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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

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! 


Posted: 08/06/2014 at 07:14

Oooh yes please Fidget - I'll have another one 

It's a lovely morning here again - wall to wall blue skies - I sat out late in the garden again, watching the hedgehogs scurrying around and listening to a song thrush singing nearby - I've not seen one around here but it's good to know they're around - maybe it'll come into this garden one day 

grape vine

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 06:58

As ChrissieB says, pruning the vine is all-important if it is to produce grapes - lots of info here .

Reads are one of the best fruit nurseries there is - they supply various varieties of grapes - if you do need to replace yours you couldn't do better than to buy from them and seek their advice.

I have no relationship with them other than as a very satisfied customer. 

Can anybody identify these?

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 21:35
nutcutlet wrote (see)

The top one look like an ash tree Stu

The bottom one is a treeas well, maybe a cherry.

Both BIG

Nutcutlet was absolutely correct - that is definitely an ash tree. 

Potato flowers

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 21:22

Thank for your kindness folks - I think ignoring rudeness is the best way to keep things pleasant here 


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 21:12

Hello folks   We've had a simply splendid day  

We had some heavy rain on our journey south, but while I was with the Aged Ps (both fine and happy) the sun came out, and by the time OH, friend and I had finished our plaice and chips in the Lord Nelson, the sun was out, temperatures were climbing, it must've been nearly 30C and eating ice cream and laying on the beach was all that was possible. 

We lay on the beach until after 5pm - couldn't believe the time - it was still so warm. We drove along the track beside the harbour with the top down before coming home. 

I eventually summoned up the energy to concoct a summer vegetable, goat cheese and pasta thing which we ate out on the terrace, washed down with some rosé, watching some newly fledged blackbirds exploring the undergrowth at the back of the pond. 

Now I'm on the sofa noodling with you lot while the men wash up.
An especially good thing about today was bumping into an old friend and former neighbour up from Devon for the weekend - what a lovely coincidence 



Posted: 07/06/2014 at 10:11

Oooooh!  Big rolls of thunder up above   but it's not raining .......... at the moment 


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 09:52

It does look gorgeous doesn't it? 


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 09:43

Keep your head down Chicky - if you could use all the rain up before it gets to us I'd be very grateful   Hmm, can't make the winky smiley work

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