London (change)
Today 13°C / 5°C
Tomorrow 12°C / 6°C


Latest posts by Dovefromabove

lilly shoot been nibbled

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 16:34

Oh!  that does look a bit extreme -  you either have ginormous slugs or there's rabbits/deer or similar chomping their way through your garden.  Has anything else been eaten?

Cucumber strange black spots on stem?

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 16:31

Hi Austin - I wouldn't panic yet - the plants look to be growing strongly

childrens gardening

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 16:29

Hi Stefanie and Hi to your daughter too

When my daughter was around 5 she had her own flower bed and she grew nasturtiums, calendula and sunflowers (amongst other things).  When the caterpillars ate her nastutiums she said that was ok because it was now a 'butterfly farm'.

It's also great fun to grow some little cherry tomatoes in a tub.  If you don't want to start them from seed yourself you can buy the plants from a garden centre.  My niece got into gardening by growing a butternut squash plant - also available from garden centres for you to pot up or grow in the garden.  

Great fun, teaches a sense of responsibility (regular watering etc) coping with disappointment (we all have to be able to do that) and an interest in nature.

Have lots of fun



lilly shoot been nibbled

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 16:23

Hi mksmithy  

It all depends whether the growing point has been eaten - could you post a pic on here and we'll see if we have any clues (click on the tree icon on the toolbar above where you type yur post)

Unusual cowslips

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 16:17

That looks as if it's cross-pollinated with a polyanthus-type primula - they're very promiscuous. 

ID my fungus please

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 15:54

That was my other thought - the right time of year for morels so I'm ever hopeful of seeing some at this time of year.  There are a couple of sites here in Norfolk - locations are a closely guarded secret.


Jack by the hedge. In fact lots of jack by the hedge!

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 15:51

Me too - strimming will do the job

ID my fungus please

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 15:20

I was with Nut when we found this  - I err towards 'some sort of morel'. 

I think I saw it the day before this photo was taken - it was certainly 'closer to the ground' and there was no sign of the 'egg' as I would expect with a young stinkhorn, and certainly no smell that either I or OH noticed, and I got down onto the ground to look at it. 


Posted: 24/04/2015 at 14:26

Fritillary - love them - when we had the smallholding we used to rear 4 Hereford x bullocks every 12 months or so

I don't like the look of the solar parks, we've got several about here too, but at least when technology improves they'll be relatively simple to deconstruct, unlike these

 Sizewell A & B .


Posted: 24/04/2015 at 14:15

Susan, just a guess but did they look anything like these?

 Charolais bullocks - they're a lovely teddy bear colour

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Copper tape

What do your slugs make of it? 
Replies: 25    Views: 488
Last Post: 16/04/2015 at 08:19

Plant ID please

Any better ideas ... 
Replies: 2    Views: 242
Last Post: 26/03/2015 at 15:22

First Pickings 2015

Those first rewards from the fruit and veg patch 
Replies: 9    Views: 330
Last Post: 17/03/2015 at 11:10

The Chelsea Fringe

Is there an event in your area? 
Replies: 1    Views: 165
Last Post: 09/03/2015 at 10:48

Snowdrops to see in East Yorkshire

Snowdrop Spectacular!!! 
Replies: 8    Views: 280
Last Post: 23/02/2015 at 11:25

Norfolk bargains?

Trachycarpus fortuneii 
Replies: 0    Views: 197
Last Post: 14/02/2015 at 10:20

Winterwatch BBC2

Starts this evening 9.00pm 
Replies: 9    Views: 447
Last Post: 19/01/2015 at 22:27


Please help me choose 
Replies: 11    Views: 408
Last Post: 09/01/2015 at 17:02

Trees and their relationships

Interesting info about fungi, microrhyzal organisms and trees 
Replies: 3    Views: 347
Last Post: 05/01/2015 at 18:01

New Year Gardening Resolutions

What do you really mean to do differently in 2015? 
Replies: 37    Views: 1715
Last Post: 01/01/2015 at 18:00

Formatting Problems

There's a rogue thread 
Replies: 8    Views: 399
Last Post: 11/12/2014 at 16:47

Christmas lights in the garden

Replies: 99    Views: 4261
Last Post: 24/12/2014 at 21:51

John Innes Compost

All your questions answered 
Replies: 6    Views: 597
Last Post: 24/11/2014 at 07:52

Amazing amateur wildlife photos

Russian foxes in the Arctic Circle 
Replies: 17    Views: 1413
Last Post: 15/12/2014 at 00:00

Hallowe'en Howlers

A seasonal joke thread 
Replies: 30    Views: 772
Last Post: 02/11/2014 at 10:04
1 to 15 of 107 threads