Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Struggling Silver Birch

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 10:59

The grounds where I used to work had a lot of mature silver birches and the ground was light and very free draining.  The birch leaves always began to change to yellow and start falling earlier than the other trees on the site, and as they survived a long while I guess birches can cope with these conditions - however as these are fairly newly planted I'd do as ChrissieB suggests, clearing an area around them and mulching - a bucket full of water each every few days in dry spells wouldn't go amiss either. 

Frog traps

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 10:54

Think it was probably a newt - lizards like warm dry places 

Frogs are pretty good climbers - they'd have got out if they'd wanted to.  


Posted: 27/08/2016 at 09:39

  Yes, this is a halo symbol to imply innocence - usually used with tongue firmly in cheek 

Something's eating my plants!

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 09:30

Think you've got some vine weevils. 

I use nematodes to deal with them - I applied them to a border 4 or 5 years ago and there's not been a problem since.  

Last edited: 27 August 2016 09:31:24

Hiding a bare leylandi hedge

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 09:02
Livvy2 says:

... but will the leylandi roots make it too dry for anything to grow well. ...

 I certainly think so - I would either put all my efforts into friendly overtures with the NDN in order to come up with a solution agreeable to all


Erect a sturdy fence on your side of the boundary and move on.

Good luck 


Posted: 27/08/2016 at 07:36

My autumn raspberries always fruit in August - getting a lovely crop now, some for breakfast some for supper and lots in the freezer and more to pick this morning  - but they're planted in the ground against a fence and as they grow I loop plastic covered wire around them to hold them against the fence so they don't get blown about.

Raspberries grow tall and in pots they're likely to be top-heavy.  Have you got them in heavy loam-based compost? And they do need something to tie them up to - I'd put the pot against a fence or post and put some gardener's twine around them to hold them up.  

Things I don't get

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 07:29

People who expect everyone else to keep to the rules, but for some reason, (probably because think they're a superior form of human being), they believe that the rules don't apply to them  and they do as they choose 


Posted: 27/08/2016 at 07:12



Posted: 27/08/2016 at 06:59

good morning all  A quiet, still and sunny morning - just the cooing of wood pigeons


Posted: 26/08/2016 at 22:23

Sounds like a lovely day BL 

Im in bed listening to several tawny owls calling from somewhere nearby - wonderful!

sweet dreams all ... 

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