Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Poorly cyclamen

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 10:32

They die down in the summer and start back into growth in the autumn/winter - I'd leave it to dry out now, then in Sept/Oct repot it and it should spring back into life 

Have a look here - scroll down to the life-cycle bit 

Good luck 


Posted: 14/07/2016 at 10:27

I'm wondering how many more days we should pretend that we've not noticed the neighbours' boys' best football arrived over the fence (again) a few days ago - don't want to be horrid, they're nice boys, but I'd have thought they were big enough now to go up to the playground a few hundred yards away where there's a proper goal for football. 


Posted: 14/07/2016 at 10:24

Oh dear Hosta   Hope they 'take the hint' soon - at least school holidays should start any minute and they'll be at home more for a while ... 


Posted: 14/07/2016 at 08:53

Good morning all  

Get well soon Pat ((hugs))

Sunshine here ... so far it looks like a gardening day ... I'd better get dressed ............ 

GWRS - I love tripe - with salt & vinegar, or tripe and onions, Trippa alla Romana ... every which way 

Perfect hedge

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 14:53

I'm not happy with the idea of trying to grow hornbeam in a space 12" wide with a soil depth of 9" 

Nuisance Birds...

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 14:31
Redwing says:

As Dove said, 'Crow Country' is very good but it is by Mark Cocker, not Andrew.  I recommend it to anyone interested in Rooks and their close cousins, Jackdaws.

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Gardener's Garters

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 14:17

A wonderfully packaged parcel of Gardener's Garters (or as OH calls it, Monty's Braces ) has arrived and has been potted up to grow on for a few weeks before I plant it out.  

Thank you so much B3 - I'm very grateful ((hugs)) 

Starting a new bed

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 13:59

I agree with Fidgetbones - use glyphosate and allow all the weeds to die off until they're brown before digging over.  The ground elder may need more than one application.  

I would also put in a vertical barrier of some type (something like this )  to prevent ground elder that is amongst the hedge bottom from spreading back into your garden.

Be careful not to spray the hedge when treating the bed with glyphosate.  

New job

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 10:45

Congratulations Bulkerb - fantastic news 

Nuisance Birds...

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 09:16

There have been a lot of studies of rooks and crows - a marvellous book is Crow Country by Andrew Cocker .

Rookeries have been recorded in Britain since the Domesday Book - rooks are important to agriculture - the rooks feast on all sorts of soil-dwelling bugs that would damage the farmers' crops.  Just try Googling Rookery Farm and see how many there are !!!  A really important part of the history of the British countryside ... and yes, for 20+ years I lived just a few yards from a large rookery ... I loved hearing them calling as I woke on a sunny summer morning. 

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