London (change)
Fri 16°C / 12°C
Tomorrow 16°C / 9°C


Latest posts by Dovefromabove


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 08:52

Nice thought Rinus K, but no - rust is a fungal disease, spread by spores.  It gets its name from the colour of the affected leaves.

I've frequently noticed that hollyhocks growing in beds seem almost guaranteed to contract rust, whereas I know of hollyhocks growing from gaps in paving, tarmac etc, with no soil at the surface seem to survive virtually rustless for years and years. 

My conclusion is that the spores fall from the affected leaves and if they fall on the soil they linger there over the winter to reinfect the plant the following year, whereas if they fall on paving, tarmac etc the spores are washed away in the winter, hence less chance of re-infection.  Just a thought



Posted: 17/07/2015 at 07:35

HURRAH!!!   Welcome back Snoodle - glad all went well - have been thinking of you - (did some counting ).  So two boys now then?!  Glad this one seems to like being in the garden - that's a good start   How's his big brother taking to the new arrival?

(Such a shame it wasn't hswk that made you feel queasy )


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 07:30

 Just for you Verdun   Sorry about the plastic spoon

Carrot query

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 07:26

No, you don't want your carrots to flower!

Carrots usually take two years to complete their lifecycle.  In the first year they build up a store of energy in the root - this forms the carrot that we want to eat. 

In the second year the energy from the carrot is used up to produce the flower and seeds.  The 'carrot' becomes old, withered and tough.

A shock to the system (e.g. drought or root disturbance) can cause the carrot to flower early (in the first year) as a sort of self-preservation strategy as it 'thinks' it's going to die.

Hope that explains it


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 07:22

Here you are Bushman

 Coffee Verdun?

Unidentified cherry pest

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 07:11

It's a shame that you can't eat the cherries and very worrying for the UK's cherry farmers - the work of the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate is fascinating and so important.

Please keep us informed.

Where would you put them?

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 06:58

Last summer I put Black-eyed Susie in a large pot with a 5 ft teepee of willow canes for them to climb up - they looked fantastic on the west-facing front porch and received lots of compliments.

I don't like to have plants climbing up/over roses - think it's asking for fungal attack etc - I like to let the air get at the leaves - Black-eyed Suzie foliage can get quite dense.

Species roses

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 06:40

I do love species roses, and in previous gardens I had a few - love pimpernellifolia and their cultivars. 

You had no frost at all last winter?  Whereabouts are you?

Can I save them?

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 06:28

Just to clarify - wet weather isn't the cause of blight, but warm wet weather can create the perfect conditions for the blight spores in the air to settle on the leaves and multiply. 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Shall we pool our piggy banks?

Or shall we stick with our seed swap? 
Replies: 1    Views: 209
Last Post: 20/08/2015 at 19:53

Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Shall we have to say goodbye ... 
Replies: 19    Views: 514
Last Post: 20/08/2015 at 08:10

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Monday 27th July 
Replies: 123    Views: 3025
Last Post: 28/07/2015 at 20:16

Foxglove 'Illumination Pink'

Replies: 6    Views: 304
Last Post: 22/07/2015 at 12:15

ID please

Can't remember  
Replies: 5    Views: 342
Last Post: 17/07/2015 at 12:44

Flower ID please

Spring flower in Northern Brittany  
Replies: 11    Views: 379
Last Post: 10/07/2015 at 06:56

Sisyrinchium striatum

Aunt May 
Replies: 2    Views: 201
Last Post: 05/07/2015 at 10:10

The reason I'm not weeding

And it's not laziness ...  
Replies: 11    Views: 471
Last Post: 07/07/2015 at 09:35

Markings on hosta leaves

What can I do about this pest? 
Replies: 5    Views: 249
Last Post: 03/07/2015 at 12:41

Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
Replies: 36    Views: 1089
Last Post: 25/06/2015 at 19:10


Congratulations to you both ... 
Replies: 28    Views: 890
Last Post: 21/06/2015 at 19:25

ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
Replies: 19    Views: 607
Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 15:20

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

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
Replies: 12    Views: 471
Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:15

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

Weather warning! 
Replies: 7    Views: 380
Last Post: 11/06/2015 at 19:34

Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
Replies: 15    Views: 510
Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:09
1 to 15 of 130 threads