Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Little to no lower growth!

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 19:01

But while new shoots are bursting forth at a lower level, it'd be good if the football could be aimed in another direction - it would be a shame to break the new shoots off. 

Old tomato seeds

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 18:47

In previous years I've been sent tomato seeds from all sorts of varieties by a tomato afficionado in Italy ... some of them were probably 10+ years old - I've never had a problem getting nearly 100% germination 

Leaves being eaten by an invisible pest

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 16:47

That was my thought MuddyFork ... but this early in the year? 

I love having leafcutter bees in  my garden.  Some years ago when I had my studio roof repaired we found a leafcutter bee had used spaces in the roof beams for her nursery , with the spaces lined with circular pieces of rose leaf. 

Last edited: 04 April 2017 16:49:52

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 16:41

Oooh that's better!  Just had a lovely hot shower 

I've spent the day in the garden again, weeding, mowing, tying in climbers,  shuffling stuff around and pondering ...

Now for a coffee then I'll do something about supper ... 

Hello Glenys   Hope OH has a lovely birthday 

Leaves being eaten by an invisible pest

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 15:33

  Are you in the UK? Is this happening at the moment?

Name of plant?

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 15:21

Now is the perfect time ... just before the new fronds unfurl 

Name of plant?

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 14:29


Your plant is a fern - those are last year's leaves.  You'll see new leaves growing from the centre of the base of the plant - they look like shepherd's crooks unfurling 

Cut the old leaves off down low being careful not to cut the new fronds.  Very soon your fern will look better than ever. 

I cut all mine back yesterday. 

Last edited: 04 April 2017 14:31:46

Painting the bottom of trees

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 13:37

What sort of trees?  Fruit trees or ornamentals? 

Primula and primrose pest

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 09:47

Yes, slugs and or snails ... use slug pubs and hand picking in the evenings with a torch  and/or environmentally friendly ferrous based slug pellets.  

I also find a top dressing of horticultural grit helps to deter the blighters. 

You may find that slugs have set up home between the plastic lining and the side of the container - they're sneaky like that 


Posted: 04/04/2017 at 08:48

Having visited the Touchwood garden I can confirm that the aquilegias there were pretty close together, and it seemed to me that there was little 'air flow' - quite a sheltered little spot. 

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