Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Plant DNA

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 09:47

Well of course, mutations occur in all living things - having worked in the field of disability I saw the results every day.

Swallows nest

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 09:45

That used to happen at our local church some 35+ years ago - the vicar was a bit of a curmudgeon and kept a long stick in the porch with the intention of poking the nest down when they started building as the droppings made a mess on the old stone flagged floor - until the parishioners got to hear of it and 'vented their wrath' - I visited the church this week - the swallows are still nesting in the porch

Swallows nest

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 08:34

Hedgerow recommendations.

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 08:32

I'd go for holly every time - you can get non-prickly sorts, but I've never found the prickles to be a nuisance when trimming the hedgerows when I've had holly hedges - and think of all the free Christmas decorations    as well as the fact that as Hippophae says, it's superb for wildlife


Posted: 11/07/2015 at 08:08

By the way, just wanted to say I'M VERY PROUD OF WONKY

 I'll let her make the announcement, but I'm bursting with maternal pride

Fluffy white stuff on my crab apple and wilted leaves - help!

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 08:06

Woolly aphids - keep an eye open for flocks of long-tailed tits - they love it

Swallows nest

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 08:05

Exactly - otherwise they'd all hatch out on different days. 

Owls and raptors start brooding the eggs right from the beginning, and the eggs hatch in sequence - this way if food is scarce the youngest ones don't get any and the older ones do and at least some survive (even if they have to eat their younger siblings - as seen on Springwatch).

However, most other birds (and chickens, ducks, geese etc) lay a whole clutch of eggs and then start brooding - the eggs all hatch within a 24 hour period and the little ones are all at the same stage together.

My Runner Beans Keep Dying HELP !!

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 07:59

What sort of drainage have you got in the bath?  Just the plughole?  I know runner beans like damp soil, but they don't like to be in a bog.

Unidentified cherry pest

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 07:56

Don't know if it's notifiable - this is interesting

I think I would email DEFRA and see what they have to say on the matter.

Schizophrenic garden soil

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 07:50

Most of central Suffolk is a mixture of clay and chalk - some of the most productive and high value agricultural land in the country - just apply lots and lots of manure and get the worms working - as well as  almost everything else being perfectly happy there, roses will love it

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