'm sure someone will have an idea - you'll have to post another photo when it's flowering.

Your pots are looking good and that lavender is nice and bushy so you'll get plenty of flowers - the bees will love it.

I think you've done the right thing, cutting back the plant that suffered in the winter.  I can't tell what it is yet, possibly a variegated sage?  It'll grow back soon and then we'll know.

And those petunias look very promising.  Keep up the good work! 

I take it Ted is Supervisor


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