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Posted: 18/02/2015 at 16:42

Only about 20 years ago a chap in our village used one of these to take water up to his allotment for his pig, chickens and his veg, and then he'd bring his potatoes and veg back in the same way.  That's what non-driving gardeners need to take to the GC with them


Bee Pitstop

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 15:09

One of the best flowers I know for butterflies is Sedum spectabile aka Ice plant.  On sunny days in the late summer and autumn it will be covered with butterflies and bees.

Mystery purple plant identification

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 15:05

At a guess and from this distance  the one against the wall is one of the dark leaved elders Sambucus Nigra, possibly 'Black Lace' .   I still can't see it clearly but the pattern of growth looks right.

Does the one in the pot have similar leaves - does it look the same as the larger one?

Possible pest...

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 15:02

Slug eggs are usually laid on the surface of the soil or another surface and in clusters.  I still think a water retention granule is the most likely answer.

i been given this advice but '.................

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 14:58

As I said, in my experience vets are generally very patient people.  What is more, a vet's focus is on what is best for the animal and is backed up by scientific evidence, not what fits in with the owner's idiosyncratic theories

Mystery purple plant identification

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 14:55

Even having zoomed in on the picture it's far too indistinct to identify the plants properly.  Please can you show us individual close ups of each plant, showing the shape of leaves, texture of bark etc.

Possible pest...

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 14:14

It's probably a granule of water retentive gel  used in plant compost to help prevent it drying out - no need to worry

It wouldn't be used in soil for cacti and succulents as they prefer free-draining soil conditions.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 14:08

I've done a bit of tidying of hellebores and working out where to plant my birthday  snowdrops - they should arrive any day now

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 12:54
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

Doc has signed me off for another 2 weeks 

Sorry to hear that but Doc knows best. You rest that knee - I had a similar injury some years ago and didn't do as I was told - it took for ever to get better and there's still a bit of a problem!  Also I took daughter out for the day yesterday - she was signed off for a fortnight at the end of last week as she hurt her back at work.  She said yesterday morning that she thought she'd go to the doc's at the end of this week to get signed off  as her back was much better ........... then she tried to get out of my car without me helping her!!!  She now agrees that doctors don't do a long expensive training for nothing .............. (and neither do vets )

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 12:46

Hello Kitty and welcome to the forum   Your garden sounds lovely

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I couldn't resist ..................................... 
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