Latest posts by Dovefromabove

growing trees in pots outside

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 06:43

Hi cwalker 

Just to say, if your photo doesn't upload try reducing it's size 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 06:35

Good morning / G'day all 

Hope all are well and that travel plans are going smoothly, sleep has been had, etc etc etc. 

BL ((hugs)) my thoughts are with your friend and her husband and all who love her - tough times 

Theres a spattering of raindrops on the window this morning ... We shall see what the day brings ...

Can someone ID please

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 20:55

Yes, a female Holly Blue 

Females have the black edges around the fore wings

Where have the April showers gone?

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:27

Here in Norfolk the oaks are in full leaf but the ash tree buds are still black and sealed shut.  We've had no real rain for months now.  I'm watering most days and topping the pond up.  

Plant ID please

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 18:56

You may well be right Hosta    (you usually are ) ... my echinops is more of a blue/green than that, but colour on the internet is notoriously unreliable.  

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 18:46

Hosta, what a transformation!!!!   Last year it was sort of dowdy and tired with overgrown bits ... but full of potential .......... and WOW!!!  

As for our favourite West Country B&B ........ we're keeping that secret .... you know what it's like, once you discover a wonderful place and tell folks about it and the following year it's full of Emmets and Grockles 

Difference between potting mix and compost

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 18:16

I do use seaweed liquid as a foliar feed, spraying it onto shrubs.  

If we had enough worm casts here I might gather some to use for small seeds, but really - you'd need so many it'd be ridiculous trying to gather them.  The soil here is fine - no need for rock dust.   

I hope it doesn't sound rude, but I think you really need to stop reading about it and start doing it ... learn by observation and experience ... it's the only way to learn 

Weed ID and treatment

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 18:09

It's a thistle - in the absence of Winnie the Pooh's friend Eeyore, get a garden fork, insert it a couple of inches away from the centre of the plant and as deep as you can and levering gently, ease it out of the ground trying not to break it's long tap root which may regrow if left in the ground. If the soil is very dry tip a bucket full of water over it the day before to soften the soil. 

Alternatively give it it a shot of Roundup Spray. 

Last edited: 23 April 2017 18:09:45

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 17:56
DyersEnd says:

I have serious nightingale envy now 

Dove, will give N Cornwall your love if you'll do the same for me in September, we sometimes go in the Autumn too. A couple of weeks (months?) ago you and Hosta were discussing Delabole and Setters and I had to smile. We went once and I asked how on earth they had such a big menu. Answer was 'we have a massive freezer'. It's long since closed down - can't think why.  ....

 Will do Dyers

It was, quite seriously, the worst place I've ever been ... not just the food but the service by the proprietors and the place in general - the chairs had pools of water in the seats which we had to ask to be dried.  No idea why we didn't walk out there and then .......... they didn't just have a big menu, they also had a permanently pinging microwave - my duck in honey sauce was welded to the plate - OH's fish was raw.  We were very hungry but even so ... we were the only people in there for the whole time we were there.   That time we were staying in a cottage between Delabole and Boscastle.  We've stayed all over Cornwall and Devon usually in very rural spots, but nowadays we usually stay in St Ives.

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