Latest posts by steephill

standard first great western rose

Posted: 27/06/2017 at 16:00

gives a few choices.

I did think that maybe just visit your local station given the name .

Last edited: 27 June 2017 16:01:04

The cherry thief

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 22:44

Ever wondered where all the cherries go? Blackbirds having a field day on the wild cherry tree today.

This mature roe deer stag turned up this afternoon and has been coming into the garden for at least the last couple of years. I recognise him from his torn ear.

Drip irrigation system

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 22:11

Hozelock and Gardena are the most common systems you will find in garden centres. I have had poor experiences with the automatic water timers from both these manufacturers with none ever lasting more than 2 years before dying. I have just picked up a new timer from Screwfix which has the advantage of being much cheaper than the other two so at least if it doesn't last any longer I will have spent less.

It takes a bit of experimentation to fine tune whichever system you pick so factor that in and the time it will take before you leave it on auto.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 17:40

Nanny Beach, the programme was called "The Secrets of Sleep". Last night was the first of three episodes.

Unknown rapid growing exotic plant

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 10:38

Looks like bamboo to me, not sure which one but it can be very invasive.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 10:33

Interesting programme on More4 last night about people with sleeping problems which a few here might be interested in. Seems something as simple as sleep is actually quite complex. 


Posted: 14/06/2017 at 16:35

Another couple of shots for your entertainment. Lots of noise from the parents again today, sounded like "I fed him last, its your turn now".

wild strawberries

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 18:22

They don't need winter protection, they are quite hardy.  We have them growing all over the place, so much so they have become weeds. Delicious weeds but weeds none the less. They grow in gaps in paving and cracks in concrete as well as acting as ground cover in any beds so can tolerate very poor conditions.

I think they would do well in hanging baskets given normal levels of food and water but they don't need mollycodling. No need for winter protection like an unheated greenhouse.

Last edited: 13 June 2017 18:22:55


Posted: 13/06/2017 at 17:28

Looks like "our" great spotted woodpeckers have had a successful breeding season. Watched Junior getting fed with sunflower hearts from the feeder today.


Posted: 12/06/2017 at 17:19

Looks like there are several plants in there. Are the small shoots more like you expect your original chilli plant to look? The large plant (goat willow) probably seeded itself last year, I get these all the time in any pots left out.

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