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Water / Re: Smart connected irrigation system
« Last post by Caroline on September 18, 2019, 10:30:23 PM »
Trevor Nottle in "Gardens of the Sun" has written a very funny and instructive account of setting up an irrigation system.
Water / Re: Smart connected irrigation system
« Last post by Jaken on September 18, 2019, 05:05:29 PM »
Those are water pipes to three different drip lines. Two of them goes through a bigger pipe in the concrete and comes up in the other end of the garden.
Water / Re: Smart connected irrigation system
« Last post by Fleur Pavlidis on September 18, 2019, 04:14:02 PM »
What are the cables/pipes coming out of the back of the timer and going into the ground doing?
Bulbs (including other geophytes with corms, tubers, rhizomes etc) / Re: Moraea
« Last post by Umbrian on September 18, 2019, 06:32:17 AM »
Truly beautiful Fermi. I also noticed how beautiful the reverse side of my purple Ipomea are this year having an abundance of flowers. Am unable to post photos at the moment due to my Photogene⁴ app malfunctioning - must find another way to reduce them to an acceptable size........once the weather forces me into the house!
Plant identification / Re: Plant id. Dubrovnik
« Last post by Umbrian on September 18, 2019, 06:26:43 AM »
They are notoriously difficult to establish Jaken but you should have a go! I was lucky enough to inherit some when moving to a new house and although the first flush of flowers have already produced the seed pods that some people preserve, new flowers are still opening .
Welcome to the Forum😊
Water / Re: Smart connected irrigation system
« Last post by Jaken on September 17, 2019, 10:42:39 PM »
A pic of the Hozelock smart timer.
Water / Smart connected irrigation system
« Last post by Jaken on September 17, 2019, 10:35:51 PM »
I have a summerhouse I'm Croatia 3000 km from where I live, Sweden.

Bought the house in Croatia 2 years ago and the garden was in a terrible condition.

Started the first year with cutting down and digging up dead trees and removing weed. And planted some palm trees and some Nerium.

This year I installed 200 meter drip irrigation. A standard water timer was not interesting for me since I wanted to be able to adjust schedule and the amount of water and put it on pause in rainy days and turn it of when the autumn rains begins. All of this by remote... 3000 km away.

So some smart Internet connected timer was needed.

First problem... Internet... 4g connection was quickly eliminated since it was not stable.
 Connected the house to broadband (fixed Internet) and started looking for smart connected irrigation timers.

There are a few different options. I purchased an Hoselock Cloud system on eBay and installed it. It was compared to other brands cheaper. About 100 euro.

Installed it, connected it to my WiFi and downloaded the app. Success, I now could control my irrigation from anywhere in the world.

But one thing was bothering me, could it be trusted?  How do I know that the valve in the device turns off just because the app says it is turned of?

The solution, a cheap WiFi connected outdoor surveillance camera that had its focus on the outlet of a part of the dripline. Now I could verify in the camera that it was watering when the app said so and turned of when it was supposed to.

Great! Everything was working fine and I went home to Sweden and everything worked excellent. For a while... Then my app somehow lost connection to the irrigation timer. Gaaaa what to do!!!? Fortunately I could observe in the  camera that my water schedule was watering as planed. So now I'll let it water until rain starts and then ask some neighbour to turn the water supply off.

Reading customer reviews of the Hoselock timer has made me purchase another brand, Gardena Smart System, same concept but much more expensive. The plan is to install it next year and hopefully it will work better.

So my question is if someone else is using a connected smart irrigation system and can share some experience?
Plant identification / Re: Plant id. Dubrovnik
« Last post by Jaken on September 17, 2019, 07:37:21 PM »
Aha! thank you John.
I'm new to the mediterranean fauna as you might have suspected.
Plant identification / Re: Unknown plant
« Last post by David Dickinson on September 17, 2019, 07:30:40 PM »
Hi Jaken

Don't forget to look at the list of seeds you can get from the MGS Seed Exchange. Caesalpinia gilliesii seeds are available there. If I remember correctly you are entitled to get up to 10 packs of seeds free as a member. If you contribute seeds you can get up to 15 packets.

If you are not sure where to find the list and instructions etc, go to the MGS home page and just below the large photo at the top of the page you will see a heading "Seed Exchange". First line. to the right. Click on this and it will take you to the current list. Chantal does a wonderful job of coordinating all the seeds that are sent and arranging to get them to you.
Plant identification / Re: Plant id. Dubrovnik
« Last post by John J on September 17, 2019, 06:01:44 PM »
Hi Jaken, they are Capers. That is Capparis spinosa.
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