Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:47

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:29

Yes, for some strange reason cats find both anti-freeze and diluted Jeyes Fluid almost irresistible - apparently they taste sweet - many vets will confirm having treated cats poisoned by it, either deliberately or accidentally  - it contains phenol as do other disinfectants which turn milky when mixed with water - and is lethal to cats. 


Aphids particularly bad this year?

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:12

Perki, have a warm sudsy bath - that'll get rid of them............



Tree/car/everything covered in tiny bugs

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 17:06
Tom.C wrote (see)

They have 6 legs not 8, the front things are the antennae

If it was 8 legs I wouldn't get nearly as close! lol

Must stop using my old glasses 


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 17:05

I finished potting on the toms and courgettes and they're in the mini greenhouse, but then got rained off in the garden so I got the washing in off the line and flattened it with that electric thingy .

I think I'll bring the plants indoors overnight for the next week - until after the forecast cold snap is over.

Any Lemon Drizzle Cake left?


Red beetles on lilies

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 16:57
Fishy65 wrote (see)..............Does anyone know of any natural predators for these beetles?.....


Another one bites the dust!!!



Posted: 29/04/2014 at 16:14

We're friends on here - we can disagree, but there's never any need to argue 

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 16:06

Jeyes Fluid will kill cats in a very painful and unpleasant way - I'm glad you've stopped using it to keep them away from your garden.

I find that a well-aimed water pistol works, now that I'm at home during the day to use it. 

Pear Tree problems

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 16:04

 Is it Cuckoo Spit?  

White foam with little green froghoppers inside.  Nothing to do with cuckoos or frogs as is explaned in the link. 

It ought not to do any damage to a healthy tree - encourage bluetits and longtailed tits to your garden and they'll get rid of them for you. 



Posted: 29/04/2014 at 15:35

We have a Chapelwood hedgehog house and every winter a hedgehog  uses it, but we don't investigate until after they've woken up  in the spring - when we clean it out and pop a bit of  bedding back to make it feel like home again.  So we don't know whether it's used by Hefty or one of the other regulars.  The garden was so overgrown when we moved here that the ivy had pulled the fences down and we had to clear a lot of undergrowth to get new fences put up - now we're busy planting more 'undergrowth' for the hedgehogs and birds, but in the meantime we feel responsible for providing them with some accommodation 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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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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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