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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Invisible something eating my roses

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 12:15

How tall is your fencing?  Have you seen how high deer can leap?


Posted: 08/06/2014 at 12:01

Just popped in to put the kettle on ....

Plants left by last owner

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 11:43

Hi Kassi 

The first one might be lemon verbena - do the leaves smell lemony?

The second is figwort - a wild plant but it often crops up in gardens - one of the first plants I learned to identify as a child so I'm quite fond of it - if you google it you'll find out lots of interesting stuff. 

Leather jackets

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 11:09

I think that works particularly well if you give the lawn a good soaking first.

At least your garden birds will be in for a good treat!

Good luck   


Posted: 08/06/2014 at 11:07
Percy-Grower wrote (see)

............ Is it just me, but when i read all your posts from earlier this morning by the time i get to the bottom of the page i forget what was said and who said it, all i remember is toast, Aberdeen, broomsticks, skeletons, fox, James and Hellebore seeds.........

Yep, that's me too  

I'm thinking about taking notes 

Fg, you have email 

Is mahonia invasive?

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 10:47

They will grow larger and spread a bit - as do most plants if they're happy where they are and we treat them nicely - if you heave them untended for 20 years in a good spot they might form a small thicket - I wouldn't call that invasive - in my humble opinion that's just 'growing'.



Posted: 08/06/2014 at 09:00

I agree with everyone else - it will recover - a bit of gentle fertiliser as Fg says, and if it doesn't spring into life a sprinkling of grass seed and in a few weeks all will be forgotten.

However, if your daughter is wise she'll use this opportunity to get her dad to do some more odd jobs around the garden while he's still feeling guilty - any fences need painting? 


Posted: 08/06/2014 at 08:52

BL - glad the day went so well for you   I hope you have the chance to put your feet up today - you must be 

Morning Fg and Verdun 

I forgot to say earlier, that last night turned out to be a real Springwatch night - not just the hedgehogs and the songthrush, but we were woken from a deep sleep in the early hours by a fox screaming right outside the front of our house - don't know what that was about - OH shot out of bed to have a look but our streetlights are turned off overnight so he couldn't see anything much in just the moonlight.  There's a whole other world happening out there when we're tucked up in our beds 

Purple/black spots on honeysuckle foliage

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 08:15

Hi, honeysuckle is pretty tough so hopefully yours will recover.

 I'm planting another in a very dry area under some trees - when I plant it I'm going to insert a plastic bottle 'funnel' like this 

 to enable me to direct water straight to the roots of the honeysuckle - I use this method for growing courgettes in raised beds and it gets the water right down to the roots instead of running off the surface of dry ground.

I  almost bury the bottle so that only a couple of inches is showing about the soil, so it's not too unsightly.


Posted: 08/06/2014 at 07:16

Better not thanks Fidget - I've promised the men I'll do them poached eggs on toast when they surface, so I'll have mine then - but no sounds from upstairs yet - but another coffee would be great! 

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Crown Prince squash???

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ID please

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Which beer is best? 
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Does anyone recognise this? 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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