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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Lacy phacelia purple tansy everywhere. Cruelty to bees.

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 14:47

I couldn't do it either - just sit in the shade with a glass of something cool and enjoy watching the bees


So it's going to seed again ...... collect the seeds and send some to me

Opinions please

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 14:18

I wouldn't use anything on a lawn in this very hot dry weather.

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

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 14:14

They look to me as if they died of drought - if they were a bit pot-bound when you bought them (as they often are)  it may be that the roots never moved out into the compost in the pot and if the compost and roots were compacted, then when you watered the pots the water may not have penetrated into the rootball.

If you take them out of the pots now, are their roots spread out into the grey pots or are they still within a tight rootball?

Also, for permanent planting like that, I'd always use a loambased compost, John Innes No 3, rather than MPC .

Markings on hosta leaves

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 11:46

First prize goes to Wonky

Hostas aren't the only things in this household to get splattered with paint - doesn't seem a lot that I can do about it

id this caterpillar

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 11:43

Pansyface, that looks very like the ones here


Markings on hosta leaves

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 09:02

 I've recently moved the position of my Hosta undulata nearer to the outside tap and drain where it gets a bit more sun and it began to look much happier - however the other day I noticed these strange pinkish markings on some of the leaves. 

I suspect these to be the result of activity by Pictor 'domesticus'   any suggestions re action to take please?

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?

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Autumn colour

Photos of the autumn jewels in our gardens 
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Geum Totally Tangerine

It's got to be moved ... 
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Which Cornish Garden to visit in September?

If you could only choose one ........... 
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Winter container display

Stuck for ideas 
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Last Post: 12/09/2015 at 15:37

Shall we pool our piggy banks?

Or shall we stick with our seed swap? 
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Last Post: 20/08/2015 at 19:53

Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Shall we have to say goodbye ... 
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Last Post: 20/08/2015 at 08:10

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Monday 27th July 
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Foxglove 'Illumination Pink'

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ID please

Can't remember  
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Last Post: 17/07/2015 at 12:44

Flower ID please

Spring flower in Northern Brittany  
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Last Post: 10/07/2015 at 06:56

Sisyrinchium striatum

Aunt May 
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Last Post: 05/07/2015 at 10:10

The reason I'm not weeding

And it's not laziness ...  
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Last Post: 07/07/2015 at 09:35

Markings on hosta leaves

What can I do about this pest? 
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Last Post: 03/07/2015 at 12:41

Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Congratulations to you both ... 
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