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  1. 5 hours ago, Cassie-O said:

    Timing how long it takes The Butler to get me a cup of tea! :tongue::king:

    If you set that at twenty five past and it's now five to, and still no cup of tea, then I think it's time to consider some new staff...:laughing2dw:

  2. I was late sowing the borders this year due to the two new fences being built, so didn't get round to seeding until May. These are the first of this years annuals to flower.
    Opium poppies (Papaver somniferum) of different forms.
    Poppy: Opium.

    Poppy: Opium.

    Poppy: Opium.

    Poppy: Opium.


    Flax, scarlet.

    Flax: White.

    Roger's Flora and Fauna albumT

    The first flower on my latest Hibiscus to the collection, 'Starburst Chiffon'...
    Hibiscus syriacus 'Starburst Chiffon'

    The Everlasting ice plants (Delosperma cooperi) are flowering well now. These fully hardy succulent like plants are great in full sun as they love being baked. Great for a difficult south facing spot. They flower from spring until the first frosts. Purple and red varieties here.
    Delosperma cooperi

    Delosperma cooperi

    One of the several plants that go under the name of African daisy, this is Dimorphotheca sinuata.
    Dimorphotheca sinuata.

  3. As one who has bought cheap, then bought twice as the cheap ones were rubbish, I'd recommend the Horotec 6 driver set which will cover all situations. Yes, it's quite pricey, but the blades aren't made of plasticine like some cheaper versions, and you get a spare set included. The heads are mounted on ball bearings, not merely riveted on. Some sets offer more drivers, but in reality, you will only need these six. Myself and several other members got ours from here...


  4. There are two types of screwdriver tip...the tapered, which almost most are, or the parallel, which are found on more expensive sets. If you are proficient at sharpening, you can  dress normal tapered tips on an oilstone, or a diamond pad by hand. However, you can purchase a rolling jig that holds the screwdriver at the correct angle...these are available from Cousins UK or ebay.. From this diagram, the slope should be roughly 3-3.5 times the width of the blade.


    Parallel tips need a more sophisticated jig to sharpen them that uses two round abrasive stones with the tip slid back and forth between them...there is also a flat stone (behind the round stones in the pic below) that flattens and squares the end of the driver. The Horotec one springs to mind...but at £280 probably a bit excessive...


  5. @Beesadon I have to admit to a senior moment here...:sorry: When I posted the above it was late, and I hadn't really enlarged your original pic. Now I see that the butterflies with their wings open are in fact printed on the base of your hatching cage, and were what I based my pic of the Painted Lady above on. So your actual butterflies may not be Painted Ladies at all. Perhaps if you could post a closer pic of one with its wings open, we could ID it more accurately. :thumbsup:

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