London (change)
Today 16°C / 13°C
Tomorrow 18°C / 10°C


Latest posts by Dovefromabove

who/what has been eating my Red Robin leaves?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 10:04

I've used Nemasys Vine Weevil nematodes with good results. 

Info here


Posted: 04/03/2015 at 09:49

Hurrah!  Here you all are   Thanks to Daniel and the team

Still jolly chilly here but they're promising us better things to come - I've got a busy day today as am visiting Aged Ps to help them celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary

pop goes the weasel

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 18:54

Weasels do amazing things


Posted: 03/03/2015 at 18:50

Hello Debby

I'm on the sofa, stuffed with a very good Pizza Express pizza and chicory salad - now watching Eggheads while OH washes up

Hostafan, glad your OH got the major part of that soil shifted - hope you're both going to sit on the sofa with your feet up now

No idea about David's question - I thought there were several major cities in the world that are now in negative population growth ....  but that's not the same as an 'annual zero birth rate' ...... the answer that comes to mind is Vatican City

Lilies & Cats

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 17:27

I think that nowadays there's so much information out there that responsible owners will find the information they need - all they have to do is buy a book on cat ownership or log onto a website for the same and learn about what they're doing - just as keen gardeners visit this site and other gardening websites and buy magazines and books. 

A few seconds' googling came up with with this   - which reveals it's not just lilies, but amaryllis, cyclamen and poinsettia as well. Our garden's been full of cyclamen for years but as far as I'm aware the neighbours' cats who all visit us have only been poisoned by anti-freeze (not ours I hasten to add!)

There is of course no accounting for the irresponsible or know-it-all cat owners who don't find out how to look after their pets, but I'm afraid that's one of the facts of life.

I hope it doesn't appear that I'm anti cats - I'm not - as I've said before I love cats and have owned (or been owned by) many wonderful cats.  I don't want other people's cats in my garden, but that's another matter.  On this thread I just think we should remember that life is dangerous - breathing is bad for us - it causes oxiditave stress on our body cells and results in aging and death - eventually.

Just because something might harm our pets it's not everyone else's responsibility - the onus is on the pet owner.

Lilies & Cats

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 15:07

Should every shopkeeper selling a bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk, or even worse, Fruit & Nut, warn the purchaser not to feed it to dogs as it may make them ill?

cold callers

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 14:19
Debby wrote (see)

Apparently if they are doing a survey and not directly offering to sell or supply something, they do not have to check the TPS list, but I did discover that they get a black mark against them if they have to disconnect the call, apparently if you swear or put the phone down this is to be expected !, so if someone calls and asks if they are speaking to Mr or Mrs so and so or the lady/man of the house just respond with " no but hang on a minute ill get them for you ", put the phone on the side and carry on with what you were doing, after a couple of minutes they disconnect and the calls seem to now be very rare. 

I explain that I used to work in marketing (I did for a while) and I know that the results of surveys are used in marketing - the results are either commissioned by a company who wants to sell something, or they are sold on.  I ask them to prove to me and the TPS that their survey will not be used to market anything ... they have always hung up.


Posted: 03/03/2015 at 14:10
punkdoc wrote (see)

Hopefully an Audi A1. It will be nice to have room for compost and stuff in the boot, but whether that compensates for not having a soft top, well that's another matter.

I've not driven one of those, but they do look as if they'd be quite fun to drive

I do enjoy driving - one of the first jobs I had after passing my test atg 17 was in the office of a garage where the owner and mechanics were real petrol heads and Hot Rod Drivers - they souped up a Morris 1000 for me to drive - loved leaving the lads standing when the lights turned green .  The boss had a TVR Tuscan - he sometimes let me drive it - still the best-sounding engine in the world IMHO

Electrics in a Greenhouse

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 13:23

Hello Frank - good to see you

We'd noticed you'd gone AWOL and were just a little bit anxious ......


Posted: 03/03/2015 at 13:21

What are you hoping to get Pdoc?  Not anything too sensible I hope

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Shall we pool our piggy banks?

Or shall we stick with our seed swap? 
Replies: 1    Views: 192
Last Post: 20/08/2015 at 19:53

Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Shall we have to say goodbye ... 
Replies: 19    Views: 492
Last Post: 20/08/2015 at 08:10

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Monday 27th July 
Replies: 123    Views: 2923
Last Post: 28/07/2015 at 20:16

Foxglove 'Illumination Pink'

Replies: 6    Views: 289
Last Post: 22/07/2015 at 12:15

ID please

Can't remember  
Replies: 5    Views: 327
Last Post: 17/07/2015 at 12:44

Flower ID please

Spring flower in Northern Brittany  
Replies: 11    Views: 359
Last Post: 10/07/2015 at 06:56

Sisyrinchium striatum

Aunt May 
Replies: 2    Views: 184
Last Post: 05/07/2015 at 10:10

The reason I'm not weeding

And it's not laziness ...  
Replies: 11    Views: 451
Last Post: 07/07/2015 at 09:35

Markings on hosta leaves

What can I do about this pest? 
Replies: 5    Views: 233
Last Post: 03/07/2015 at 12:41

Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
Replies: 36    Views: 1071
Last Post: 25/06/2015 at 19:10


Congratulations to you both ... 
Replies: 28    Views: 869
Last Post: 21/06/2015 at 19:25

ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
Replies: 19    Views: 591
Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 15:20

I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
Replies: 12    Views: 451
Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:15

Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
Replies: 7    Views: 371
Last Post: 11/06/2015 at 19:34

Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
Replies: 15    Views: 499
Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:09
1 to 15 of 130 threads