Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Can anyone ID this pond insect for me?

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 10:52

I think it's an immature form of one of the Diving beetles, possibly Gt Diving Beetle.  They take quite a while to transmogrify in several stages from the larvae to the mature beetle.

Garden Ponds...

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 10:49

Nothing to do with a garden pond - will someone please tell Jeremy Vine to stop trying to stir up  trouble

Garden Ponds...

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 10:44

Yes, you have to try to cover all eventualities and have eyes in the back of your head - that being said, my brother and I grew up on a farm with a large farmyard pond 25 yards from our front door and a moat on three sides.  Our doors had bolts at the top when we were small and they were always on as one of my favourite things was to drag the big grandfather chair to the window and climb on it to see what was going on outside (nosey??? Moi??? )

There but for the grace of God (whoever he or she may or may not be) go all parents.

Tulips in cold weather

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 09:33

My Darwin type tulip leaves are only about 4" out of the ground at the moment!

Garden Ponds...

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 09:08

I read that it was a holding tank for a stock of koi kept by the previous owner/landlord who had sold fish commercially.  It should obviously have been secured or drained and filled.

I cannot stand JV - his whole programme appears to function on the premise that it's good to stress and upset people and make them anxious.  If he can make them cry it makes his day. 

Rescuing my grass?

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 08:50

No, don't use it on newly sown grass ... and don't use it just before sowing grass seed either.

It ought to say on the pack (or look on the manufacturer's website) for how long you have to leave it before sowing.


Verdun -

Verdun wrote (see)

ha ha.  I have found grass seed will germinate at lower temps than that Dove.  Prob soil is that much warmer.  I have sown seed in winter.  Sowing now will be fine 

You're skim reading again I said 'soil temperature' ..... and it's all right for you in balmy Cornwall - our Questioner is in 'North Scotland' - allowances have to be made


HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 08:44

Pdoc - are you thinking of those gold hotpants again?

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 08:01

Morning Wonky   Hope today is better than you expect it to be ((hugs))


Birds love hanging baskets

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 07:58

I spent one happy spring at work watching blackbirds pulling coir from the liners in the manger-type baskets on the wall opposite my desk - every year I mean to buy some coir liners just to put out for the birds to use.

I'll get some next time I go to the garden centre.

Steve, have a couple of spare liners especially for the birds and fix them to a fence or somewhere in a quiet corner where it doesn't matter - maybe they'll use them instead of the ones you're using

Rescuing my grass?

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 07:54

And I didn't see either of you

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