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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 11:18

Bumping up for Bekkie


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 11:14

Oh Clari - rest, rest and more rest, lots of water to drink, lie on the sofa with rubbish telly on so that you can go to sleep and a hot toddy at bed time. 

If you've got the energy to do it safely, put some steaming hot water in a bowl with a couple of drops of Olbas oil - put a bathtowel over your head and inhale deeply.

And rest, rest and more rest. 

((virtual hugs only))  I've got a social life happening this weekend 

Wasps - such useful creatures

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 11:10

We know that wasps help us in many ways, including preying on insect pests, but they can be useful in other ways too ............ 


Gardening with thorns!!

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 10:21

Do you need ones that you can use when hedging etc, and which don't need to allow fine motor control, or do you need ones for finer work?


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 08:18

Morning Verdun   We have sunshine 

Talkback: Ground elder

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 08:00

You can paint a glyphosate weedkiller carefully onto the ground elder between the shrubs, but you must avoid contaminating the shrubs.  

After applying the weedkiller leave them until they have died down and turned brown.  This indicates that the poison has travelled back into the roots and they have also been killed.  If you remove the leaves too soon the roots will regrow. 

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 07:54

Sorry Pottering   I was responding to the post before yours.  

I do agree that some people seem not to be embarrassed or concerned about their cat's soiling and damage to other people's gardens, let alone the harm done to wildlife.  On the other hand some owners do go to a lot of trouble to prevent as much cat-trouble as they can.  When we had cats we kept them in at night and provided them with litter trays outside in our garden which they used. This protected our flowerbeds and our neighbours said that our pets rarely soiled their garden.  

Our next door neighbours have cats - we chase them out of the back garden and they're getting the message - helped by the fact that one of them performed it's usual leap over the hostas, not knowing that we'd dug and filled a pond on the other side! We've not seen that cat in the garden again   However, I always protect newly sown areas with wire netting laid over the top to be on the safe side.

When we came here the front garden was all grass, but since we dug a border it's received attentions from a cat from across the road.  Now that the border is planted up it's 'performing' on the lawn over night.  Not pleasant but removable with a plastic bag in the morning. 

Cats are more difficult to 'control' than dogs and other domestic pets, and I think that has been accepted over the years in exchange for their role in keeping down rats and mice within communities. Now cats are too well-fed to need to hunt and yet many of them are still let out at nights where they are vulnerable to foxes and traffic.  I used to drive for my job, and certainly the feline traffic casualties that I saw were always in the very early morning.  

Cats don't need to be outside at night.  I wish their owners would keep them in. Members of my family have cats - they never go out at night and are perfectly happy and healthy cats. 

planting bulbs

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 07:34

Bulbs are living things, even when they're dormant and they need to grow.  I can't imagine that they're anything other than soft and rotten now. Compost them. Buy some more .......... and plant them 

Landscaping my garden

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 07:30

I'd rather have nice paving than decking - decking just provides somewhere that you can't get at for rats to live and for weeds to grow.


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 07:26

I don't know about the others, but rabbits and deer could have done that.  As long as the growing point of the parsnips didn't get eaten then they'll still grow - but I suspect your visitors will return - can you fix some better protection?  Perhaps some netting , but if you use netting keep it taut and inspect it regularly to prevent small birds from becoming entangled and getting injured or dying. 

Good luck 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
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Please put out a shallow dish of water!

Small mammals are not enjoying the heatwave 
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Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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How to get around the current problem .... 
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Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

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A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Suggestions welcome 
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Caterpillar ID

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ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Slug Pubs - research opportunity

Which beer is best? 
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Plant in need of ID

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Hazels looking for a home

Free plants for Norfolk/North Suffolk gardeners 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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