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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:17

Just squidged another one 

What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:17

Trained as a fine artist, ran a smallholding and catering business, then worked as an arts administrator at a gallery and early music venue (bliss) but eventually redundancy found me seeking another post - I went to work for the LA Children's Services Children with Disabilities team as a temp and got hooked - by nature I'm a problem solver and wow, what a lot of problems to solve!  So they trained me and I worked there until last 5th November when I retired with rockets, fountains, catherine wheels and sparklers 

Supposed to be writing and painting - but when spring comes gardening keeps getting in the way 

My grass seed is growing (help please)

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:09

I don't think the Roundup is to blame (I'll probably be accused again of working for Monsanto - those of you who know me know that nothing could be further from the truth, but hey ho ) - I think it's more likely that the recent cool temperatures are the reason it's not germinated - my guess is grass seed will start germinating soon as the temperatures are rising and we're also getting some damp weather. 

Don't put soil/compost over the top - grass seed needs light to germinate.

And don't worry - if it's not germinated in a fortnight rake it over and spread another lot.  It's only £2.50 per kilo at Wilkos 

Do I talk too much.?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 13:59
artjak wrote (see)

Busy Bee, that is why I use emoticons so much; to try and get across the spirit in which things are said.

Me too - my posts are littered with the things - I use them to try to reproduce the tone in which I would say something rather than typing it - 

Where are YOU?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 09:47

If you click on my name you'll be able to read my Public Profile, which includes the area where I live and a bit about our garden.

 Not many people have completed theirs - it would help to answer questions if people did put a little bit about themselves and their garden  Be careful not to put in too much detail - don't want a flock of fans turning up at your door for autographs or cake.

To complete yours go into your Settings by clicking on your name in the top right hand corner of the screen - you'll find out how to do it there - it's quite simple 


dying honeysuckle

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 08:39

Can you post a picture of it for us - it might give us a clue ......... 

Red beetles on lilies

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 08:34

The problem with Provado is that it is absorbed into the plant (that's how it kills the beetles) and poisons the pollen which is how it poisons the bees, not just when it's sprayed 

Squishing is the way to go 

And if I were a lily beetle, I'd probably rather be squished than poisoned ...... 


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 08:30

Oooh yes Fg - an acidic green would pick out those reddish shades in the Ophiopogon - sounds lush!!!  And Verdun likes those acid shades 

Morning Lily and Tracey and any/everyone else who's up and awake (not necessarily the same thing you know )

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 08:27

Some pics from yesterday

 Clematis alpina Pamela Jackman

 Clematis alpina Willy

 It doesn't really show it here, but I love the way the rusty new shoots of the fern pick up the  dusky colour of the Geranium phaeum

 These tulips have been an absolute picture for ages

 The view from the seat in our Little Wilderness, which is still very much in it's infancy - lots more planting to do yet - the lawn will get smaller 


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 08:10

Good morning Verdun 

Ophiopogon nigrescens - OH saw some and liked it so we bought some - I like to encourage him .  

It was when we lived at the last place - I struggled with it in containers of all sorts and gave up in the end - as you say, it never 'looked right'.  

However, since then I've seen it used very effectively in 'squares' in formal blueish smooth stone paving - the blue tinge of the stone (like polished blue slate) brought out the reddish tones in the grass, and the smoothness and formality of the surroundings accentuated the textures.  I found it really benefits from regular division. 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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Crown Prince squash???

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