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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

A few mystery plants that need identifying

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 14:13

I agree with Annette, and they're probably Cyclamen hederafolium - my shady bank is covered with them at this time of year. 

Climbing Roses

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 14:09

David Austin recommends containers of at least 25litres or the size of half a barrel - and this is just for the bush roses suggested here

Climbing roses are even bigger and need larger containers.


The reason I'm not weeding

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 14:03
Lyn wrote (see)

Although my garden looks a wild country garden mess, I wont have a weed in it either.  But good excuse there Dove, I'll give you that!!

Glad you appreciate the creativity Lyn

White powder stuff on leaves, stems and new buds of patio buddleja

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 13:34
Tetley wrote (see)

....oh it IS in a pot then.   I water everything in pots !  Buddleia is really so much better off if it is planted in the ground.

Dove....this powery stuff wipes off.......

Yes, just thought I'd mention it in case someone comes along at a later date with a similar query - I didn't mean that it was a possible diagnosis for the OP's plant.

Too many aphids on a young clematis

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 13:32

Wasps will be around soon - they eat aphids too

double helping of Monty

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 13:29


Posted: 05/07/2015 at 13:29

But that's how you make a tv programme  you don't want the extraneous sounds that the camera crew, director etc make - and the microphones are directional and won't pick up sounds from further away such as birdsong, so you make a sound recording in the location and lay it over.  



Too many aphids on a young clematis

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 13:14

Well, they might distort and spoil the growing tip, but that would lead to the plant growing sideshoots - remember that aphids are part of nature and wild plants (even wild clematis) grows without us doing anything about the aphids. 

The birds, wasps and ladybirds will see to the aphids for us if we let them.

I remove bad infestations with my fingers or the hosepipe, but I make sure I leave some for the predators or they'll go elsewhere.

My First ever roses ..... panicking, why have they grown so fast?

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 12:44

He could probably build you some obelisks and pillars - what a wonder to live next door to someone so happy to share his skills. 

Bake that man a cake immediately - or buy him a beer - or both

Too many aphids on a young clematis

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 12:41

Then I'd just keep doing it repeatedly and more thoroughly - no way would I use chemicals - in the nearly four years we've been here and not used chemicals we're getting less and less of a problem with aphids because of the insects and birds that live here and deal with them for us. 

Even soapy water will not be good for ladybird larvae etc

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Shall we pool our piggy banks?

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

Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

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

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Monday 27th July 
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Last Post: 28/07/2015 at 20:16

Foxglove 'Illumination Pink'

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Last Post: 22/07/2015 at 12:15

ID please

Can't remember  
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Last Post: 17/07/2015 at 12:44

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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Last Post: 05/07/2015 at 10:10

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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