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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Aye up - the other half wants a go!

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 12:54

Mmmm, I've had him nearly 19 years now, but it's only since we moved to this garden a couple of years ago that he got really interested - the sempervivums are because I bought some and put them on the terrace where he can see them from his studio window - the garlic is because ........................ no idea really, but he does like mediterranean food 

Help a complete novice with weeds!

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 12:42

It depends on what you want to replace the weeds with.  If you just have bare soil then weed seeds will germinate and you'll have weeds again.  

If you really don't want to do the dig and plant and weed thing, I'd suggest that you just mow the borders, right up to the fence and around the shrubby plants and let the lawn spread to the fence.  You can pull the weeds out of the base of the shrubs a couple of times a year so that they don't get totally overwhelmed.  

If you spray you'll just be left with dead plants which you'll have to dig/pull up, then you'll have bare soil and you'll have to decide what to do with it. 

Help – how do I stop insects biting me?

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 12:37

Buckets of standing water (and any other still water, even tiny amounts) will be housing hundreds and thousands of baby mosquitoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Empty the water out!

And before going out into the garden in the late afternoon/evening, use Avon's Skin So Soft dry oil spray - don't worry, I know you're a chap but even the Royal Marines use it by the tank load to repel mozzies when on manoeuvres on the west coast of Scotland. 



Aye up - the other half wants a go!

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 12:32

Hurrah!  You now have an Undergardener to be trained up 

What does a pond need for a good ecosystem

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 11:56

It's not arrived yet .................. it said on the web that it was usually despatched within a couple of days, and then when I got the there was a deliver day range stretching into May  

I may have to go the the GC and see if they have any 

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 11:54

Well, no excuse then ........... boundaries and consequences apply to adults as well as children!!! 

Glad your son had a lovely time and that you're still in one piece 


Posted: 19/04/2014 at 11:52

Japanese Knotweed doesn't wrap itself around things, so you can breathe more easily 

You might have bindweed in the garden - there are two sorts, the white flowered which is larger and the pink flowered which is smaller .  

Russian vine is a much larger plant 

If you post a pic of the offending weed we'll have a go at identifying it for you - to post a pic you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar ar the top of where you type your post, and follow the instructions.  Don't hesitate to ask if that's not clear 

Poisonous Plants

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 11:44

In my (long) experience loopy cats are the ones with brains - it's the dullards that have no intuition - they're like people in that way 

sick? Quercus Ilex

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 11:18

Although they're 'evergreen' holm oaks do lose their leaves and grow new ones, and this is the time of year for it to happen - the tree will stop losing leaves soon and the new ones will look much nicer too.  It's just what trees do. 

Talkback: Swifts

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 11:15

I heard swifts screaming overhead earlier in the week 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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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Plant in need of ID

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Hazels looking for a home

Free plants for Norfolk/North Suffolk gardeners 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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