Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Yellow balls

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 15:56

I agree ... slow release fertiliser balls.  The fertiliser is inside a permeable membrane ... as you water the plant the fertiliser passed through the membrane to the compost.  Eventually you are left with little hollow spheres. Nothing to worry about 


Posted: 27/08/2017 at 15:50

I've seen a pittosporum grown against a wall and topiarised in layers like a wedding cake, but without the support of the wall it wouldn't support it's own weight.  

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 15:16

Did I say the other day that I'd unblocked the sink?  I'd poured some stuff down it, left it a while, flushed it through with hot water and it ran clear.

Today it blocked again 

I unscrewed the trap ... there's a sable hair paintbrush in it ... OH is having to saw through the paintbrush handle with a hacksaw as it's too long to extract and it's stopping us from removing the trap from the pipe ... one of the perils of living with artists 

Tree Fungus

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 15:11

None of that will be due to the lichen.

As trees mature quite often the side-branches closer to the trunk die off - the tree is growing outwards 

I agree that it doesn't look like a rowan ... it also looks much bigger than rowans tend to be ... any idea how long it's been there and any more clues re identity ... what are the flowers like? 

Tree Fungus

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 14:51

It won't harm the tree ... it's indicative of clean air and often appears on slow-growing trees ... if the tree's poorly it's not because of the lichen. 

Ivy question

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 14:35

I used to have one in a pot wedged into the top of an old chimney pot ... looked great. 

Bizzy Lizzy

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 14:34

I use the New Guinea impatiens instead.  

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 14:30

LilyP   Wonky used to have an adopted three legged white cat ... she was amazingly agile and would clamber out of Wonky's dormer window and chase the pigeons on the roof ... three and a half floors up!!! 

We've just come back from a little outing to The Urban Jungle ... lovely cafeteria among the tree ferns, olives, vines and lemon trees 

Then we found that I'd put something which sheds fibres into the wash with OH's black tee work shirts ... the shirts have gone back in for another rinse 

Best tool for grass around shrubs and plants

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 14:22

Strimmers can severely damage the bark on stems and trunks of shrubs and trees allowing infection and rot to set in ... I prefer to keep a circle of bare soil around the younger ones and underplant the mature ones with herbaceous perennials  and bulbs ... then all that should be needed is the occasional bit of hand weeding.  


Posted: 27/08/2017 at 14:18
Steve the Gardening Vet says:

Holly had crossed my mind cos you can keep the bottom reasonably tightly trimmed for the safety of your eyes but let the top run away, right?

See original post

 That's what I was thinking ...  you could even grow it like a sort of spear-shaped standard with a 'bare leg'  

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