Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Just moved into an old house... huge ANT nest in flower bed :)

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 06:39

For ants!   Why on earth would you???  

Lawn edging

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 06:32

I use a strimmer - carefully - by midsummer most of the beds have blowsy perennials flopping over so they're propped up before mowing and strimming, then I use a small electric Flymo Power Trim which works well once you've got the hang of it as long as you have a straight eye or use a straight edge (I have a long roof batten).  I don't let OH do the edging. 


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 06:27

Good morning Fg and anyone else who's about

Drizzling here at the moment - hope it clears up as we're heading south a bit later to meet up with friends from Germany and Wiltshire for a beach picnic in Suffolk. 

Hope everyone has a good day today

Clari ((hugs))

Pdoc - au revoir et bon voyage!

Please, guide me, oh wise ones of the Forum. X

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 21:18


Just moved into an old house... huge ANT nest in flower bed :)

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 21:16

If you're digging the allotment just dig the nest up - the ants will move on but not far away - they may well rescue the grubs and take them with them - if not the birds will have them.

Plant ID Please

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 15:00

It looks like some sort of sedum ...

Honeysuckle bare

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 13:30

It's thirsty and probably needs lots of water - we've had a very dry year so far and honeysuckle likes damp roots - It's probably succumbed to powdery mildew due to being short of water.

Three buckets full of water now, and then one bucket full twice a week until the autumn and cooler weather comes.

I need your help

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 13:26

I agree with the drinking water tip - not just before meals but throughout the day.  Several years ago I lost a great deal of weight - lots, the sort of loss that gets your picture in magazines - (ok, so I've put some of it back, but nothing like as much as I lost - drink water throughout the day - it keeps you full and stops you feeling hungry, and also improves the flushing through of toxins that accumulate when you're losing weight and your skin and eyes will look amazing. 

Also, did you know that the 'trigger' that says you're hungry is the same one that says you're thirsty, so if you feel hungry drink a pint of water and then see if you still feel hungry

Also one of the downsides of losing weight is the slowing down of 'digestive transit' as they say on the telly.    Drink lots of water and it'll keep you 'going easily'.

Some people say they can't drink lots of water - drink it from a bttle rather than a glass - it goes down much more easily - ask any baby

How much water?  I drink between three and four litres a day, every day   And no, I don't spend my life in the loo - your body adjusts and absorbs the water rather than sending it straight to your bladder

identification please?

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 11:55

Ash tree saplings and seedlings - you must have a mature ash tree somewhere nearby.  Pull them up!!!  They'll grow into huge forest trees.

help the greeks

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 11:43

I think before we embark on anything like that we need to know that this is something the Greeks themselves have said they would find helpful. Gardeners there are probably well used to saving their own seeds.

Also I'm not sure that the varieties of veg grown in the UK are necessarily going to do well in the Greek climate.

I think that it would be more helpful to 'buy Greek' and improve their balance of trade etc - this morning I have bought Greek olive oil and Greek feta

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