Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Platn ID - mysterious climber, springing up all over the garden (photos)

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 15:29

Bindweed - probably the one with the big white flowers.  Don't pull or dig it up as every piece of root left in the soil will grow.  Just bruise the leaves and treat with glyphosate then leave until it dies down totally.  That will show that the glyphosate has travelled back to the roots.  

You may have to keep your eyes open every year and treat any invading shoots  coming in from other gardens - but when we moved into our last place the bindweed was up to the eaves on the single storey extension and we got rid of it by doing just as I've advised. 


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 15:26

I'm a very happy Dove   The Under gardener said that he would shovel and barrow all the topsoil to fill my two new raised beds   and while he was doing it he found a toadlet    it is now in the little wilderness under a large piece of broken flowerpot - this garden is amazing 

We've also been accompanied by a young blackbird who isn't at all wary of humans and is grabbing every opportunity to take a late lunch if we uncover something tasty.

Plant ID

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 15:22

You can use the petals of Calendula in cooking - they look beautiful on a salad, or you can use them to colour rice etc like saffron.

And if you feed the petals to chickens you get really deep golden yolks in their eggs 

What plant is this please?

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 14:13

Pretty sure those ones are annuals - but not totally certain - I always pull them up in the autumn - they self-seed pretty reliably 

What plant is this please?

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 13:56

They're related to the opium poppy, and will probably have double frilly pinky plum coloured flowers with dark blotches at the base of the petals.  You can dry the seedheads for winter decoration. 


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 13:55

The tree is an elder.  The insects are aphids.  

Ladybirds and bluetits deal with the aphids in this garden, or you can use an organic spray or mix up a weak solution of Ecover washing up liquid and spray them with that.

However, I don't think they'll do much harm to your elder tree and they'll provide food for baby birds.  I'd leave them alone. 

What plant is this please?

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 13:52

They can vary, up to 2-3ft high and the same across depending on the space they have, sunlight and soil, but in poor conditions they don't grow anything like as big as that.  

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Posted: 25/05/2014 at 13:26

Great to see them Peat B

What plant is this please?

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 13:24

They look like ornamental poppy seedlings

Plant identity?

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 13:17

Can we see more of how it is growing please?  The whole plant 

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