Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Elder Black Beauty no longer flowers

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 16:48

It sounds as if you've pruned the potential flowers off.

Have a look at this earlier thread - it's about Sambucus Black Lace, but the pruning treatment is the same for both. 

Olive tree

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 14:34

  I tried to do the same ... but he's not written one ... 

Elder Black Beauty no longer flowers

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 14:27

Hi Sheila 

Can you tell us more about your elder please, such as where it's planted and any pruning and feeding regime?

Olive tree

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 14:01

A sheltered spot in East London will suit it very well 

Believe it or not Verdun, the Essex climate is quite a bit different for gardeners than here in Norfolk - even gardening in Suffolk is noticeably different to gardening in Norfolk - here we take the brunt of  the north wind straight off the North Sea.  In Suffolk and Essex the effect has been mitigated a bit by it passing over us.

We also get cold and wet heavy sea frets spreading inland from the Wash, when friends in Suffolk and Essex are basking in sunshine. 

It's a bit like the difference between your mild micro-climate down near St Ives and the wet and chill that Lyn and Hosta can experience not that far from you on the edges of Dartmoor.  

Overgrown plot to veg patch???

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 12:33

We found that roots from nearby trees grew upwards through weed suppressant fabric into the raised beds, as the soil there was moist and the trees were seeking water.

Get rid of the trees/saplings/suckers properly by digging them out before trying to garden there - there is no short cut 

Olive tree

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 12:20

Pokhim   Whereabouts are you?  I think that sometimes Verdun forgets that not everyone gardens in balmy Cornwall (and yes, we are all jealous )  

Here in Norfolk I'd be a little more careful of a potted olive tree - keep the (free-draining) compost as dry as possible - they can cope with the cold but cold and wet combined will cause problems.  


Posted: 05/08/2016 at 11:56

SM dash done early here too - one load of washing on line, another in machine, and a bit of paperwork sorting done - just a bit of deadheading in the garden, then I'll alternate between draping myself elegantly over garden lounger and sitting room sofa ... it's a hard life 

My plant feeding day is still Sat/Sun ... no idea why   It could be any day of the week now that I'm retired ... 

Last edited: 05 August 2016 11:58:42

Courgette help?!

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 09:52

Make sure the soil is moist (not soggy) and water weekly with tomato fertiliser and be patient - there's plenty of time yet - I expect my courgettes to carry on producing well into September - maybe longer if the weather is kind.

Hopefully yours is in a sunny spot?

gallery of shame

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 07:25

I use Tippex ...


Posted: 05/08/2016 at 07:20

Good morning all  G'day Pat 

Love a sunny day in the winter   Looks like a sunny day here too, with a warm dry spell ahead of us. 

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