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Bee Friendly Garden 2015 - Ready, Set, Go!

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 00:02

..I cannot imagine a bee garden without a large Lavender x intermedia variety... they do grow big, but personally I'd rather have just one of these, than perhaps half a dozen of those you've got listed there... bees swarm all over them.... 'Grosso' and 'Grappenhall'' to name but two...

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 21:09


I can't requote you because of the link but I'm afraid I don't trust any of that..

...I'm aware they are pre-stunned, or supposed to be so.... but they still use Islamic and Kosher slaughterhouses and I question the FSA's ability to monitor it...

..from the FSA...

''...Checks are made on the positioning of stunning equipment, the effectiveness of the stun, and the efficiency of bleeding, so that the risk of any animal suffering during the process is minimised. This includes monitoring of slaughter by religious methods including special restraint facilities that may be in place for this purpose''.

...I don't like the sound of that... one can only imagine, and I'd rather not...

...The vast majority of slaughterhouses in Britain are fully compliant with animal welfare requirements....'' some aren't... there used to be a list, but that has mysteriously disappeared for now...

..fortunately, I rarely eat meat... anyway, different subject...sort of...

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 18:45
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

Waitrose have long term relationships with all their farmer / suppliers and have strict animal welfare rules which must be adhered too. 



..not so strict that all their meat, apart from Organic Welsh Lamb, and probably pork, is slaughtered according to halal/kosher principles...  because it's cheaper...

..this goes for most supermarket meat actually... but it's something they'd rather you didn't ask too much about...

First flower this year

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 18:39

..that Camellia might be japonica 'Lavinia Maggi'... shown here... it's quite a popular one, and readily available,  although flowering a little early I would have thought...   I have another similar called 'Lady Vansittart', but the leaves are a bit smaller... which again won't be flowering for another couple of weeks or so...

...Camellia 'St Ewe' is one of the earliest to get going, this year from early November...

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 16:58

..blame Aldi.... they're all desperate to compete with these so called 'discounters', although they're not actually discounting anything....just selling similar items, from a smaller range, cheaper... and not necessarily better...

Aldi's 4 pint is now Asda have followed suit..89p.... but they know that once you're in the store, to buy that milk, you'll spend a whole lot more on other things...

...and when you look at the junk shoppers put in most trolleys.... people can afford it, but it's all about perception..... they like to think they're getting the cheapest deal on an essential... be honest, it sometimes makes me feel quite ill when I see the amount of milk that some people buy... I mean like 6 large cartons of 4 pints?... who on earth really needs all this..? I know growing families with teenagers consume a lot, but maybe a better idea to do with a bit less...



Posted: 19/01/2015 at 12:41

..being rather shallow...I'd like to see Tomasz Shafernaker present it.... he doesn't need to know anything about the subject...

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 20:55
DyersEnd wrote (see)

I've been thinking about it.  Does that count?

..well it does for me Dyers.... I've gone a little further and ordered some Lavenders online...  anything else seems a bit uncivilised right now....

Bupthalmum speciosum

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 19:46

..who is Dolores Umbridge...?

What would you do with this huge garden?

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 19:39

..spectacular.... and if I wasn't a gardener I would aim to keep it that way... most people would be impressed by that view.... in purchasing the property I would hope that I made allowance for buying an appropriate mower so I could attend to it during summer...but that certainly wouldn't be every week...

...a garden that size would put me off...for's just too big and would cost a fortune to don't get the bug too much... keep it as nice as it is....and you might want to move on in a very few years so wouldn't want to spoil it...

 ... my Greyhound would enjoy it too... when he's not doing this..


Moving Bamboo

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 19:15

...I nearly fell off my seat there Verdun.....

...I've grown Fargesia's for years and they're nothing to be afraid of...I love seeing and hearing the grasshoppers fluttering about in the summer...

...I'm not convinced Alan's 2nd photo above is a Bamboo, but rather Miscanthus sacchariflorus...a giant Miscanthus that spreads by rhizomes... it rarely flowers although there appears to be one near the base... rather Pampas like...

..often mistaken for Bamboo.... a similar one called 'giganteus' is even bigger, and will escape under fencing... although they don't 'run' as such...

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please show us your culinary delights... 
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