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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

plant / weed id please

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 07:48

I don't think that's feverfew - I think the the leaflets of feverfew are broader and shorter. 

But I'm not convinced its cow parsley either - it just isn't quite right - but cow parsley has lots of similar relatives. 

Have a look at the leaf stems - if they have a groove or channel running along the upper surface then it's likely to be cow parsley Anthriscus sylvestris. 

I'd be more convinced if I could crush the leaves and smell it.  I spent my childhood picking armsfull of cow parsley for our pet rabbits.



Posted: 01/02/2015 at 07:26

Oh, and a Pinch and a Punch for you all - white rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits


Posted: 01/02/2015 at 07:26

Good morning folks   Absolutely tipping it down out there this morning - there's no way I'm going out in my jimjams to check the thermometer

snow drops

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 07:22

 as advertised in February's Gardeners World Magazine - single snowdrops £5 for 50

I think that's a very reasonable price - other varieties available.

Worm infestation in grass

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:40

Great minds think alike Verdun ...

Worm infestation in grass

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:27

I would just leave the lawn until the weather is dryer and then scatter the casts with a besom or rake. 

You should try to keep off the lawn in the winter - walking on lawns in the winter just leads to compaction and drainage problems. 

Having a healthy population of worms in your lawn will help to keep the soil aerated and aid drainage, so you're lucky to have them. 

Some tips here that may help

Fig tree is out of control

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:12

Are you sure that you can't remove this tree if that's what you want to do?  My understanding of the law is that in a Conservation Area, permission is required for the felling, pruning or lopping of any tree (including fruit trees) with a trunk greater than 7.5cm in diameter, that measurement to be taken at a height of 1.5m above ground level. 

Is the fig tree that big?

However, I love fig trees and I'm sure you can rejuvenate yours if that's what you want to do. 

I would pick out half a dozen branches that could by stretching your imagination be seen to form a fan shape, and remove the rest - but don't remove them all this winter - do half this winter and half next. 

You'll find a clearer explanation here

scroll down to Renovation Pruning.

Also have a look and see if the roots are constricted - hopefully they are as this encourages the tree to produce fruit. 

Alan 4711 is a forum member who is really into figs, and takes loads of cuttings - hopefully he'll see this post and tell you how to do that


Posted: 31/01/2015 at 16:53

Mad spaniel - then it has to be a Welsh Springer.

If she just wants Mad then you need an Irish Setter - son has always wanted one as it's the only dog he's ever seen run right across a football pitch sideways


Posted: 31/01/2015 at 16:23

 Just for Pdoc


Posted: 31/01/2015 at 15:49

It could well be a curlew AWB.  Other possibilities are whimbrels and godwits -  they're more unusual but we get them overwintering here on the east coast

My garden has been absolutely full of birds all day - all the usuals this morning plus a pair of jays. 

This afternoon has been quite unusual - despite heavy rain we've had three pairs of blackbirds scrapping over chopped apple.  They've also been pulling up moss from the terrace and digging around in the pots of bulbs looking for worms  A robin has been bathing in the birdbath, also in the rain. and also out there in the rain have been a pair of bluetits, stuffing their faces on the suet/insect block.  There have also been two pairs of woodpigeon and a stock dove, and there's a collared dove sitting up in the branches of the biggest ash tree, watching everyone.

Usually when it's raining all the birds take cover, but not this afternoon.

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ID please

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Flower ID please

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Markings on hosta leaves

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Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Congratulations to you both ... 
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ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
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Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
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