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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Rubber chippings

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 07:44

You will need to weed the bark chippings occasionally - nothing can stop wind-blown seeds coming in and taking root - just an occasional hand-weed or going around with a hoe should do the trick - but you won't get rid of that job completely, no matter how thick you mulch or whatever you mulch with.

I suspect that rubber 'bark chippings' have been invented and made with the interests of the tyre manufacturers to the fore, and not those of gardeners.  If they can find ways to 'recycle' petrochemical products (which is what tyres are) it's cheaper for them.  Nothing to do with them being 'fit for purpose' as a mulch


Posted: 07/06/2015 at 07:41

Good morning all   Glorious morning   I'm being shouted at through the open door by a robin   He's saying that if I don't go out there with some more mealworms this instant he'll come in and get them himself!

It's my birthday

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 07:34

Hope he has a Brilliant Birthday!!!

not greenfly but lilac fly???

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 07:31

I think (going by the host plant) that they're likely to be Carrot Aphid - squirt a jet of water from the hozepipe at them!  Colour seems to be an imprecise diagnostic tool!


Monty Don sets us a bit of a challenge here


How to deal with white fungus/mould on apple tree

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 07:21

Looks like Woolly Aphid to me too - watch out for families of long tailed tits swarming over your tree - they love it - every cloud has a silver lining


Posted: 06/06/2015 at 21:04

Jo, ask Wonky if she remembers what she did when Papa Womble threw our front door key to me in the dark outside the village pub one autumn and the key got lost in all the fallen leaves

  Soon be my bedtime - sweet dreams everyone - see you in the morning

Plant ID

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 20:50

Yes, it's a rose - probably a climber - if you can train the canes outwards rather than upwards - as shown by Paul Zimmerman here you should get a lovely display of blooms.

Edited to add:  roses aren't hard to grow - whoever told you that?  Stuff and nonsense and you've got one for free, probably £15 worth there. There aren't many things prettier than a climbing rose on an old brick wall.  Give it a go and see what happens 

Talkback: Field horsetail

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 20:27

Margaret - vinegar won't kill it.  It only burns the top growth - the roots go down 20+ feet and live to fight another day

PLant ID

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 19:56

Wood Avens is 'some sort of geum'  - it's Geum urbanum

Whats happening to my tomato plants?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 19:52

Is the mini-greenhouse open during the day?  They look as if they could have been scorched by the sun shining too strongly on them through glass or plastic

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Monday 27th July 
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Foxglove 'Illumination Pink'

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ID please

Can't remember  
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Flower ID please

Spring flower in Northern Brittany  
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Last Post: 10/07/2015 at 06:56

Sisyrinchium striatum

Aunt May 
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The reason I'm not weeding

And it's not laziness ...  
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Markings on hosta leaves

What can I do about this pest? 
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Last Post: 03/07/2015 at 12:41

Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Last Post: 25/06/2015 at 19:10


Congratulations to you both ... 
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Last Post: 21/06/2015 at 19:25

ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 15:20

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

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:15

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

Weather warning! 
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Last Post: 11/06/2015 at 19:34

Good intentions ...

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

Frost tonight!!!???

Check your local forecast ... 
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Last Post: 09/06/2015 at 10:01

Clematis cuttings

Where shall I put them? 
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