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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

planting bulbs

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 07:34

Bulbs are living things, even when they're dormant and they need to grow.  I can't imagine that they're anything other than soft and rotten now. Compost them. Buy some more .......... and plant them 

Landscaping my garden

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 07:30

I'd rather have nice paving than decking - decking just provides somewhere that you can't get at for rats to live and for weeds to grow.


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 07:26

I don't know about the others, but rabbits and deer could have done that.  As long as the growing point of the parsnips didn't get eaten then they'll still grow - but I suspect your visitors will return - can you fix some better protection?  Perhaps some netting , but if you use netting keep it taut and inspect it regularly to prevent small birds from becoming entangled and getting injured or dying. 

Good luck 


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 07:11

Good morning all 

A bit of paperwork to do this morning then I need to get organised - friend arriving Friday to stay for the weekend - I have to plan a menu for the weekend and cook some of it and make stuff for the Foodie Picnic we're attending on Sunday - and I have to get the house spick and span.

And of course there's bits to do in the garden, but they may have to wait!  

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 07:04

Ask your neighbours to provide their cats with a large sand tray under cover in their own garden, and keep it regularly cleaned and filled.  Hopefully they will use that more than they use your garden, especially if you get a Contech water scarecrow - have a look on Amazon - their reviews look good.

It'll be much easier to train your neighbours' cats while they're still new to the area. 


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Posted: 12/08/2014 at 21:28

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tree disease Laburnum

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 20:07

I can't see what the soil is like there - could it possibly be waterlogged -  laburnums hate that. 

pruning honeysuckle vine

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:46

There are different varieties of honeysuckle that bloom at different times of the year.  Lonicera Belgica flowers early on and L. Serotina flowers about now.  You could grow both - and then there are others that flower through the summer - L. Graham Thomas is one of my absolute favourites with a beautiful scent. You could grow that one as well.  I grow all threee 

Help !!!

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:41

Could they be oleander?

Talkback: How to maintain a garden pond

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:38

We found that the larvae of Diving Beetles were feasting on some of our oxygenating pond plants - they seemed particularly fond of Hottonia palustris -the Water Violet.  They stripped the leaves from the stems - we sat and watched them doing it!

The plants grew new leaves later on. 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Bargain Roses

For a limited time only 
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Prepare for a heatwave!!!

It's not winter yet ....... 
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Recording the weather in your garden

Do you? 
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Gardener's World discussed on Points of View

Complaints about change of time and cancellations 
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Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

All welcome ............who's coming? 
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If you're buying big pots ....

Beware of being offered stolen property 
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Grafting fruit trees

An art and a science 
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Reporting the Spanish slugs 
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Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
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Last Post: 06/08/2014 at 22:45

Please put out a shallow dish of water!

Small mammals are not enjoying the heatwave 
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Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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How to get around the current problem .... 
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