Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Early flowering plants for butterflies?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 14:39

A great project - we're working on a similar approach in our garden - our Sweet Rocket is about to bloom and hopefully this will attract butterflies - we've already seen more this spring than last - but then of course it's been much warmer this year 

Lots of info here 


Posted: 05/05/2014 at 14:14

Hurrah!  Liatris spicata seeds sown on 30/4 have germinated   

Meant to start them off last autumn but somehow they got put in the wrong box 

Identify this bug?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 13:49

Isn't nature fascinating -  I get more pleasure watching the goings on in my new wildlife pond that from watching most of the stuff on the tv. 

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 13:45

Did anyone hear the Woman's Hour broadcast this morning on R4?  Part of it came from the Somerset Levels, talking about the ongoing impact on families and gratitude was expressed for all the help and support they are receiving from the rest of the country. 

Identify this bug?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 13:20

It looks to me like one of the Ichneumon wasps but I'm not an expert - hopefully someone else will know more than me - and no idea what the lump is - Ichneumons are parasitic wasps, is this one being parasitised in it's turn?  

You could try posting a pic on here and seeing what they come up with.


Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:59

Payoff from the Venice trip Doc - you'll have to take here there again 

Busy Lizzie Blight

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:54

Hi Susiejenny 

A strain of impatiens called New Guinea Hybrids has been developed which is highly resistant to the mildew which affects Busy Lizzies and they provide lots of good colour and are happy in shade. 


New lawn project - where to start?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:51

Hi Aalindo   Sincere congratulations on completing a self-build !!!  Deep admiration from here !!!

Can you post us some pictures of your plot to give us some idea of what you've got to play with - to post a picture on here you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions. 

Rejuvenating an old rosemary

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:18
It won't divide, and by their nature they're not tidy plants. Some cultivars are more sprawly, some are more upright than others. Miss Jessup's Upright is the most tidy one I know, but it grows quite tall.

Do you know which one you have? If it's one of the sprawly ones you might be fighting a losing battle.

Also they're not long-lived plants. I find the best plan is to take cuttings and replace the plant when it gets too straggly.

weed or plant?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 11:49

It used to be carried as a good luck charm - possibly it would be considered good luck to have a quick death rather than a long-drawn-out one which years ago would inevitably have been painful and unpleasant. 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Recording the weather in your garden

Do you? 
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Last Post: 28/09/2014 at 14:37

Gardener's World discussed on Points of View

Complaints about change of time and cancellations 
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Last Post: 26/09/2014 at 06:36

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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Last Post: 20/09/2014 at 10:10

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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