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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Poisonous Plants

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 10:39

He's ok Mica  ((hugs)) you cannot be harmed simply by touching foxgloves - I spent my childhood running around my granny's garden with foxgloves (Little Folk's Gloves) on all eight fingers and two thumbs - I was fine  

I touched probably 100 foxglove plants yesterday and so did my daughter - we're fine and will remain so.  Use the evidence - it's all around you and on here.

You seem to think that the comments on here mean that your fears are rational - but that's not what the comments say. 

What people have said is that they understand your fears, in the light of your acknowledged OCD - however, your fears are not rational - this is disordered thinking and will be helped by CBT. 

Lots of luck - it will get better when you get the CBT - ((hugts))

Mystery plants / weeds that I can't kill with weedkiller

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 09:14
nutcutlet wrote (see)

... Double strength. That could be part of the problem. These things are best used as prescribed. A quick death of top growth is not what you want, you want slow and total death of the root as well. But there is no instant fix for weeds of this quality. 'dt cut all the tops of, wait for good strong regrowth, not a few little scraps, and respray according to instructions

Totally agree - cut it back, spray the regrowth according to directions on the pack, then wait until it's all brown and dead before digging.

Monty and those gardening sins...

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 09:11

The basket of herbs is a temporary feature, sort of like bedding - and doesn't everyone 'stuff' hanging baskets?  Joe certainly did.   I think they'll be fine - I wouldn't have teased out those roots - the rootballs were full but not wound round and round.   I didn't notice Joe teasing out rootballs for his hanging basket either.

Think the cosmos would ideally have been planted out earlier, but it's been flippin' chilly - I like them a bit long and leggy and planted amongst other perennials that give them a bit of support ... that's how I first noticed cosmos years ago at Gt Dixter.   Draping and drooping as they waved elegantly in the breeze

problem with apple tree

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 08:59

Keep an eye out for families of Long-tailed tits in your apple tree - they just love eating wooly aphids

Every cloud has a silver lining ..... well, almost every ...

Jardins Ouvert/Open Garden

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 08:56

Oh, No. 1 Tip :  wear a long floaty dress and a big floppy hat like this

 or go for the 'other English eccentric' look

 and everyone will realise that yours is 'English' in style, and therefore a work in progress - and if you go for the second look, no one will dare harbour a critical thought in their heads


Posted: 20/06/2015 at 08:43

Well, looks like they've admitted liability then ... now all they have to do is send someone to take the rubbish away and then deliver your second ton of topsoil that you paid them for - then you'll have no reason for further complaints will you?

I wonder if they realise yet that  we all know about it on the GW Forum - name and shame???


Posted: 20/06/2015 at 07:53

Wonky has surfaced and is feeding robins - she has requested brunch rather than breakfast


Posted: 20/06/2015 at 07:25

Good morning all

Glorious morning here, full of birdsong and sunshine - let's hope it's the same for Fidget (see thread for Fidget's Big Day!)

Dd, it'll be fine - it really will - all most people want is the chance to wander in a garden and have a nice cup of tea and a scone or slice of cake - and the real gardeners will understand.

Lots of gardening done here yesterday - the birds are a bit confused as some (small) shrubs have been moved

Wonky's still asleep at the moment, but there'll be a big breakfast, bacon, eggs, black pudding, tomatoes and fried bread available when she wakes - ready for more gardening before I take her back to the station at teatime

Jardins Ouvert/Open Garden

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 07:01
Dordogne Damsel wrote (see)

Thanks Pansyface, will do my best to enjoy.

I am half hoping 'real' gardeners will come & will understand the reason it is not perfect and half hoping the non-gardeners come and won't know the difference.


I think that's exactly how it will be Dd ((hugs)) - and you should see the weeds we spotted at East Ruston Old Vicarage and Bressingham, didn't we folks?!

I think you should put a little sign up saying that you tend your garden with wildlife as a priority, and any scruffy bits and 'wild plants' are for the wildlife and beneficial insects


Cornwall churchyard

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 06:56

Not me Lyn - I have an occasional peek online as we like to holiday in the West Country and take a bit of an interest in what goes on - I only saw this because I saw the original post and Googled.

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

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ID please

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Flower ID please

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The reason I'm not weeding

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Markings on hosta leaves

What can I do about this pest? 
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Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Congratulations to you both ... 
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ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
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Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
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Frost tonight!!!???

Check your local forecast ... 
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Clematis cuttings

Where shall I put them? 
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