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Ash Tree Die Back

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 19:37

We have two large ash trees in our garden which we love.  So far they look healthy

We are slap bang in the middle of a really bad area for Ash Dieback - we saw some tragically affected young growth on old ash stools at Foxley Wood last spring - we're also just a mile down the road from Dr Edwards' lab at the first sign of a problem we'll be reporting it.  

Autumn nectar sources for bees and etc?

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 15:17

It's only when ivy has reached the top of it's support and produced its arborial form that it will produce flowers and berries, and this takes several years - however, it is possible to take cuttings from the arborial form of ivy and grow them as shrubs which flower and fruit.  I've seen this done where it has been used as an attractive low hedge.

It is an offence in the UK (Wildlife & Countryside Act) to introduce Himalayan Balsam into the wild - as the seeds catapault high, far and wide, if you grow it in your garden it is virtually impossible to prevent it spreading.  I know, I lived next door to someone who had one plant in his garden.  Within two years his garden and mine were full of it, within five years it had spread into every garden along our side of the street.  It was a total pain in the neck pulling the seedlings up year after year. 

We moved house.



Posted: 29/05/2015 at 14:08

Wonky - Sainsbugs giving away brandy!!!  Whatever next???  Did you get asked for ID again???

I told you you have to be patient with seeds!

Bob, good news about your mum - as Verdun says, peace of mind for you and for her



Posted: 29/05/2015 at 11:39

I maligned them Hosta, I've just checked - they have four and a half leaves each

Well, the rain's spattering on the window now so it's definitely hwk for the next little while - when I've drunk my coffee


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 11:17

Hosta - picking courgettes???  My plants still only have a couple of proper leaves and are hiding in the little greenhouse.  I only potted them on yesterday!!!  You lot live in tropical climes



Posted: 29/05/2015 at 11:15

Announcement from Dove HQ - lawnmowing postponed - I'd forgotten that I needed to make a tandoori marinade for supper - now I've done that and hung some washing out there's menacing black clouds heading this way and it's turning chilly.  I shall be a brave Dove and do some hwk instead


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 11:11

Liri - I remember proddy rugs - they were very common in farmworker's cottages in Suffolk when I was a child.  I've a vague idea of how to make them as I watched it being done, but I'd love to learn properly. 

I used to co-ordinate the Norfolk Open Studios, and we had a fantastic local artist and rugmaker in the event - I could go to her classes, but so much to do and so little time - where does all the stuff come from that's filling up my retirement days?

where to put slug pellets

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 10:53

This is the stuff Wonky has

it does say that it works best when moist, so possibly moisten first, then put the slate lid over


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 10:00

I'm not bragging, but we have blue sky and sunshine here - I'm going to get the mower out

What is it?

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 09:54

It's one of the hardy geraniums - someone will tell you which one 

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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Sisyrinchium striatum

Aunt May 
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The reason I'm not weeding

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

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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