» Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Water bowser/Gardening

Asked by the Times if the bowser was being used in every garden in Downing Street, or only in one particular one, the PMOS replied that Downing Street only had one small garden at the front, and another larger garden at the back.

Asked again by the Times what was the Rose garden, as the bowser had been used on roses, the PMOS said that the bowser was not being used on shrubs with deep roots.

Asked why not, the PMOS replied that they could get water from the soil.

Asked if the douser was always used, or was it only during a period of drought, the PMOS said that it was only for the drought period. As the PMOS had said this morning, it was being used because using the douser targeted the water precisely onto the plant, so not a drop was wasted.

Put that surely if it just went on the ground, then all plants would receive water, the PMOS replied that if the water was put on the ground, it would evaporate, thus wasting a large percentage of the water which was why the douser was used.

Asked by Bloomberg if the PMOS had any tips for getting rid of nettles in his garden, the PMOS said that depending on the question asked, his reply could be to go and jump in them! However, people should take the sting out of this issue…

Asked if the PMOS had taken any advice from the "Gardener’s Question Time" Northern Irish gardener, the PMOS said he had not, but he was a very fine gardener, and the PMOS had always found his advice very useful.

Asked by the Express if the Prime Minister spent a lot of time in the garden, the PMOS replied that he generally did not have that much time to spend in the garden, but that he enjoyed it when he was there, and appreciated the efforts of the gardeners.

Asked if the Prime Minister ever "had a go at the watering", the PMOS said that he had never known him to do so.

Asked by the Times if the roses were in bloom at the moment, the PMOS replied that he had not recently inspected the roses.

Put that the Prime Minister "was known" to have had a kick around in the Downing Street lawns, and would he recommend that during a period of drought, the PMOS said that he had never seen the Prime Minister have a kick around in the Downing Street lawns, therefore, he could not comment on that.

Asked if there was a croquet lawn at Chequers, or should the reporter read Norma Major’s book, the PMOS agreed that he should.

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  1. where can you buy a No.10 type bowser?

    Comment by david drage — 11 Jun 2006 on 3:59 pm | Link

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