Latest posts by Dovefromabove

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 10:42

  Remember last year we had a robin who would take mealworms from our hand?  Well his nestlings must have hatched as he's been in the garden shouting at us - the mealworms arrived in the post yesterday and today he was taking them from my hand, straight off.    Can't stand out there all day with mealworms in my outstretched palm - got to go to tennis in a few mins so I've put some in a dish on the chair on the terrace and left OH in charge

Place your bets....

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 10:36
GWRS wrote (see)

Dovefromabove , hello , it is Browns Pie shop , have been there and always have pie of the week , have not been for a while ........

That's the one - OH took me - he did his Foundation at Lincoln Art School.  I nearly knocked myself out on that beam above the stairs - we'll have to go back and this time I'll be more careful

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 09:57

Cheers Hosta   Bro visited yesterday - she was tired and weak but awake - he talked to her about keeping pigs on the farm when we were children and she remembered that. 

No one visiting her today but the lovely staff will be with her.  I'm visiting tomorrow with Wonky. 

Beaus Mum   good to see you

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 09:51

Oh dear Hosta

Have you tried

 I'll get my coat .....................

Woodland-ivy infested trees

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 08:37

If oak be out before the ash

We will only have a splash.

If ash be out before the oak

We will surely have a soak.


Knotweed or not weed?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 08:14
veryceri wrote (see)

... is glyphosate dog friendly ( like most weed killers, allowing a few hours for the stuff to work before normal service can be resumed with children and animals)?

Yes just let it dry then they'll be fine

woodlice, the menaces :(

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 08:09

Woodlice - very useful critters in the garden, and very good mothers ... apparently

Knotweed or not weed?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 08:00

Aha, you posted while I was typing LOL

Yes, it's the white flowering bindweed aka Greater Bindweed it has a pretty face but like many pretty faces, you shouldn't be fooled by it!  

Knotweed or not weed?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 07:57

I agree, if it's twining then it's either one of the bindweeds or a rampant honeysuckle or similar.

Whichever it is you want it got rid of - I prefer not to use chemicals if I can help it, but I believe that they do have their place when in extremis, and this sounds like it.

We took over a garden with rampant bindweed and used glyphosate several times over that summer which totally eradicated it.  After that we just had to watch out for it spreading in from surrounding gardens, and zap it with a quick spray.

The trick with glyphosate is to leave the plants to die for at least a fortnight after spraying until they are withered and brown.  That means that the chemical has got back to the roots and killed them too.  If you pull the topgrowth too soon you'll leave living roots behind and they'll grow all over again!

Good luck

P.S.  To post a picture click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post.  Or you can put the pics on a photo-hosting site and post a link.

There are improvements afoot to make the site easier for such things - not long to go now

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 07:22

Hosta - one of those cannas you gave us is springing into life   Sadly the smaller one is an ex-canna and has gone to the compost heap   Everything else is looking good and OH is busy digging the new bed so they'll all have homes to go to very soon.

I've got a bit of a quandary - a Cornish friend visited here last autumn, bringing with her two kiwi cuttings - a male and a female, but she wasn't sure which was which - one of them hasn't survived the winter  


Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Such a handsome chap

Look who I found  
Replies: 13    Views: 466
Last Post: 19/06/2016 at 18:14

ID please

Replies: 4    Views: 259
Last Post: 12/06/2016 at 14:22

A place with some land?

Who was it that wanted to get away from it all? 
Replies: 7    Views: 364
Last Post: 19/05/2016 at 19:01

Espaliered pear tree - when to let it produce fruit?

Replies: 5    Views: 370
Last Post: 14/05/2016 at 17:14

Clematis - Daniel Deronda - odd coloured flower

Replies: 5    Views: 349
Last Post: 07/05/2016 at 16:05

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

A friendly place where we can chat to each other about all sorts of things - everyone welcome!  
Replies: 1934    Views: 61352
Last Post: 01/06/2016 at 09:23

Choose just one ...

If you were coming here with us today what would you get? 
Replies: 25    Views: 1027
Last Post: 23/04/2016 at 15:42

Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Forest Blue'

Do you know it? Do you grow it? 
Replies: 7    Views: 337
Last Post: 17/04/2016 at 12:49

Swallows, swifts and martins - have you seen them yet?

Tracking their arrival 
Replies: 59    Views: 2254
Last Post: 15/05/2016 at 20:59

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

A friendly place where we can chat to each other about all sorts of things - everyone welcome!  
Replies: 1841    Views: 49874
Last Post: 04/05/2016 at 14:04

Whoops! I've done it again ......

Replies: 24    Views: 1239
Last Post: 12/03/2016 at 16:05

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

A friendly place where we can chat to each other about all sorts of things - everyone welcome! 
Replies: 1830    Views: 46080
Last Post: 01/04/2016 at 06:01

A Gardener's Hands

The garden will be lovely but my hands will be sore and chapped 
Replies: 42    Views: 1750
Last Post: 23/02/2016 at 19:49

East Anglian Bluebell Expedition

Another excuse for cake ............  
Replies: 34    Views: 1537
Last Post: 18/04/2016 at 17:52

Songs for Valentine's Day

Our favourite romantic songs 
Replies: 58    Views: 1815
Last Post: 15/02/2016 at 21:02
1 to 15 of 169 threads