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Latest posts by quercus_rubur

Soaker hoses

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 08:26

What I'd like is something that will fit over the down pipe from my bathroom/kitchen so that I can use a soaker hose to put grey water on my flower beds. 

In Australia you can buy a very cheap gadget that does this. I brought one back but couldn't get it to fit over mine . I've been looking and asking for some years now but to no avail.

A project for Dragons Den perhaps? We waste so much water.

Talkback: Helping wildlife in hot weather

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 08:17

My bird bath has been very heavily used this week. I change the water twice a day so at least it's fresh.

My Damson had fruits for the first time this year. I was very hopeful, but the birds had them all before they started to develop. Ah well, I've got loads of fruit on other bushes and trees. Sharing is good 

Fed up with the heat!

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 08:10

I'm loving it!

Actually I was about to post that contrary to what the media and experts have been saying, the harsh spring and LOVELY  weather we're currently having  has had a great effect on my plants. I've never had so many blooms, so much fruit - my strawberries are large and lush, brassicas are massive, and for the first time ever, my outdoor tomatoes seem to be doing well.

I have just emptied number three water butt, so maybe a bit of rain would be nice

Problem Bulbs.

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 08:00

Hi Wendy what bulbs are they? I've found Galdioli and Crocosmia don't flower till the following year

Communal garden - council keeps destroying our plants

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 07:29

Buy a sunbed and go and join them It's communal, nothing stopping you using it too


Darn pigeons

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 06:06

Air rifles? Oooh no! I prefer to deter than kill, and having just picked a couple of cabbages, once I'd taken the outer leaves off I decided there was really enough for me and the woodpigeons. 


Sad looking Ceonothus

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 23:13

They still would be for me as they attract so many bees. 

evergreen flowering wall climber

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 22:44

Another one would be Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum). Hardy, but needs support

evergreen flowering wall climber

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 22:41

I wouldn't disregard ivy, there are some lovely forms and they are good to attract wildlife. Trachelospermum J's lovely,but a bit tender so I suppose it depends where you live

Sad looking Ceonothus

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 22:36

I suppose it depends how you view gardening. Do you want everything to be there forever, or do you like to make a few changes occasionally? Ceanothus might be a bit tender but you have to look at Wintersong's to think maybe it's worth a gamble. On the other hand, yes hedges you might want to be forever.

Discussions started by quercus_rubur

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Push mowers

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