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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Vegggies in Pots

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 17:04

I've tried courgettes in huge pots in the past - never had a really good yield.  I've got some in a raised bed now - doing much better.

OL, I don't know what they are - a friend gave me the cucumber plants calling them Patio cucumbers. 

Ant swarms

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 17:01

It's the hot weather they need in order to fly high on the warm currents of air. 

Whats happening?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 17:00

Wall to wall blue skies here 

Just picked a lovely ripe fig 


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 16:23

We had really black skies to the west a little while ago - now we have bright blue skies, white fluffies and sunshine - for a little while

Fuchsia Cutting

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 15:59

That has inspired me - I really should take some cuttings of a hardy(ish) trailing fuchsia that I've somehow acquired  and grown fond of (deep violet indigo bell, cerise skirt) and my newly acquired Hawkshead.

DD and I will join your Fuchsia Cutting club BillyC 

First one to get a flower gets a virtual doughnut   

You'll have to remind me tho ............... 


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 15:52

  Homer - Brilliant!!!

We have a woodpigeon who thinks he lives with us - he eats the hedgehogs' leftovers - OH has named him Peabrain - it seems to fit 

I've just been outside and moved my special dahlia Starchild, to a less blustery corner - it's just about to burst into bloom.

And I've picked our first fig of the summer - beautifully ripe - we have some Parma ham so that'll be our starter this evening.   It's big enough to share - it weighs 4.7ozs!!!

  That's a 2p next to it for scale 

sambucus black lace cutting back? confusing advice

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 15:04

As Nutcutlet says, cut it hard back to almost ground level at the end of the winter - it will throw up lots more growth.  Feed, mulch and water.    To make a big bush I'd coppice it hard every two or three years.

Old gardening saying - Growth follows the knife.

Pruning Mulberry trees

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 15:01

I understand that if these have been planted to provide shade then they will both have been the same sex, as people don't want the fruits dropping onto garden benches and staining people's clothes etc.

If I were you I'd buy or build a pretty seat and enjoy the garden.  I'm sorry but I really can't see anything wrong with your trees.  They're a lovely shape, they'll provide you with shade from the noonday sun and they won't grow very much bigger than they already are.

 What other planting have you planned for that part of your garden?

Fuchsia Cutting

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 14:54

Don't use scissors - they crush the stems - use a new blade in a Stanley knife or a craft scalpel.

Keep trying - good  luck 

Standard roses

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 14:34

This seems to meet your needs 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Bargain Roses

For a limited time only 
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Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 10:57

Prepare for a heatwave!!!

It's not winter yet ....... 
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Last Post: 14/10/2014 at 11:25

Recording the weather in your garden

Do you? 
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Last Post: 28/09/2014 at 14:37

Gardener's World discussed on Points of View

Complaints about change of time and cancellations 
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Last Post: 26/09/2014 at 06:36

Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

All welcome ............who's coming? 
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Last Post: 14/10/2014 at 10:46

If you're buying big pots ....

Beware of being offered stolen property 
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Last Post: 20/09/2014 at 10:10

Grafting fruit trees

An art and a science 
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Last Post: 16/09/2014 at 21:38


Reporting the Spanish slugs 
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Last Post: 07/09/2014 at 15:49

Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Last Post: 20/08/2014 at 06:41

Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Last Post: 19/08/2014 at 06:16

Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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Last Post: 13/08/2014 at 18:54


To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
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Last Post: 06/08/2014 at 22:45

Please put out a shallow dish of water!

Small mammals are not enjoying the heatwave 
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Last Post: 25/07/2014 at 08:27

Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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Last Post: 20/07/2014 at 14:46


How to get around the current problem .... 
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