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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Mowing steep lawns

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 07:21

I suppose it's out of the question to terrace the slope and plant it up?  Probably a bigger job than you want to tackle just yet ........ 


Posted: 02/06/2014 at 07:19

Good morning all  another lovely morning here in Norfolk 

Daisy, that sounds like a good Sunday's work to me - after all Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest 

I've just been sitting here with the door to the terrace open listening to a cuckoo calling very very close to here, either in one of our ash trees or in the NDN's hedge - I didn't move a muscle in case I disturbed it - it was so close that it woke OH who was sound asleep upstairs!

I wonder if it's the one called Chris that Chris Packham is tracking on Springwatch?  He said it was in Norfolk 43 miles from Minsmere - that would put it about here 

Bugs....what is munching my brassicas??

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 20:18

Have a check on those leaves, both sides, every day - if caterpillars eat the growing tip out of your brassicas you'll lose them.

Incredible luck

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 20:15

Thank you Jim - it took me back to when I had a garden running down to a stream, the other side of which was a water-meadow full of Lady's Smock - it was such a picture at this time of year and the butterflies were magical 

Petersham Open Gardens

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 20:09

ID Please

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 19:48


Gooseberry root

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 19:47

Pick every other gooseberry and use them for jam - leave the others to ripen.

Summer prune at the end of this month, shortening every sideshoot to 5 leaves - don't shorten the leaders. 

No plum blossom

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 19:35

Give it some Fish Blood and Bone (as directed on the pack) now and again in the autumn, mulch with garden compost or farm yard manure (making sure it doesn't touch the bark) and repeat in the autumn.  Make sure it doesn't dry out in hot dry spells.

Plums and other stone fruits should be pruned in mid-summer (so you were probably right when you pruned it) this avoids it getting the dreaded silver-leaf disease, but if it's a new young tree it probably doesn't need much if any pruning.


damsels in distress (or rather, in dis pond?!)

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 19:26

Steve, the red and blue damselflies are different species 

damsels in distress (or rather, in dis pond?!)

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 19:25

Didn't take any Nut - just sat transfixed 

One was a female Broad-bodied Chaser, the other didn't stay around long enough to identify. 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Hallowe'en Howlers

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Tree of the Year

Some wonderful photographs of wonderful trees 
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It's a mystery ....

Can you name this plant? 
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Bargain Roses

For a limited time only 
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Prepare for a heatwave!!!

It's not winter yet ....... 
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Recording the weather in your garden

Do you? 
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Complaints about change of time and cancellations 
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Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

All welcome ............who's coming? 
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If you're buying big pots ....

Beware of being offered stolen property 
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Grafting fruit trees

An art and a science 
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Reporting the Spanish slugs 
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Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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