London (change)
Today 26°C / 19°C
Tomorrow 26°C / 16°C


Latest posts by Dovefromabove

pinching out dahlias

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 08:59

Yes, use your little snippers, cutting back to a pair of leaves - you can also pinch back the sideshoots, so that they grow bushier

Wipe your snippers afterwards - good garden hygiene practice


Posted: 12/05/2015 at 08:51

It'll remind you to pinch out those dahlias


Posted: 12/05/2015 at 08:37

Good morning Wonky ((hugs))

It's not actually an allergy - it's just the pollen that has caused my sinuses to clog - oilseed rape has very large pollen grains - can't take decongestants 'cos of my other meds  so will inhale some steam!

WonkyWomble wrote (see)
... Dove! Nip it in the bud!   ...

Look at you - using gardening analogies


Ants and ladybirds

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 08:16

Try to  look on the bright side - if you have that many ants you probably have green woodpeckers around - keep your ears open for their yaffle in the early mornings, and watch for them probing the lawns with their beaks to get the ant larvae

Anyone else get slightly "rare" bird visitors?

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 08:12

I used to see a treecreeper in grounds of the office where I worked

We hadn't seen greenfinches here for a couple of years, but there's at least a couple of pairs around this spring

Wheatears - lovely - saw them on Skye

I've just heard from a friend in Northern Germany who saw a Bluethroat (luscinia svecica) yesterday morning - he said the song was beautiful - apparently they sometimes appear in the spring in the East of England, so I shall keep my eyes (ad ears) open.

Bees. Nest in the ground.

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 07:55

You've obviously created the perfect environment for them

unknown red stemmed weed help?

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 07:53

It's the leaves that will absorb the weedkiller and they absorb more when they're growing fast and slightly bruised.    You will beat it - don't worry!  Of course, there may be a few more appear over the next few springs, but now you know what to look out for you can spray them individually as they appear and that'll sort it out.

Bees. Nest in the ground.

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 07:49

They're not going to live there - they're laying their eggs then they'll seal up the holes - young will emerge next spring.


Anyone else get slightly "rare" bird visitors?

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 07:41

And what a coincidence - I just heard that 'chick ... chick' call and looked out of the window to see a Gt Spotted Woodpecker feeding in the big ash tree

Anyone else get slightly "rare" bird visitors?

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 07:37

I just went out to feed the robins (again) and watched a family of marauding magpies taking eggs from the collared doves' nest - again.  The doves put up a fight, but were overwhelmed - again.

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Markings on hosta leaves

What can I do about this pest? 
Replies: 2    Views: 32
Last Post: Today at 10:48

Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
Replies: 36    Views: 891
Last Post: 25/06/2015 at 19:10


Congratulations to you both ... 
Replies: 28    Views: 710
Last Post: 21/06/2015 at 19:25

ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
Replies: 19    Views: 449
Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 15:20

I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
Replies: 12    Views: 349
Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:15

Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
Replies: 7    Views: 269
Last Post: 11/06/2015 at 19:34

Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
Replies: 15    Views: 394
Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:09

Frost tonight!!!???

Check your local forecast ... 
Replies: 24    Views: 647
Last Post: 09/06/2015 at 10:01

Clematis cuttings

Where shall I put them? 
Replies: 10    Views: 332
Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 17:45

Visit The Old Vicarage Gardens East Ruston - Friday 5th June

Would anyone like to come along? 
Replies: 30    Views: 804
Last Post: 05/06/2015 at 20:09

ID for hardy geranium please

Does anyone recognise this one? 
Replies: 12    Views: 346
Last Post: 27/05/2015 at 09:02

Conference on Ancient Trees and Orchards

Open to all 
Replies: 4    Views: 237
Last Post: 25/05/2015 at 22:47

Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

I couldn't resist ..................................... 
Replies: 27    Views: 736
Last Post: 24/05/2015 at 10:37

Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

Some like the shade, some need the sun, some like sun some of the time ... 
Replies: 20    Views: 624
Last Post: 06/06/2015 at 20:55


Do bees become addicted? 
Replies: 1    Views: 225
Last Post: 30/04/2015 at 15:24
1 to 15 of 122 threads