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Asbestos path

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 12:20

I'd suggest you use the internet to find out about the amount of asbestos which is probably/actually one of the constituent materials.  I believe you'll find that it's probably less than 15% of the total and - as others have already said - it's not as "dangerous" as some people think!  The problems were first brought to people's attention when asbestos insulating materials were removed from industrial sites and it's inhalation of  the dust which was created which caused them.  As far as I know, this particular kind of asbestos isn't the same type as that which is mixed with concrete to make roofing etc.

There are hundreds of thousands of industrial buildings, farm buildings, garages and so on which have "asbestos" roofs and nobody's panicing about them right now!

Wisteria and magnolia problems

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 19:48

Sorry, J, I've no idea!

Wisteria and magnolia problems

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 18:18

In addition to the suggestions from DHR I think it would be a good idea to remove a much of the soil near the base of the trunk and replace it with lots of compost - the soil close to walls is often poor and - more importantly - gets insufficient water because it's sheltered by the wall and probably covered by some sort of path.  If the plant is kept well-watered, even in winter, and gets more nutrients it will probably recover next spring.  It looks well-established and will even shoot from unexpected parts of the trunk.

Things I don't get

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 15:23
Palaisglide says:

Hello HFC, know what you mean there are two large campers in our family although they are towed by the appropriate vehicles, the bit I do not understand is at a camp site they take it off the vehicle pull out a cord and drive it into position with its own motors??? Me I would just reverse it in. They came back from the lakes last week and have all gone back this weekend, the grandchildren love it.


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Hello Frank -  I  think the motor-mover gadgets are useful if/when you are unable to see clearly when reversing a caravan into a small space.  In the past I was able to manage reverse/parallel parking up the slope on the driveway fairly easily if the caravan had a rear window.  Current one doesn't, and when you are on your own with nobody to indicate whether or not you are clear of obstructions it can help wear and tear on the clutch!  You need the max capacity type of battery in the caravan to cope with the demand, but it does work well.

Things I don't get

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 11:02

If you need to tow things - I do - it's important to make sure that you don't exceed the limits ref the weight of whatever it is you tow, even if it's "braked". I see some rather fearful sights sometimes where a caravan appears to be badly loaded and far too heavy for safety ref the combination of tow-vehicle + iitem being towed.

Things I don't get

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 20:44

1.  Tracey (?) Emin's unmade bed which was supposed to be "a work of art".

2.  Food served on or in anything other than a suitable plate - e.g. chips in a mini dustbin or a terracotta plant pot etc etc   see www.wewantplates for some examples.

3.  People who'll buy large size packets of something when the price per 100g is shown as less for a smaller packet - on the same shelf!

4.  People who hang out their laundry using pegs which have been pinned to the line for the last week at least, and don't wipe the line clean before using it.

5.  People who wipe kitchen worktops with a bacterial cleanser and a dirty cloth.

6.  Anybody who's already made their mind up abut the kind of person who drives a 4x4,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,   !

Identify this plant/fruit/nut

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 17:14

I think it's wisteria.  They usually look like fuzzy runner bean pods but it would appear that only one of the flowers on the raceme actually set seed, rather than lots of them.

Last edited: 26 August 2016 17:17:07

ID please!

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 21:55

Thanks again Obs - looks like a bit of a challenge, and I bet the bunnies probably like the taste too............oh well, something to try one day when I move to another house!

Last edited: 04 August 2016 21:55:43

ID please!

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 21:32

Gosh that was quick!  Thank you both.  Is it hard to maintain - or are there other reasons why it's something relatively unusual, round here at least?

The Monkey Puzzle in this particular place is planted quite some distance from the house and can't be seen from any of the windows!  I rather like it in that particular (large and walled) garden.

Thank again!      HCF

ID please!

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 21:18

Sorry no photo available - no camera with me when I saw this plant. 

Has upright/vertical quite narrow grass-type leaf growth, and what appear at first sight to be seed-heads but which develop into bell-shaped flowers,  hanging down at intervals from the stem.  Bright pink flowers, similar in size and shape to those of a foxglove.

Overall height of leaf growth approx. 3ft - thin and very flexible flowering stems an additional 2ft in height.  The flowers hang individually from small stems approx. 3 inches long.  Several flowers on each of the long  (flowering) stems.  . 

Looks amazing when blowing about in the breeze!  Never seen anything like it - not even in a book - the garden where I saw this plant is very overgrown, but because of the existing plants it was obviously created by a keen gardener. Within the garden itself is very long-established Chilean Pine tree - the largest I've ever seen.

Anybody got any ideas about this mystery plant?

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ID please!

looks like a cross between grass and foxglove 
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