Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Problem With Pear Tree

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:19

I agree with Pansyface - I think it's probably a combination of the spray and the frost so don't panic - it will survive 

I use Ecover washing up liquid when spraying against aphids etc, at the sort of strength I'd use for ordinary washing up - I've not noticed any damage yet. 

Limp hebe

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:15

It depends how much of the root they've eaten - take it out of the pot - remove all compost, wash the roots gently and repot in fresh compost - put it somewhere shady and cross your fingers.  

weed or veg?

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:12

It doesn't look like the ragwort I used to pull from our pastures - the texture is more angular - but there are several different varieties - ragwort is poisonous to livestock even when dead - in fact more so - so if pulling it up it's best burnt if there's any livestock around.

Identification of a yet another weed

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:09

Looks like red campion to me at this stage - perfect hedgerow plant - I'm sowing some this year in our little wilderness - we've got white campion there already - loved by the pollinating insects - I'd just thin it out and transplant some away from the roots of the hedge. 

eating nibbled radish

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:05

Should work as long as it's not too warm in there - let us know how you get on.  

OH brought me a bunch of radishes home from the farm shop yesterday - we sat and nibbled them in the evening with some seasalt and Lincolnshire Poacher cheese - who needs chocolate? 

Russian Tarragon

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:01

French tarragon is the one you want in your garden to use in the kitchen - the thing is it doesn't set seed so you need to buy a plant - it's also a bit less hardy than the Russian one - nevertheless mine has come through the last two winters with only minimal protection. 

Russian tarragon can be  used medicinally - my Russian DIL tells me that it's good for 'well-being, anxiety and stress' but can also be used in salads and for cooking - it just has more of a bitter after-taste than the French variety. She is perfectly happy to use the Russian type rather than the French - the Russians are a proud nation 

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 06:49

I find the straw extract really good - totally wildlife friendly and helps create a healthy balance in the water - our pond was only dug this spring and already we have lots of wildlife living and breeding in there - if you scroll up to the pic of our pond you'll see 

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Posted: 08/05/2014 at 06:42

Good morning Chicky - I think the only thing I miss about work was some plants I looked out for on my route   Have a good day 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 06:39

Gorgeous pics folks! Lots of inspiration there - thanks for sharing   


Posted: 08/05/2014 at 06:20

Good morning all  

Dry out at the moment and the lowest temp overnight was 10.1C  

Hefty and friends have eaten all their supper and nearly emptied the water bowl.  

The sky looks a bit overcast and the Met Office is talking about heavy rain starting soon and staying for most of the day - that'll be my water butts full too then - must look on the bright side 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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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To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
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Please put out a shallow dish of water!

Small mammals are not enjoying the heatwave 
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Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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How to get around the current problem .... 
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Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

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A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Suggestions welcome 
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Caterpillar ID

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ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Slug Pubs - research opportunity

Which beer is best? 
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