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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Naughty Frost!

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 17:15

They'll recover, but it'll set them back a bit. they could have done with being earthed up.  I'd do it now.  

Keep an eye on the weather forecasts and if there's a frost forecast and there's any greenery showing earth up some more and even pop some fleece or newspaper over. 

Early flowering plants for butterflies?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 16:44

Aubretia's very easy to control - so many things get labelled as invasive quite needlessly, all that's needed is a bit of gardening! 

What sort of butterfly is visiting your firepit?

Identify this bug?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 16:33

Ah - how interesting - do they usually come with the lump or is that a problem for it?

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 16:05

I use barley straw extract which is available at most aquatic centres and on the internet - I find it is very effective 

Powerdy Mildew on honeysuckle

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 16:03

It needs watering - in my experience honeysuckle develops powdery mildew when it it dry at the roots.  Although they are woodland plants, in the wild I find them in damp woodlands rather than dry ones.  Give it a good soaking, a large bucketful once a week. 

Ideas for hardy climber for the bottom of my garden

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 15:32

A honeysuckle would be lovely - there are several good ones to choose from - some of my favourites are Lonicera Belgica, L. Serotina  and Lonicera periclymen Graham Thomas - they all have beautiful scents.   Perhaps you have room for more than one.

Belgica flowers in the spring, Serotina flowers later, and both have gold/cream/pink flowers.  

Graham Thomas flowers through most of the summer and has white flowers which turn a lovely soft creamy gold.

They will all enjoy the conditions you describe - but give them a good chance - dig a good large hole and incorporate some organic matter - garden compost/manure or leaf mould and keep them well-watered in the first year - it will pay dividends  

Japanese Acer problem?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 14:53

Is this the sort of thing your seeing?

 These are the seeds of the Japanese acer.

Early flowering plants for butterflies?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 14:39

A great project - we're working on a similar approach in our garden - our Sweet Rocket is about to bloom and hopefully this will attract butterflies - we've already seen more this spring than last - but then of course it's been much warmer this year 

Lots of info here 


Posted: 05/05/2014 at 14:14

Hurrah!  Liatris spicata seeds sown on 30/4 have germinated   

Meant to start them off last autumn but somehow they got put in the wrong box 

Identify this bug?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 13:49

Isn't nature fascinating -  I get more pleasure watching the goings on in my new wildlife pond that from watching most of the stuff on the tv. 

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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