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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Xhose collapsible hosepipe bursting

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 08:01

I really don't understand why anyone would repeatedly buy something that keeps breaking

Here's the manufacturer's website

However, you should be seeking redress from the seller, not the manufacturer (if they're not the same firm).

What is this plant and what do I do now the stems are falling over?

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 07:58

Here's some pictures and info on collecting aquilegia seeds

Hope that helps


White slug like creatures

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 07:51

As it would be a really bad thing for Ana garcia to go around crushing every black beetle in her garden   here's a pic of a vine weevil

 Hope that helps.


Why did these plants die and what can I replace them with?

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 07:28

I think it may be a spruce of some kind - the pale coloured shoots are new growth which would normally turn a darker green as the season progressed.  But you said that they both then just died

We'll need to know more -

How long had they been planted?

What sort of compost are they in?

How often were they watered and/or fed?

Which way does the front of the house face?

Is it windy there?


Posted: 03/07/2015 at 07:11

Good morning all

Lovely day in the city with Wonky yesterday, shopping, lunch at Carluccio's, she had a hairdo, she bought me a lovely frock (I chose it, she insisted on paying) then back here to collect plants, pots and Dyson, then took her back to Ipswich, had a quick 10 mins looking at her garden and then back again here to flollop on the sofa. 

Only a tiny drop of rain all day and nothing overnight, and this morning we have bright blue skies

I've been very lucky with dentists

Now I'd better find out what everyone else got up to yesterday ...


Posted: 03/07/2015 at 07:00

Hi jinxygg

Tell us more about your garden, where it is, type of soil, aspect etc and maybe we can come up with some ideas for you

White slug like creatures

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 06:58

When we first moved here nearly four years ago we found that part of the garden had an infestation of vine weevils.  We treated that area with two applications of Nemasys Vine Weevil nematodes which has really dealt with most of the problem. 

We do still get an occasional occurrence, but haven't yet had to reapply the nematodes.  We've not used any other method of controlling them other than to encourage hedgehogs, frogs, toads and birds into the garden and of course they help by eating the adult weevils .

Good luck

Potential poisonous plant

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 10:47

Yes, I don't see that Trachelospermum will be a huge problem - if it had been Gelsemium I'd have suggested she got rid of it.

Normally I would be pretty sanguine about children and the majority of garden plants which may or may not have a degree of toxicity; however, having worked with youngsters with autism and/or severe learning difficulties and behavioural problems I understand just how careful you have to be with those who have a compulsion to eat unusual things.

Slug pellet removal...

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 10:19

It depends what sort they are - there are some that really aren't as dangerous to mammals/birds - they're the ones containing iron phosphate as the active ingredient rather than metaldehyde.  A child would have to consume a very large amount to become ill. 

However, that doesn't really help you as you don't know which they are. I'd just get some rubber gloves and pick them up - a bit tedious, but not an unpleasant task on a cool summer evening.

New to gardening and in need of help!

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 10:12

Hi Kirsten

Get well-rotted manure (you can buy it in bags from the garden centre) and it's not unpleasant - very little difference in appearance from ordinary compost.  Not smelly and your kids won't get covered in flies or unpleasant stuff

It would be good to post some pics of the garden on here (click on the green tree icon) and then we can tell you what you've got, what needs to happen to it and what you can plant that will go well with it

What an adventure

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