Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Dreaded Tomato Blight

Posted: 12/08/2012 at 07:37

You're not crossing enough fingers!  

This morning two of my Marmandes have black patches on the main stems   As soon as OH is up and has had a cuppa, I'll get him to move them away from the others (I slipped a disc last week )  

Although one of them is the only one with large toms on so far,  I think I shall have to bite the bullet and bag and bin them in order to protect the others - oh it's fun this gardening lark, isn't it?

Hissing Bees??

Posted: 12/08/2012 at 07:33


What is this pretty plant, please?

Posted: 12/08/2012 at 07:28

I agree 

Mountain Ash

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 21:52

Apart from the reasons we gave on the thread linked to above, the  almost continual heavy rain and cool weather which caused a significant lack of pollinating insects this spring is likely to have something to do with it.

greenhouse vs coldframe

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 21:43

This time last year I was in your position, wanting a greenhouse but knowing that it would use up too much space in the garden - after a lot of research I bought one of these and I'm very pleased with it.  I've raised all my seeds in there, now I've got pots of cuttings in there.

It does everything I would want a greenhouse to do - I  also like to grow my toms outside. 

It wasn't too difficult to put together; some bits of it needed the two of us, one to hold and one to screw, but if you read the instructions carefully it's straight forward.

I bought it from the website I gave the link to, but there are other stockists including Notcutts. 

However, there are other wooden ones available which are much inferior, made of really trashy wood.


Posted: 11/08/2012 at 16:38
Shrinking Violet wrote (see)

If the fruit that you have tasted is sweet, then I doubt that they are damsons which are quite unplatable raw. 

There are 'dessert' damsons, one such variety is called 'Blue Violet'

Choosing a damson tree

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 16:20

I can recommend this nursery - they are happy to answer queries by email.  I'd be very tempted by the Blue Violet from the description, but I have no personal experience of any other than Merryweather which performed well for me in a previous garden, but the fruit was a little acid.

Winter containers

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 13:13

Last September I planted up a terracotta container with some dark purplish-red hyacinths, some pinkish Wanda primroses, a lighter pink hardy cyclamen and a light green miniature conifer about 12" tall.  There was something to look at all through the winter and in the spring when the hyacinths bloomed the perfume was gorgeous.

I shall do the same this year, I've saved the hyacinths and the conifer - the cyclamen perished and the primroses got planted in a border, so I'll get some more of those. 

Another very successful tub was planted with Panolas (a cross between pansies and violas)  they flowered their socks off all winter and were really quite cheap from Notcutts - several different colours available.

I also put a dozen Snow Bunting white crocuses in a smallish terracotta urn - planting them in layers - the flowers only lasted a couple of weeks, but when they were out, in the early spring when there was nothing much else about, they were an absolute picture.

Pink tulips with an underplanting of blue grape hyacinths or scilla is also a favourite - lovely by the front door in spring.

mushroom in my flowerbed

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 13:03

It's the warm damp weather, we've already had two 'flushes' of Blushers under the trees in our garden, much earlier than we would usually see them.

 I would just leave them and enjoy them as part of the wonderful variety that Nature shows us - there may have been a little spent mushroom compost used there at sometime, or they may be 'wild' fungi but they're unlikely to do any harm to your flowers.  In any case, the mushrooms are merely the fruiting body of a much larger 'plant' which is the mycelium growing underground.

Dreaded Tomato Blight

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 10:58

Thanks Italophile 

I've just been reading this

very interesting.

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