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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

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 

Whats happening?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:43

Smokin Donkey is in France.

I'd be very happy indeed if we had a few more summers like this one has been so far.  One of the best gardening summers I've known in a long while. 

what is this climbing weed? Any ideas?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:38

But a weed is just something growing in the wrong place - maybe once the poster knows what it is, it won't be a weed 


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:28

You can, but it is in the nature of honeysuckles to grow upwards and have their foliage and flowers towards the top of the plant.  In the wild the stems scramble up through hedgerows until they reach the sunlight  before putting on leaves and flowers.

You may find it more useful to plant something in front of the honeysuckle to hide the bare stems, rather than try unsuccessfully to encourage it to leaf up lower down.


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:03

It wasn't for food - OH wanted to get some paint and 'liquid refreshment' - much more important 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Just some of the ways they help us 
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To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
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