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Posted: 05/06/2017 at 15:34

That all sounds very complicated.  Can you not get an outside tap fitted?

I do have an outside tap and a dooberry that lets me attache 3 hosepipes and have a spout for filling watering cans.  The problem I have is that the connectors on teh ends of hoses to which I attach sprinklers or spray guns always end up leaking and/or blasting off the end of the hosepipe and the hoses mounted on ordinary reels always leak at the side of the reel.  I've tried Hozelock and Gardena connectors and some French make but no luck so far.  

The next trick will be attaching hosepipes to the water butt taps........;

Last edited: 05 June 2017 15:35:10

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Posted: 05/06/2017 at 10:50

OH is having a strop.   Rose and clem borders Plan A was to have them surround a seating area of  chipped bark on weed membrane and have a table and chairs there for morning coffee in the early sunshine.  He set about digging out an area 6m x 4m for the seating space but the decided he wasn't going to get it level enough to be stable so wanted to do plan B - decking.   I vetoed that because of rats and maintenance and short life and not doing it again when I'm 70 so we came up with plan C - a smaller paved area surrounded by membrane and chipped bark to keep down weeds and conserve moisture.   Bingo.

Except that now we have to redraw the seating area and move back some of the soil he's dug out because I only want 2 levels and he's thrown down his tools and stropped.

What's he doing now?  Hoeing the gravel on the drive to get rid weeds........

Tbird and Busy - I ditched a lot of the wrong shaped shoes when we moved but still have clothes "I'll get into one day".  I get close and then we have a bunch of visitors or a festive holiday or I break atoe and it all goes pear shaped again.

rhs chatsworth

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 10:12

There's already a thread here Rosemummy.  


Enjoy your day out.

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Posted: 05/06/2017 at 07:37

That sounds like a plan too Pat.

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Posted: 05/06/2017 at 07:28

Clari - your OH definitely needs some training!   What is he thinking?  Birthday with ratty in-laws?  I suggest you take him to yours for his next birthday and prime them to be on best bad behaviour.  Alternatively, organise something you really want to do for his birthday that he may not necessarily enjoy and then explain why afterwards.   Repeat till he learns.

My OH dragged me off to hs golf club yesterday for prize giving after a competition.  He didn't win anything.  Just wanted to be there and maybe meet a few people.  All very well but he was waylaid, upon entering, by a very interesting Scot who has a French wife who doesn't speak English and an Irish couple who think the local French are racist because they won't talk to them.   Not surprising as they don't speak French....   Doh!   

Scottish chap told Lester about a "private" competition group in the club that was worth getting into and the way to do that was to go for lunch as it's all organised by chappy who runs the restaurant.  I can cope with lunch but not the rest.

Starting early today.  Painting a wall and window sill, painting furniture, cleaning house and then, finally, some planting in time for the rain they're promising.   Only 1 or 2 mm but it's the thought that counts.

How is everyone today?  Well I hope - or recovering if ill or injured.

Plant identification

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 07:14

BUt, in th right place, it's great ground cover against weeds and the foliage is interesting though I prefer the leaf markings on Red Dragon and Virginiana forms. 

Bird sh*t on my sweetcorn

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 23:04

Mankind has cultivated veg for millennia and lived with birds, insects and all sorts of other critters excreting all over the place.   That's why we wash veg and fruit and salad before eating it.

Your sweetcorn foliage will be fine and the cobs will be protected by their covering which you peel off before cooking and eating.

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Posted: 04/06/2017 at 22:57

So pleased your daughter is OK Hosta.

Spent my early 20s living just off Baker Street and working in Soho (selling books and then computing) and very much enjoyed myself but it was cheaper and easier and freer then and nothing like as crowded and dirty or stressy to work and commute.    Moved out to Blackheath which was great and then Harrow because the office moved there and that was great too but now I like open spaces and clean air and hate the filth and overcrowding in the Tube and in the streets.   These days I only go for Chelsea and that's not every year.  

Public holiday tomorrow - Whitsun - so h****work and gardening.   I have baby cosmos and cavolo nero and flower spouts to nurture and still more stuff to plant.   We're supposed to have rain tomorrow pm.

Have a great trip Liri and well done for the fund raising.   Good cause.

Rhubarb problem

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 14:11

If you have ants, the soil is too dry for rhubarb and they may also be nesting in among its roots which means they're hanging in air instead of in contact with the soil and taking up moisture.   Give the whole plant and its roots a very thorough soaking - gallons, not litres.   Then loosely fork over the around the base of the plants to help fill up any holes they've left and water it again before mulching with plenty of organic matter to provide nutrients and keep in moisture.

Lawnmower recommendations?

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 13:27

Our Flymo has a grass collector so if you're happy with the cut and weight of a Flymo, look at upgrading to one with a collector.

Before you decide, have a look at this report -


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