Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 19:41

We've been busy   .. OH has moved the little garden shed along a bit which makes all the difference to the way the garden looks ... now it needs painting before it gets honeysuckle and clematis clambering up it and the fence. Some time soon (when we get around to it) we'll put up a little pergola at the end of the path that goes past the shed to the seat in the corner of the garden ........... it's all coming together now  

I've also sown my Morning Glory seeds and done some more pricking out and potting on. Watering has also been high on the agenda as some of the bigger herbaceous perennials in the sunny bed began to flag ... I took the spray bit off the end of the hose and just left it to trickle on the bed for a good while ... then put the seeper hose  on the Shady Bank to give the clematis and honeysuckles there a good drink. I'll do the west facing border tomorrow morning before the sun gets around that side of the house.

While we were out there we were joined by a blackbird and a robin, helping themselves to the grubs and worms we disturbed as well as the last of the live mealworms from the bag in the bottom of the fridge (from Amazon). There were also several recently fledged bluetits from our nest box, learning to navigate the garden ... such fun watching them  

And of course, considerable time was spent laying on our tums looking into the pond watching our pond snails and frogs 

Now we're stuffed full of Chinese takeaway 

Can anyone identify this plant/ivy?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 16:55

Well, I'll certainly keep an eye on mine but so far it's been remarkably well-behaved 

Deer eating roses?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 16:53

Get up early, first light, just as the blackbirds start to sing, and look out of your window ... have your camera primed and set ready ............ then show us the culprits 

Red Mason bees

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 15:52

I think that they're probably mining bees rather than the mason bees you had before. 

I'm sure that both they and the bank will be fine ... enjoy watching them 

Last edited: 14 May 2017 15:56:06

Can anyone identify this plant/ivy?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 15:50
Northern Gardener says:

Thanks Dovefromabove . Although looking at your photo mine looks slightly different, not white all over but just in patches, and no purple flowers with mine either.

See original post

 Sorry, I misled you.  I didn't mean yours was 'Beacon Silver' ... just that that is one of many different varieties of lamiums.  

I have one which looks very like yours and has yellow flowers, but it's not blooming yet ..... 

Can anyone identify this plant/ivy?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 15:46

Silver Surfer   Vigorous yes ... weed not in my garden  

I've got that one as well as 'Beacon Silver'.  I like them both and both are easy to control. 

Never paid £4.95 for a weed 

Last edited: 14 May 2017 15:48:21

Blitzing a garden rant

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 14:48

Nasty racist comment.

 The many Eastern Europeans I've met in the UK work hard, look after their families and have very good gardening, DIY and housekeeping skills, and are great cooks, keeping house on limited budgets, cooking from scratch and growing their own fruit and veg.

Last edited: 14 May 2017 14:48:24

J Parkers rose delivered dead/diseased?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 14:40

It's incredibly late in the season to be buying bare root roses ... mine are all in bud and many are flowering 

Help! Grapevine dying.

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 14:38

I suspect the same culprit as you Obelixx ... that freezing wind that blasted the UK at the beginning of the month....... not just the clematis and vitis cog. etc, but 

Can anyone identify this plant/ivy?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 14:04

Yes, one of the lamiums ... pretty things ... I've planted lots in this garden 'cos it's great in shade .. yes it spreads, but that's what I want it to do ... it's easy enough to pull up if it spreads too far ... it's not a thug and it's one of the prettiest things to grow under trees. 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Fungi ... Radio 4 9am this morning

Replies: 4    Views: 296
Last Post: 18/02/2018 at 21:26

Hello Forkers - February 2018

A friendly place where all are welcome to chat about this and that ... 
Replies: 1065    Views: 28234
Last Post: Today at 13:31

New Year's Day Flower Count 2018

What's flowering in your garden at New Year? 
Replies: 55    Views: 2519
Last Post: 09/01/2018 at 23:09

Merry Christmas to all

Let's join together to spread peace and goodwill ....... 
Replies: 43    Views: 5320
Last Post: 25/12/2017 at 10:47

Hello Forkers in December

A friendly place for everyone to say hello and chat about all sorts of stuff ... 
Replies: 1097    Views: 35794
Last Post: 31/12/2017 at 23:51

RIP Ric Staines ... East Anglian gardening legend

Replies: 0    Views: 444
Last Post: 20/11/2017 at 16:31

Reasons to be cheerful

A thread of things to make us smile when the going gets tough ...  
Replies: 20    Views: 1566
Last Post: 08/11/2017 at 18:04

Fruit ID please

Picked in Spain 
Replies: 7    Views: 518
Last Post: 23/10/2017 at 15:51

Seeking blueberry advice

Just starting out ... choosing varieties  
Replies: 5    Views: 355
Last Post: 25/09/2017 at 21:13

Photos from Whipsnade Zoo

Replies: 3    Views: 337
Last Post: 16/09/2017 at 17:48

The Virtual Café

Tried and tested recipes to use up a glut and fill the pantry shelves 
Replies: 83    Views: 4631
Last Post: 22/08/2017 at 17:16

A new snake in the UK!!!

Now there are four ........... 
Replies: 10    Views: 632
Last Post: 07/08/2017 at 22:38

Please ID my mystery plant

I don't recognise this ...  
Replies: 19    Views: 497
Last Post: 03/08/2017 at 14:55

Hello Forkers ... August edition

A friendly place of frolics and conversation where everyone is welcome to join in to chat and procrastinate to their heart's content...  
Replies: 1906    Views: 56809
Last Post: 31/08/2017 at 23:47

Harvest 2017

Replies: 111    Views: 11570
Last Post: 10/12/2017 at 21:06
1 to 15 of 226 threads