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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Woodland plant id's please

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 06:32

The word 'weed' is an Old English one which meant 'grass' or 'herb', but in the Middle Ages its meaning changed to a plant that was growing where it was not wanted.  I suppose that was when farming really took off and a field full of barley would have been referred to as 'barley' whereas the other plants growing there unwanted would have been referred to generally as 'weeds' and that's how the meaning changed. 

I find etymology fascinating. 


Posted: 14/05/2014 at 06:18

I need another one too MrsG  - I've made a pot


tiny bugs on yucca plant

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 06:16

I suspect that they're aphids of one sort or another.  They suck the sap and weaken the plant and they keep breeding so there are more and more.

You can mix up a weak solution of washing up liquid and water and spray them - you'll probably have to do it a few times but it usually gets rid of them.  

If there's a lot you can brush the worst of them off before you spray - either with your fingers or if you're squeamish with a soft brush, then spray the ones that are left.

S.O.S baby bird

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 06:08

Fingers crossed! 

Dark pond water

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 06:06

I think it sounds as if it's behaving normally - wildlife ponds have all sorts of 'stuff' in them -  I think that we get so used to seeing garden ponds with filters etc, that we forget what a 'wild' pond looks like.  


Posted: 14/05/2014 at 06:03

Good morning all   The moon was very large. Great picture. 

Temp quite low overnight, 5.1C but the sun is out and there's not a cloud in the sky and the temperature is rising now - a gardening day lies ahead.  I shall make the most of it as I'm leaving very early tomorrow to spend a day at an auction down south somewhere with son. 


Posted: 13/05/2014 at 21:40

Falling asleep now ................. see you in the morning folks - sweet dreams everyone 

Message from Mike

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 21:37

Thank you Fishy - it's good to know he's on the mend now - and if the surgery was more extensive than expected hopefully that should mean that they've got it all, so  I think that's positive. 

If you're able to, please pass on our warmest ((hugs)) and positive thoughts and say we're looking forward to being able to chat with him and benefit from his knowledge and experience   Please thank Amanda for her message. 

Is this russian vine ?

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 21:33

I've been using Resolva for the past couple of years and it seems effective on most things.  I'd spray it directly onto the Russian Vine - if there's other plants about you can screen them with a piece of cardboard box.  You can get a weedkiller with glyphosate in it that you can paint on but I'm not sure what it's called - if you ask at the garden centre someone will know the one I mean I'm sure. 

As soon as the spray has dried it's not harmless to people/animals etc, and it will do no damage to the soil. 

Is this russian vine ?

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 21:15

Looks like it to me.  Bruise the leaves then spray with a glyphosate weedkiller and wait until it's died right back before pulling it up.  It may take two or three goes. 

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