Latest posts by Dovefromabove

non-flowering clematis

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 20:41

Give them plenty of Clematis fertiliser in the spring and again a few weeks later, and make sure it's well watered in.  All clematis are hungry plants, and the summer flowering ones with big flowers are really really hungry. 

Moving into a house with Foxgloves?

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 20:38

Don't tease!!!  

The nice MatthewC has asked our advice - he is not a gardener ............... yet. 

If we're nice to him we might turn him into one

Welcome to the forum Matthew - we're a nice lot really, but do sometimes have a wicked sense of humour - forgive us please


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 20:34

Hello folks - glad to see all in working order now - I've been out all afternoon and the early part of the evening, then we got a takeaway and now I'm

See you in the morning - sweet dreams all

Fibre-glass switchers - your personal experience please

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 20:21

Worms are needed for a healthy soil structure.

Chemical treatments to kill worms are not permitted to the home gardener.


What is this please

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 20:16

Yes, its the beginning of a wasp nest - the queen has made this in the spring and laid a few eggs in the cells - what should have happened is that the worker wasps that hatched out would then have enlarged the nest and the queen would have laid more eggs and the nest would have expanded - something has happened to stop that happening.

Shrubs for birds' nests/cover

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 14:41

This year we fed live mealworms from up near the house to the nesting robins - that freed up the feeders under the trees for the bluetits and dunnocks etc. 

The robins would call for us to go out onto the terrace to fill their dish, and twice the male came into the house - sat on the rocking chair and shouted at me because I'd not responded to him quickly enough.  They were soon taking mealworms from our hands - they reared three broods this year.  . 

Courgette rust

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 14:35

Mine have tomato feed every ten days or so.

Moving into a house with Foxgloves?

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 14:28

Foxgloves may be toxic but they're not dangerous!  I have them all over my garden.  I spent my childhood running around my granny's woodland garden with foxglove flowers on my fingers (Little Folk's Gloves = Fairy's Gloves). 

They will not harm your cats.  By the time your children are old enough to be in the garden unsupervised they will be old enough to know they mustn't eat things in the garden without asking, and to wash their hands when the come in from playing in the garden. 

I garden without gloves and handle foxgloves every day.  There are many things more dangerous than foxgloves in most gardens - potato leaves and fruits are poisonous so are rhubarb leaves to name just two, but they're in most gardens and no one dies or is even ill. 

Sensible education of children is the way to go. 

The new garden sounds fantastic - if you buy it we'd love to see some pics


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 14:21

Nope - I had some witch hazel gel but that went home with son some months ago and I've not replaced it.   

beetles eating nasturtiums

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 14:18

Flea beetles indeed Bob - in fact, the Small Striped Flea Beetle

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