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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

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.

Bees. Nest in the ground.

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 06:24

A lovely chance for your little one to learn to be patient and watch and observe from a distance - I remember beginning to take an interest in gardening and wildlife at that age

Anyone else get slightly "rare" bird visitors?

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 06:15

It's lovely isn't it - especially early in the morning.  We get lots of  goldfinches and some greenfinches as well as dunnocks, blue tits, great tits, long tailed tits, chaffinches, blackbirds, house sparrows, starlings and a pair of robins who come and sit on our hands to take live mealworms.   The goldfinches sing from our big ash trees - it's great.

We have had great spotted woodpeckers and green woodpeckers too, but not so often.

Killed rhubarb plant?

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 06:03

Weed all the grass away from around it so that it has a clear circle of soil about a metre in diameter around it.  Give it a good watering and mulch around (not over) the crown with some manure and leave it alone - it'll recover.  Just make sure it doesn't dry out in the summer (but it doesn't want to be soggy either). 


Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 05:59

I think Nut's right - furtle around gently in that plant and I think you'll find a buttercup plant growing up inside it.

unknown red stemmed weed help?

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 05:49

Hi Anton - that looks like Common Hogweed to me.

If I'm right the leaf stalks should have a groove down them.

As children we picked loads of it for our pet rabbits.  It's a common roadside weed and is often gathered by foragers

What sort of weedkiller are you using?  It's usually pretty easily dealt with using glyphosate - but you need to bruise the leaves before spraying, then wait until the leaves turn brown before pulling the plants up - that can sometimes take two or three weeks -  that way the chemicals will have got back to the roots and killed them.

I imagine that the garden has been neglected for a couple of years and hogweed has been allowed to flower and seed - if you don't allow it to do that you'll get rid of it relatively easily. 

Good luck.


The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 05:32

As I've mentioned on Hello Forkers - it's about window dressing/set design - not gardening   although to be fair, I suppose that's in the title.


Posted: 12/05/2015 at 05:23

Good morning to anyone else daft enough to be up already   I was woken by the dawn chorus and couldn't get back to sleep.  I've already been outside to top up the robin's mealworms. 

I had a fuzzy head when I went to bed last night, and now I've got blocked up ears - I drove past lots of oilseed rape fields yesterday - think the pollen has got to me.

Topbird, sounds like you're having fun and BL and Matty too

Hope Hostafan's knee is feeling better and that his OH's elbow is bearing up. 

Haven't we all been working hard?

Verdun, I agree with everything you say about the Chelsea Challenge last night - trees were just being slotted into holes, not planted.  It's about window dressing/set design, not gardening - that should be explained at least.


Oh eck!

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 21:06

Verdun is in the tropical paradise of Cornwall - his plants grow soft and lush all year round -  down there anything lower than 15C is alarming

out of control kids and their parents

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 21:02

If they're not gardeners, or their parents/grandparents weren't gardeners, then neither the parents nor the children will understand.   After all, if you lobbed a ball over the fence into their garden I don't suppose there's much it could damage.

Pansyface is right, hang on to the ball, show them the damage and explain how long it took to grow your plants and how much they cost to produce.  They may not offer any compensation - but at least they may understand a little bit and be more careful next time. 

Good luck

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