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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Plum tree fungi

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 07:30

What is the green  'fabric' around the trunk at the bottom of the picture?  Is it a tight plant tie of some description?  That may have restricted the growth of the trunk which then swelled and split above the tie allowing damp in causing the wood to rot and fugus to take a hole.  Plant ties need to be regularly loosened to allow the trunk to swell.


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 07:24

Good morning folks!  I'll try not to breathe on you - in fact, I'm struggling to breathe at all   I left you all to play nicely together yesterday evening and went to bed - propped up so I could breathe a bit - glad you've not been washed away Verdun

We had a sharp frost overnight - there was a beautiful clear and starry sky - I saw it several times. 

Think I'm going to take things easy today - I may try to sort out the gardening and cookery bookcase - but I may just rest - a lot more coffee needed before I decide.  However it will be roast beef and all the trimmings around 6.30 if anyone's about and wants to risk getting my lurgy

Pond plants

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 07:13

Native Hornwort is a superb oxygenator and no worries about it escaping.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 07:09

Take it easy Matty - you need sheltered conditions and some tlc - you're not ready to plant out quite yet

growing grapes

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 07:00

Even if you do get a viable cutting from the material you have (and personally I'm sorry but I doubt that you will) it's unlikely that it will be a variety suitable to grow in the UK climate - almost if not all  grapes bought in shops here are imported.  No harm in trying it as an experiment but if you want a seedless eating grape then I would buy a vine of the right variety such as Interlaken which will grow in a sheltered spot outside in the UK, or in a cold greenhouse .

Bad news

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 06:37

Oh what a bu$$er!  I visited Touchwood Aquilegias last year and bought quite a few plants back with me

I'll have to keep my eyes peeled and my fingers crossed.


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 17:22

How are you doing down  there with the high tides Verdun?


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 17:19

Far too cold here for gardening - I've spent the afternoon on the sofa with Olbas Oil, vaseline and tissues - watched the athletics and read some of my new RHS mag

We're having a Chinese takeaway this evening so I've not had to do any cooking which is probably just as well with this drippy and explosive schnozzle

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 17:13
Oneofseven wrote (see)

.... this sparrowhawk was chasing a dove, ....


Getting rid of stubborn green manure

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 16:05

Then I'd go back to using the types that worked well - different horses for different courses

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