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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

harmful plants to cats

Posted: Yesterday at 17:27

According to this site

gardenias are toxic to cats and dogs, horses and guinea pigs.

Hope that's helpful.

Tomato leaf problem

Posted: Yesterday at 17:23

Also try to put some shading on the greenhouse if at all possible


Posted: Yesterday at 17:19

BL - my emails are playing up and I do accept PMs - I think there may be a problem with Outlook today.  Anyway, I received your email and have sent a text to your mobile number - hope you get it.  If you don't get it, yes, time and place fine - see you Thursday

Verdun, it's been very hot here today, 33.4C a bit earlier, and very muggy. 

It's the Lord Mayor's carneval parade through the city starting about now - no way am I going to stand in a crush of people in this heat - but I bet the waterslide down Rampant Horse Street is popular when it opens this evening! 


Posted: Yesterday at 14:14

BL - I've received your email but for some odd reason Hotmail is playing up and not letting me send any emails today   Can you send me a PM?  I've tried to send you one but it says you don't accept them.   I was thinkiing abut Thursday 1pm at the venue you suggested - can you just check the name of the village as you've written it wrongly - don't want us both going to different places! 

What is this please?

Posted: Yesterday at 14:07

The first pic is of astilbes.

Can we have a close up of the leaves and flowers for the second pic please?

Sad looking honeysuckle

Posted: Yesterday at 12:32

Yes, they're succumbing to powdery mildew because they're struggling due to drought at the roots. 

Honeysuckle are woodland plants and like cool damp roots and their faces in the sun.  Drench as Dave says - a dose of tomato feed wouldn't come amiss either.

Climbing Roses

Posted: Yesterday at 12:28

I agree - they're a bit on the small side if anything.  I'd prefer them to be at least 50% bigger.

I wouldn't plant perennials in with roses - a few summer bedding plants - e.g. petunias, or trailing lobelias - would be ok and would be happy with the higher level of nutrition too.

doves taking over

Posted: Yesterday at 12:24

Verdun, starlings numbers have reduced by over 60% since the 1970s  - they're on the Red List for conservation concern. 

The reason for the decline in numbers seems to be an accumulation of several factors - lack of suitable nest sites due to refurbishment of old buildings etc.  - changes in farming practices eg a uge reduction in the number of dairy farms with their permanent grazing pastures containing the high number of invertebrates that they need, especially for feeding the nestlings, and of course, the drier summers which also mean a reduction in soil invertebrates.

The large flocks we see performing their murmurations near the winter roosts contain a huge number of winter migrants from as far away as northern Russia.


My sweetcorn has tastles already but they're short.

Posted: Yesterday at 11:36

I find that sweetcorn is also very thirsty - we've had a dry year so far so regular soakings may encourage a bit of growth. 

I'm not growing any this year, but I grew sweetcorn in the last long hot summer we had and I put the sprinkler on them for half an hour every other day - we're on very free-draining gritty loam.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 11:30

Wonky ((lots and lots of hugs))

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Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

I couldn't resist ..................................... 
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Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

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