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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Foxgloves, is it too late to sow?

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 12:46

I wait until the seedpods are dry and beginning to open, then cut the stems and just swish them over the border where I want foxgloves to grow - they do the rest themselves - all I have to do is thin them out a bit when they've germinated

What happened to my grass!!

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 12:44

Hello and welcome to the forum

Can you post a pic of the lawn so that we can get some clues?  Click on the green tree icon on the toolbar to upload a photo

Bulbs and Weeds

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 11:59

Lucky you - I love walnut trees and walnuts.  However, one of the difficulties is that the tree roots exude a substance that prevents some plants from growing near it. 

This may be helpful

Red thread

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 11:51

I don't think it'd hurt to get on with it now, providing the lawn's not suffering from drought like mine is - what do others think?


Posted: 10/08/2015 at 10:03

Oooh Topbird - was it Langley Abbey?  If so I bet the food was great - the owners used to have a restaurant in Norwich - very good indeed


Posted: 10/08/2015 at 09:10

Good morning Wonky

No, not an indulgent day today -  bed linen is in the wash and must put fresh on the bed, the bathroom needs cleaning, must pop down the road for some supplies ... etc etc etc

Planting climbers for trellis - which planting angle?

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 08:47

You've planted the climbers against the wall in the right way   Planting away from the base of the wall and angling the plant towards it helps keep the roots out of the dry area of rain shadow cast by the wall.

The link illustrates planting a clematis to climb up a trellis arch - the arch will not cast a rain shadow as a wall does, so the rootball doesn't need to be as far away. 

Check out the prevailing wind and the direction the rain comes from most often - if the climbers are  going to be in the lee of the trellis and consequently in a dry spot then I'd plant them away from the base of the trellis and slope them towards it. 

Graham Thomas is my favourite honeysuckle - mine has been in bloom  for three months now - but it won't grow downwards   It's best to plant a climber on each side of the arch.  My Lon. Graham Thomas is growing in almost complete shade on a north-facing fence under a large tree and is happy.  Other climbers suitable for shady spots are some of the clematis - take a look here

Red thread

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 07:53

The best preventative and treatment apart from applying nitrogen is to improve the drainage and aeration of your lawns so scarify and aerate thoroughly, and don't compost the thatch or mowings from the lawns.

Hope that's helpful

Talkback: Leafcutter bees

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 07:36

How wonderful

You must have a very wildlife-friendly garden - have you discovered where they're nesting?


Posted: 10/08/2015 at 06:47

Good morning all

I've been watching the sun come up - it's been beautiful with pink streaks right across the sky.  It's really warm already almost 16C, and I think we have another beautiful day ahead of us.

While I was cooking supper yesterday OH asked if I'd like him to mow the lawns?  We decided not to do the back lawn as it has lots of white clover blossoming and the bees are loving it, but the front lawn was badly in need of a tidy - it had suffered badly in the last hot dry spell and stopped growing for a while so we'd just left it alone, then the rain we had last week perked it up but it also perked up the yarrow and the coarser grasses which have thrown up seedheads so it all looked a bit scruffy - as it's still very dry we raised the cutter bar and OH gave the lawn a quick once over - it looks so much better as the dry brown tips have gone and the grass looks much greener


Oooh, morning Hosta, morning Chicky - you snuck in while I wasn't looking

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