Latest posts by Dovefromabove

How do I keep a Hydrangea white

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 07:38

That may have been due to climatic conditions. 

Do you know the name of the variety?


Posted: 17/08/2016 at 07:31

Good morning all 

Im still in bed waiting for another coffee 

It looks like another lovely day - think we'll have to put the seep hose on the Shady Bank again. 

Asparagus...what now..

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 07:20

The foliage should be cut back when it starts to turn yellow. 

as for the ones that didn't grow - when did you plant them and who did you get them from?  


Posted: 16/08/2016 at 23:36

Dewdrops - so sorry to hear of your loss. Our sympathy to your family. 

Night night all ((hugs))

Birds clearing the gutters?

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 20:05

  Yes, they don't migrate and I feed them all the year round.  They're primarily seed eaters so one of the premium seed mixes will be most suitable.

lBeware of cheap mixes which contain mainly barley which is too large for many of the smaller birds and which just gets discarded on the ground where it germinates and grows as weeds in your garden. 

House sparrows are becoming so rare - in my childhood they were really common, nesting beneath the roof tiles on our farmhouse and the old farm buildings, and having dust baths in the dusty dried mud of the farmyard on hot sunny days. 

Prunus ' Kanzan ' problem with blossom

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 19:09

If it's gotta go it's gotta go ....... and every felled tree is a new planting space ... or three 

Hollow courgettes

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 15:00

I know the feeling ... the soil's very free-draining here and although I've been working at incorporating lots of organic matter since we came here, I've had to use the sprinkler and the seep hose on the veg patch and the Shady Bank (herbaceous border) quite a few times just lately.  We've not had any rain to speak of for over a month ... but other people spend money on all sorts of other things  like hobbies and luxuries... I spend some of mine on the garden 

Hollow courgettes

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 14:12

My feeling is that it could be erratic watering or two much fertiliser or a combination of the two.

I've just had a google and this suggests similar causes, along with inadequate pollination 

Planting my honeysuckle

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 14:06

Hopefully you have a trellis or wires for it to climb up.

I would plant your honeysuckle (at least 12" - 18" from the base of the wall or fence) then carefully remove the plant from the canes and place the canes (fanned out a bit) at an angle from the rootball to the trellis  and then gently tie the honeysuckle stems to the canes to encourage them towards the trellis.

Aha!  I've found this, which explains it a bit better 

Hope that helps  

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