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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Mini Timber Growhouse

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 20:10

I have a very similar one - I find it very useful

Plant Id

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 20:03

I grew up on a farm in very rural Suffolk - agricultural weeds were a major part of my childhood!


Posted: 30/06/2015 at 19:55

Lovely to hear about the hedgehog - yes, put water out - ours drink lots every night

Lesley and everyone - thanks for kind thoughts about Ma - it is lovely to see her happy when it could have been so different.

Gardengirl - we use Blagdon Barley Straw Extract, and follow it up with Blagdon Bio-Active Sludge Control, which eats the dead blanket weed.  Regular treatment is working well and it's also keeping the duckweed to a minimum   It doesn't affect the wildlife, the water is lovely and clear and it's simple to use once you've worked out how many litres of water there are in the pond

29.7C  earlier in the shady breezy corner of the garden by the path around the side of the house.

What's my name?

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 19:44

You can trim it after it's finished flowering to tidy it up a bit, or you can cut it right hard back in April, down to six inches or so and it will rejuvenate.  You'll lose the flowers for that one year if you do that, but a lot of people just grow it for the foliage

plant ID

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:40

Don't know Dave somehow it has the look of a brassica doesn't it - but I don't know one with leaves like that - someone will know ...

Plant Id

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:15

Does it have a groove down the 'front' of the stalks?  If so I think it's

Hogweed - not the dangerous Giant Hogweed - just the ordinary native one that we used to gather to feed our pet rabbits when we were children. 

More info here


Posted: 30/06/2015 at 16:27

Hello folks - I'm back from visiting Ma - most of the residents had gone down to the beach with staff but Ma had changed her mind at the last minute and stayed behind in the cool - handy as I didn't have to go and find them all. She was in a lovely mood, very confused - Pa sleeps a lot apparently, and doesn't join in with things any more , and her mother doesn't come around very much nowadays,  (thank goodness) but she kept saying it's a lovely place to live, just like a happy family, no one falls out with anyone, everyone helps each other, and isn't it lovely to live a life free from any worries ,  Sounds like the pills are working   She smiled more today than I've ever seen, even when I was a child - she was always too self-conscious to smile until she got Alzheimer's 

I'd bought Ma a little bag of Thornton's chocs, but by the time I got there they were liquid, so I gave her a bag of marshmallows I'd bought for the barbeque this evening - she loves those. Fortunately I'd bought two bags.

When I got back I picked up my new Kenwood Multi-Pro from Waitrose and bought some pork chops, chicken and lamb bits for barbequeing for the rest of the week, along with a bottle of Pimms Blackberry & Elderflower and some lemonade - some of the pork chops are marinading and the Pimms and lemonade are in the fridge.

Now I'm going to put my feet up in front of some tennis for a few minutes ...

Watering tomatoes with smelly water

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 10:27

Stuff washes off the roofs along with the water - they need cleaning out annually as above

umbrella plant

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 10:26

Can you give us a photo or two please?  We can't tell if the pot is the wrong size unless we know how big the plant is.

Has it ever been repotted with fresh compost?

It might have had too much fertilizer - I wouldn't feed it every week - do you mean you've fed it every week through the whole year?

Tree problem - yellowing leaves

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 10:23

OK, that looks more interesting than a bog standard common or garden sycamore - someone on here will recognise it.

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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ID please

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Flower ID please

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Sisyrinchium striatum

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The reason I'm not weeding

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Markings on hosta leaves

What can I do about this pest? 
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Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Congratulations to you both ... 
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ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
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Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
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Frost tonight!!!???

Check your local forecast ... 
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Clematis cuttings

Where shall I put them? 
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