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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Fruit tree walk way

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 07:33

I would use posts and wires either side of the walkway.

The planting distance between the trees depends on their rootstock and how large your trees are going to grow, but they can be planted just a few feet apart - they don't need to be as far apart as standard fruit trees in an orchard. 

What is eating my foxglove?

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 07:12

Wood pigeons in gardens seem to focus on one or two plants that they can tear the leaves of, and young foxglove leaves are very tearable - that looks just like the damage wood pigeons do to broccoli and fields of oilseed rape. 

Hang some old DVDs or bits of silver foil or plastic streamers from canes around them for a while - it won't look pretty but the wood pigeons will move on to something else.  

They've taken the growing tip out of that foxglove, but it will send up some flowering spikes from sideshoots, so all is not lost. 


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 07:07

Oooh yes, in the garden border - such very pretty things - they'll self-seed too so you'll have some next year too - mix them up with other cottage garden plants, you'll have a picture 

Dying Fir Trees

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 06:44

Hi Brian 

Most of the gardeners on this forum are based in the UK, so will have quite different conditions to those you experience.  However, I've done a bit of research online and it appears that you're not the only person in the northern US losing fir trees like this. 

The author of that article says that he welcomes queries from readers, and gives his email address at the foot of the page - can I suggest that you contact him and see if the problems you have are the ones he has written about.

Good luck and let us know how you get on.  

Hang out the washing

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 06:33

When we had a smaller garden (well, a tiny back yard really, no bigger than our dining room) we had a similar problem - we made a circular paved patio with a hole in the centre for the leg of the rotary drier - when it was not being used it was taken down and put in the shed, otherwise the garden couldn't be used.  As I said, it was a small garden and the washing did occasionally get 'involved' with the runner beans, but we managed to keep the rambling rose away from our undies.

Now we have a bigger garden which had the usual linen posts and line across the lawn.  We've removed this and had a sturdy post with a metal ring incorporated in the fencing - two of these are fixed to the house wall, and when the lines aren't being used they are retracted and we can use the whole garden without being garotted.  The only thing we had to consider when planning the rest of the garden was the siting of large shrubs, so they're not too close to where the washing lines are when they're in use.

Hope that gives you some ideas 


What is eating my foxglove?

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 06:15

Any wood pigeons around?


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 06:14

Depends how big your casserole is - if it's smallish get them now - if it's bigger wait a few weeks - there will be more of them 

Monty Don's Blue Cotton Gardening Jacket

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 21:43

Don't know if these are the ones, but they're similar 


Posted: 25/04/2014 at 21:30

Really enjoyable GW this evening.  Loved the erythroniums - I have one - I need more - also loved  the alpines 

What is this larvae?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 21:19

I don't know, I don't recall ever seeing those - I'm just wondering whether they're larvae of New Zealand Flatworms - I've never seen those either but googling brings up some similar looking creatures.  

As Nut says - take the plants back. 

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