Latest posts by Dovefromabove

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


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 14:01

Hello, I'm back   Hair tidier, nice new top purchased in the sales and some M&S Vietnamese-style wrapped pork and veg 'bites' had for lunch. 

Panda, I forgot to get more antihistamine cream   I've got bites on my arms, legs and one on my toe!  That last one's the worst!   OH has a trip to the dentist this afternoon - I may be able to persuade him to call at a chemist on the way back - I think he'll be willing - he didn't sleep well and had to abandon ship and go in the spare room - apparently I was keeping him awake with my scratching

Gathering and preparation, treatment of Sumach or Stag's Horn

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 13:52

Past experience of Rhus typhina showed me that it will behave perfectly well for years and years - until you remove a branch or two, prune it, call it what you will.  From that moment onwards the tree will decide it is under threat and it needs to procreate and it will do so by sending up suckers for the rest of its days. 

A friend's father grew a row of them along the edge of a lawn - he was a gardener at The Big House in the next village - we were not allowed to sit on the wall alongside the garden in case we knocked off a branch and triggered the suckering.  In all the years I knew that garden those Stag's Horn Sumachs never ever sent up a sucker into that immaculate lawn.  When he died and his widow decided those trees should be pruned .................. the following year the first suckers appeared and soon the lawn was ruined. 

I would love to grow a similar row along our front boundary - they would suit this house so well - but our boundary is passed every day by children going to school and I'm not prepared to stand guard every day ensuring that not a twig gets knocked - so we will not grow Rhus typhina


Honeysuckle - Grow It Thick And Bushy on Wires Only??

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 10:49

Good idea BL - this one would provide all the basics


At least it's based on UK climate - I've found that beginners sometimes find second hand books on Amazon etc to be US based and that just makes for more confusion!

A bit like their cookery books with US measures!


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 09:34

Dd, I remember my ex (Wonky's Pa Womble) telling me of a time when he was a very cheeky teenager and he splashed an older chap in another kayak who told him to behave himself or else. 

The ex's reply was something along the lines of 'and what are you going to do about it?' ... the other chap got out of his boat and waded toward him ... ex said he'd never paddled so fast in his life


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 09:22

That's good news Pat - poorly OH's can be a right PITA, no matter how sorry for them we feel


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 09:21

Sorry, no baking done here Bushman, but will these help

 I can pick something up from the city when I go in later today - something Italian from Carluccio's perhaps?

Persistent weed

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 09:18

A weed is something you don't want to grow, but does.

A plant is something you do want to grow, but won't.

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