Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Grass in block paving

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 11:13

Do you mean that when you spray the grass it dies but you are left with dead grass still spoiling the paving?

I wonder, would a flame-gun do the job?  I've never used one myself.

Gertrude rising

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:48

That sounds a brilliant idea David - it would be such a shame to have to 'restrain' it.


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:45
GWRS wrote (see)

The doves and pigeons sit on top of the fence by the Hawthorn tree where the feeders are  and down it comes like a bolt out of the blue , quiet dramatic really !

If you are in the Garden and you notice it has gone quiet and all the little birds have disappeared you know the Hawks are about  Such is nature 

We get the same here - we also get the peregrines that nest on the cathedral spire swooping down and taking the pigeons off our roof! 


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:43

Spent a bit of time yesterday looking at OS map of the area where we're staying on holiday, and downloading and printing details of circular walks around there.  Then of course we went on Google Earth and zoomed in on 'our' cottage   Getting a bit excited now - holiday mid Sept 


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:36

A mulch of well rotted farmyard manure or good garden compost would be ok at this time of year.  Don't let the manure touch the stems. 


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:32
GWRS wrote (see)

........ we have Sparrow Hawks locally and they take the odd dove ......from the garden 

I'll keep my head down if I'm in your area ......... exactly how 'odd' ??? 

Re-siting a well established quince tree

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:07

Quinces are wonderful cooked with poultry, especially with guinea fowl or especially pheasant.  They give a flavour that's out of this world

And there's so many other interesting things you can do with them -

I don't have a quince tree here, but I wish I had room for one.  I have to beg, borrow or buy my quinces

And a few quinces in a bowl give your home a wonderful perfume

Talkback: How to ripen late tomatoes

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:53
Deedot wrote (see)

i have never taken all leaves off. Some, yes but not all. Monty said to reduce watering to once a week at this time, that doesn't sound enough. I have reduced my watering to once a day rather than twice. ......

Mine only get watered when the leaves  go a bit limp in the day and they don't perk up in the evening.  Never more than twice a week, sometimes not even once a week.  They're in big pots outside.


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:20

Well, because car is a convertible the windscreen has to be replaced with the top down - although AA man has an awning the wind is getting up and he's worried that he wouldn't be able to secure the awning without parking his van on my lawn!!!  Well, the lawn is in pretty poor condition, what with the drought and the yarrow, but it is not for parking on. 

We decided on a compromise - he did a repair and if the garage I'm taking it to tomorrow to get the suspension fixed don't think it's satisfactory he'll come back and replace the windscreen.  He's done a very good job.  I think we made the right decision - rain is now tipping down. 

Nice young man - telling me all about his new baby boy and the lovely  holiday they had last summer in Cornwall - little boy is just over 3 months  I wonder if he has Cornish roots??? 

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