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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Lemon Grass

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:00

I wouldn't cut it back - I'd try to give it as much sunshine and fresh air as possible

There's some interesting information here


Posted: 24/04/2015 at 07:57

DD - fingers very crossed for Shadow ((hugs)) for you and family.

Painting garden ornaments

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 07:34

The few I have were painted in their early days with natural yoghurt which encourages the growth of lichens and mosses. 

Planted small trees, what to grow in between

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 07:32

I'd go for native spring bulbs e.g. the native daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus), English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) and snowdrops,  Cyclamen hederafolium and some native primroses - they'll naturalise and by the time your trees are biger the bulbs will have settled and it'll look absolutely gorgeous.  They'll not compete with your trees for water etc as shrubs etc would.

The daffodils and bluebells should be available now to plant 'in the green' which is the best way.  There may still be some snowdrops available 'in the green' as well and native primroses are in the 'wildlife' sections of the garden centres at the moment.  If you want some little Cyclamen hederafolium corms send me your address via a PM (click the link under your name in the top righthand corner of this page) and I'll happily pop some in the post to you.

Getting smaller trees is a good thing - they'll suffer from less transplant shock and they'll get growing quickly - they'll catch up with anything bigger planted at the same time.

begonia tuber

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 06:54

Not a plant I grow, but I've found this thread from last year - I hope it helps


Posted: 24/04/2015 at 06:36

Good morning all   We've had a lovely golden sunrise this morning - I've been out and fed the birds, the robin was nearly brave enough to take some mealworms from my hand  

I think we're going to have to have a change of planting at the back of the wildlife pond - a pair of blackbirds have trashed the turf there to get mud for their nest!  I think some overhanging ferns may be the answer - just got to manage to dig some planting holes without falling in the pond - maybe I'd better leave it until OH is here

Help on planting

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 06:27

Totally agree with Andy - plant them now - they'll be fine

Bug repellent?

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 20:58

That's just 'the great outdoors' - make sure there's no buckets or other containers with standing water in them where they can breed, and yes -  citronella candles are fine - put them in empty jamjars and just keep an eye on them. 

If you are one of those unfortunate people who gets bitten, try using Avon's Skin So Soft (you can buy it online) - it's used by the British Army to keep the soldiers free from mozzie bites - and it doesn't smell like a mosquito deterrent.

Bug repellent?

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 20:47

What sort of bugs?  Does your tree have some sort of infestation? 


Posted: 23/04/2015 at 20:33

Think we'll have to head down to Verdun's cabin at the weekend to celebrate


Well Verdun, who'd a thort it???   It's a lovely place to be - as we said 'Everyone's welcome'

Certainly something worth celebrating

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

ID for hardy geranium please

Does anyone recognise this one? 
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Conference on Ancient Trees and Orchards

Open to all 
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Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

I couldn't resist ..................................... 
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Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

Some like the shade, some need the sun, some like sun some of the time ... 
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Do bees become addicted? 
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Copper tape

What do your slugs make of it? 
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Last Post: 16/04/2015 at 08:19

Plant ID please

Any better ideas ... 
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Last Post: 26/03/2015 at 15:22

First Pickings 2015

Those first rewards from the fruit and veg patch 
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Last Post: 17/03/2015 at 11:10

The Chelsea Fringe

Is there an event in your area? 
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Last Post: 09/03/2015 at 10:48

Snowdrops to see in East Yorkshire

Snowdrop Spectacular!!! 
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Norfolk bargains?

Trachycarpus fortuneii 
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Last Post: 14/02/2015 at 10:20

Winterwatch BBC2

Starts this evening 9.00pm 
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Last Post: 19/01/2015 at 22:27


Please help me choose 
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Last Post: 09/01/2015 at 17:02

Trees and their relationships

Interesting info about fungi, microrhyzal organisms and trees 
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Last Post: 05/01/2015 at 18:01

New Year Gardening Resolutions

What do you really mean to do differently in 2015? 
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