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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Rust on mallow

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 06:50

The mild wet winter we've just had was perfect for Hollyhock rust   

Info here 


Posted: 14/05/2014 at 06:45

What do you want - we'll be looking at Chinese porcelain, silk, woodblock prints, jade ........... all sorts of really useful stuff 

Sad rhubarb

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 06:43

  We need pics and more information


Posted: 14/05/2014 at 06:40

Good morning Fg 

Talkback: Tree peonies

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 06:39

A gorgeous thing.  Fascinating name.  I know another Tipsy Imperial Concubine - - sadly I don't really have the right conditions to grow either. 

Woodland plant id's please

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 06:32

The word 'weed' is an Old English one which meant 'grass' or 'herb', but in the Middle Ages its meaning changed to a plant that was growing where it was not wanted.  I suppose that was when farming really took off and a field full of barley would have been referred to as 'barley' whereas the other plants growing there unwanted would have been referred to generally as 'weeds' and that's how the meaning changed. 

I find etymology fascinating. 


Posted: 14/05/2014 at 06:18

I need another one too MrsG  - I've made a pot


tiny bugs on yucca plant

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 06:16

I suspect that they're aphids of one sort or another.  They suck the sap and weaken the plant and they keep breeding so there are more and more.

You can mix up a weak solution of washing up liquid and water and spray them - you'll probably have to do it a few times but it usually gets rid of them.  

If there's a lot you can brush the worst of them off before you spray - either with your fingers or if you're squeamish with a soft brush, then spray the ones that are left.

S.O.S baby bird

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 06:08

Fingers crossed! 

Dark pond water

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 06:06

I think it sounds as if it's behaving normally - wildlife ponds have all sorts of 'stuff' in them -  I think that we get so used to seeing garden ponds with filters etc, that we forget what a 'wild' pond looks like.  

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