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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

pruning my new yew hedge

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 07:32

I'd agree with Verdun and cut them back now to encourage bushy growth.  We're a good way away from frosts as yet, so new growth won't get damaged.

yellowing leaves on bay

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 07:28

If it's potbound give it a really good soaking then pot it on into a bigger pot - I use 4 parts John Innes loambased compost and one part horticultural grit.

The John Innes will have enough feed in it for the rest of this year so no need to add any feed to the compost, but I find that my bay tree really perks up after a few sprayings with dilute seaweed liquid.

Hope that helps


A few queries on overwintering

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 07:16

As for the clematis cuttings - you only need to keep the air around them moist until they've developed roots and started growing.  When that's happened pot them on and keep them in a sheltered corner outside or in a coldframe for the winter.


Posted: 04/08/2015 at 07:13

Good morning all

Hosta ((hugs)) have a lovely day and ignore the unkind miserable ones - it's a shame,  but OH doesn't need them, he's got you and you've got him  - be happy

Oooh yes Chicky,  Scabious centaurea, Greater Knapweed - lovely elegant and attracts pollinators, goldfinches etc - it's on my list for the new bed I'm planning this autumn - according to Sarah Raven it likes poor dry soils and  'thrives on neglect' - just the ticket

Tomato leaf changes - first time grower nerves

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 07:01

It's not a good idea to wet the leaves Baza - that makes them perfect hosts for blight spores to settle!

If the tomato leaves are curling because of the heat that's not a problem, they do it to reduce transpiration of moisture from the leaves - it's what they're supposed to do.  Then when the heat drops the leaves uncurl.

Just water the compost - keep the leaves dry.  They won't absorb moisture through the leaves anyway so wetting them is useless. 

Favourite native mammal?

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 20:43

We have lots of lovely bats around here


Posted: 03/08/2015 at 20:37
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

we've been together 20 yeas and his sister has never once invited us to stay the night.

Or is it that if you don't 'stay the night' she can blithely pretend that you're 'just good friends'    ?  


Posted: 03/08/2015 at 20:31
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

we've been together 20 yeas and his sister has never once invited us to stay the night.

That's her loss - you' two are lovely company ((hugs))

Tomato leaf changes - first time grower nerves

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 20:28

There's no way I'd spray anything systemic on something I intended to eat!

and my understanding is that in order to be at all effective any fungicide needs to be applied before the fungus/blight spores land on the plant. 

Bee boxes

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 20:17

Lots of fascinating info here

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