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Room 101

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 18:19

OMG.........I've never heard of most of those.  If you watch all those programmes, when do you get time to garden ?

It would have been quicker to just put "TV"  I think

What about Radio ?  Going downhill rapidly IMO.  Not even "Today" can resist the dumbing down syndrome.

Bringing a bland wall to life

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 18:08

Obelixx...........I'd wholeheartedly agree with that.  Done with some awareness of the environment you are working in,  it can enhance.  I was just shocked that Malvern would even countenance let alone advertise such a horror


Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 17:46

Just in from the garden and the resident Robin is still singing his heart out in the big Elder tree.

Always last for a quick wash in the Bird Bath and always last to sing

Bringing a bland wall to life

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 17:43

Hate to be a grouch but if the wall shown above was a serious idea at the Malvern Show, then perhaps the organisers need to have a serious re-think about things.  It looks absolutely dreadful.  Some of the individual pieces are probably quite attractive but as displayed ???

Mirror or not, I much prefer your wall Obelixx  

Clearing out bird boxes

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 17:28

I agree with Mrs. G and DfA............boiling water and left to dry naturally is all that is needed.  Birds are far more susceptible to chemicals than we are (and we would suffer in a chemical ridden room too ).

You can purchase "safe" disinfectants but these are really only for use in larger areas with a good air flow........definitely not nesting boxes.

Manuka honey

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 18:40

Honey is honey........been used for antiseptic purposes since God knows when.  Posh names mean absolutely nothing. As BitterKnitter says.....go for local stuff

Bringing a bland wall to life

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 18:35

Mirrors in the avoided.....confuses the birds. There were some "Garden Designers" who promoted the use of mirrors in the bad old days....that idea should have been put to bed years ago. Hopefully no one is advocating that use these days

Vine weevils

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 18:22

I have used Provado ( mainly for containerised Heucheras ) but the maximum usage for this chemical is given as 3 times per year. 

I'm not fond of chemicals but I do use when nothing else works.  Keeping to the manufacturer's recommendations seems to be the sensible way to use these products.

Using something 2 or 3 times a week when 2 or 3 times a year is recommended sounds like overkill to me........if nothing else, a waste of money.

Room 101

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 18:06

I'm not sure I is worth including spelling and grammar these days....I doubt there is room.

But those who spell the dreaded "poo" as pooh" should go down the chute asap

Room 101

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 17:49

SG Lilly...........whilst it is cold, wet and generally horrid, move all excess Chocs to top end of garden.  If you venture that far, you are entitled.......if you don't, you're not

I might patent that idea

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Free tickets available

Want a day out at the Zoo ? 
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Timber Compost Bins

Close boarded or open ? 
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Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Great gardening weather

Dry, sunny and no wind for a change . 
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Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
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Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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Last Post: 09/10/2014 at 08:59

Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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