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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Bumble Bees

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 06:43

Some different types of bumble bees nest in different types of places, eg. the tree bumble bee - however it sounds as if yours might be the Hairy footed flower bee, (which isn't a bumble bee) - if often nests in soft mortar.

Lots of info here and you can contact them for advice if you need to


Don't Panic.

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 06:39

So right Mike   I've been watching a newly fledged family of blue tits in and out of the clematis and roses, feasting on my aphids 

I also saw three pairs of ladybirds, all busy making more ladybirds, so I think the balance of Nature has been achieved for this summer at least - fingers crossed. 

Raising a lawn

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 06:34
gbr2909 wrote (see)

Like i said...looking to RAISE the lawn and then installation of fake turf................


Dave Morgan understood your question perfectly and he explained what will happen if the drainage isn't sorted out - the water to make the mud will come from below - the water table is obviously near the surface and just putting soil on top will not solve your problem it will make it worse. 

If your neighbours' flagging has not been properly installed with drainage it is probably contributing to the flooding in your garden.

 I have seen 'astroturf' lifted because of a rising water table and float away in flooding.  It will be worthwhile doing the preparation properly and as Mike says,you could put in shingle and sand  which will drainage. 

However, I would seek advice from a specialist company regarding laying the turf as you obviously have drainage problems. 


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 06:16

Good morning all   didn't get to sleep until midnight - head kept working on rearranging some of the garden - but of course I was wide awake at 5.30 as usual 

It's another gorgeous morning and the temperature is climbing again here in the east   

I'm sorry for any of you in the west who's rain is arriving early, but remember those days the other week when you were basking in sunshine and I had my thermals on?  We;re due a bit more sun now 


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 06:04

We need to identify the type of beetle - can you tell us more about it and perhaps take a picture.  To post a picture on here you click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions. 


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 06:01

Dig them out or treat them with Brushwood Killer then dig them out. 

Plant ID for wildflower

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 19:22


Posted: 18/05/2014 at 19:07

That reminds me - we need to get a weight thingy to hold the bottom of the parasol - we've managed without one for 3 summers so far, but it's a bit precarious when the wind blows - don't know whether to grab the parasol or the wine - sorry, that's not true, I know exactly which one to grab 

Plant ID for wildflower

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 19:04

I can't really see the leaves 

Planting under Magnolia

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 19:03

Cyclamen hederifolium would be very happy there.  Cyclamen coum also.   

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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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Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Yes, that soon!!! 
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World Naked Gardening Day

Did you participate? 
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Decision of the day

..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Result of RHS Survey 
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Planning planting combinations

Your suggestions? 
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