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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Green garlic

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 10:09

Green garlic usually means that it's immature.  Absolutely fine to eat and regarded as something a bit special (lots of recipes online) but it's unlikely to store well.

Did you harvest it too soon?  When was it planted?

Grass in block paving

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 10:07

If the paving is regularly swept that should stop soil/detritus collecting in the grooves which is what the seeds germinate in. 



Posted: 01/09/2015 at 10:04

More coffee being drunk here - waiting for lorry to take car to garage - as it's a straight tow job they could only give me a 3 hour window. 

Good luck re knee Hosta

Island beds - are they a bit twee or retro?

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 10:02

I love island beds, but I think they need to be as large as possible to be effective. 

Have a look at the pictures of the island beds at Bressingham (whose founder, Alan Bloom introduced the concept of island beds).

I'd be just a bit careful when incorporating an established tree into a bed - you don't wan't to damage its roots.  Birch roots are quite close to the surface. 


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 09:56

 Three layers of crocuses in a pot


Hydrangia macrophylla Shakira

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 09:34

Best planted in the ground in a sheltered spot in semi shade.

More info here

Beginner and new to forum

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 09:11

I would find that uncomfortably warm Disha - I think I'm designed for cooler climates

Victoria Plum Problem

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 09:07
wellygirl2 wrote (see)
Can anyone help me with my problem. Bought a victoria plum tree 4 years ago which had three plums on the first year. Since then it neither blossoms not fruits and has poor quality leaves with lacy holes in them. Lately I noticed a branch had died and I removed it. Is it beyond help.

Hi Wellygirl

Can you tell us a bit more about your plum tree?  Where it's planted?  What sort of soil?  How much sunlight it gets?  Watering and feeding regime etc?

A photo or two would be helpful too.


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 08:59

Pdoc - she sounds 'a treasure'

The late summer is being saved for 17th September onwards when we're in Cornwall - Verdun has promised

Beginner and new to forum

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 08:49

Here in the UK the summer finished yesterday and autumn has begun - at the moment daytime temperatures are in the mid teens or low twenties celsius if we are lucky, and at night here in East Anglia it's around 10 or 12 C

We've had a lot of heavy rain in this region over the past few days and it's not been possible to do much gardening other than deadheading and picking some fruit and vegetables.

At the moment I have autumn raspberries and grapes fruiting and we have tomatoes, runner beans and courgettes for vegetables.  The broccoli has been planted out and it will spend the winter growing very slowly, then in the spring we should get lovely purple shoots to cook for our supper. 

I'm sorry, I don't grow the vegetables you mention.

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Shall we pool our piggy banks?

Or shall we stick with our seed swap? 
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Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Shall we have to say goodbye ... 
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Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Monday 27th July 
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Foxglove 'Illumination Pink'

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ID please

Can't remember  
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Flower ID please

Spring flower in Northern Brittany  
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Sisyrinchium striatum

Aunt May 
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The reason I'm not weeding

And it's not laziness ...  
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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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