Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Ash trees

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 12:42

 Do they look like these?  If so, lucky you, they're the male ash flowers so you will not get the ash keys from that tree this year.  Ash trees can change gender; that's obviously what's happened with yours this year

We have two ash trees -  usually  they are one of each so we get lots of keys each autumn and lots of seedlings in the spring - but we love the trees and touch wood, they're still healthy

Music in the Garden

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 11:07

Oh dear - Walker Bros - The Sun Aint Gonna Shine Any More - on Radio 2 just now - hope that wasn't the weather forecast


Posted: 20/05/2015 at 10:33

The other day a whole family of magpies here had a full-on fight with the collared doves nesting in the big hedge behind us - the magpies made off with the eggs - for a few days the collared doves sat disconsolate on the fence, but I think they've started again now ......


Posted: 20/05/2015 at 10:20

Bumping as I don't grow ranunculus

Cauliflower leaves stripped :(

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 09:53


cutting down conifers

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 09:32

Nothing to do with being 'politically correct' or not.

All wild birds, their young, their eggs and active nests are protected under UK law.

 It is an offence to damage a nest intentionally while it is in use or being built and hedge cutting and tree felling is highly likely to damage nests or cause them to be deserted.  The penalty can be a £5,000 fine and possibly imprisonment.   This applies to all birds, including pigeons, crows etc.

Some birds' nests are incredibly tiny and impossible to see in a standing conifer.

More info here



Posted: 20/05/2015 at 09:23

Gillygee - keep an eye on those magpies - they'll be wanting to feed their offspring on birds eggs and nestlings - we used to lose lots of ducklings to the magpies who sat on the corner of the mill roof and swoop down as Mother Duck paraded her brood across the yard - they'd pick them off one by one.  I know baby magpies have to eat too, but why do they have to be so blatant about it

Gillygee - if retail therapy isn't on the cards, sow some seeds, or pot up some little self-sown seedlings found around the garden - wonderfully therapeutic to get something for virtually nothing

Weird one for me - help needed

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 08:35

Sorry, the sweepstake suggestion was a sort of a joke but it'll be fun to see if anyone gets it right - no need to do a separate thread - this one will do.

Rapeseed growing in my lawn - help!

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 08:29

Oh dear Roberta

I think Fg is right, weedkiller will be needed.  Ask your 'helpful' farmer if he has a herbicide which removes broad-leaved weeds from pasture or grain crops while leaving the grass intact.

Good luck

There's orangey........

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 08:15

I've got an orangey-red geum (Flames of Passion ) and an orangey-red aquilegia both growing by a Hosta Hadspens Blue - fab combination

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