Latest posts by Dovefromabove


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 21:16

 Here you are OL - Happy Birthday 

Strange Bird Behaviour

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 21:01

I've heard several reports of birds taking pungent foliage into their nests - I'm sure it's to try to keep insects away - maybe bird-brain isn't an insult after all 

What have I done?

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 17:59

Are you clicking on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post?  There's instructions there 


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 17:58

Oh, and I squirted Resolva at the weeds on the edge of the driveway 


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 17:57

Hello folks!  I've been in the garden all day!!!   Well, all day apart from popping back here to see what's going on occasionally.

I've mowed and edged both the lawns, tidied lots of bits up, looked at lots of things and pondered, dug out a bucketful of dandelions from the front lawn with a daisy grubber - about 2 sq yds worth , fed the back lawn with seaweed fertiliser, and some for the fig and various climbers and shrubs etc,, swept the terrace, tidied the hedgehog feeding stations,  sat and drunk coffee and looked at the pond a lot,  sat and drunk coffee and listened to the birds a lot, and pondered a lot more about places to plant things.

It's been lovely in the garden, overcast but mild - just how I like it   

Now OH is cooking Lamb Madras and Bombay Potatoes for the first time ever!!!!!! 

Apple tree against a wall

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 16:58

Hi Snoodle - Reads is a superb fruit nursery local to you and I, and their website is fantastic - they've just revamped it and included some great How To videos including one on espaliering apples and pears - have a look 

What have I done?

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 14:29

I like thunder  but rain during the day can be a nuisance 

Lawn help

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 14:28

I absolutely agree with Edd   There's no need for a new lawn - ours was much worse than yours when we moved in - I think the last owner only mowed once a year!!!

Apply a Weed & Feed type treatment according to instructions on the pack - mow once a week - initially on a high setting but as the lawn improves you can take it down a notch, but never mow short.  Two cuts a week are better than one which scalps the lawn.  That is when the weed seeds take hold. 

If you do that you'll have a lawn to be proud of by July - any queries come back to us 

What is this plant please?

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 14:12

I spent a lot of my childhood hoeing sugar beet fields by hand and there's a wild persicaria that loves those conditions - it's ingrained in my memory - there was a pull-out of arable weeds from the Farmers Weekly on the wall in the boot room! 

What have I done?

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 14:08

Well, as Steephill says - they can climb - but I'd have thought they'd have preferred something nearer ground level and a bit softer than those tough brittle laurel leaves.  Are we sure it's vine weevil damage? 

Any pics?

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Grafting fruit trees

An art and a science 
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Last Post: 16/09/2014 at 21:38


Reporting the Spanish slugs 
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Last Post: 07/09/2014 at 15:49

Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Last Post: 20/08/2014 at 06:41

Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Last Post: 19/08/2014 at 06:16

Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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Last Post: 13/08/2014 at 18:54


To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
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Last Post: 06/08/2014 at 22:45

Please put out a shallow dish of water!

Small mammals are not enjoying the heatwave 
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Last Post: 25/07/2014 at 08:27

Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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Last Post: 20/07/2014 at 14:46


How to get around the current problem .... 
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Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 22:02

Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

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Last Post: 22/07/2014 at 08:23

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Suggestions welcome 
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Last Post: 05/06/2014 at 21:07

Caterpillar ID

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Last Post: 04/06/2014 at 17:27

ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 14:09

Slug Pubs - research opportunity

Which beer is best? 
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Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 16:54

Plant in need of ID

Does anyone recognise this? 
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