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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

transplanting wild bluebells

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 19:57

Bavbulbs - are they planted deeply enough?  The bulbs need to be at least 4" under ground  - if they're too shallow that can prevent flowering.

Good luck

Buddleia dying

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 19:38

That looks much better - rejuvenated!

Just an idea, next year - about the time that the contract gardeners usually perform their carry out their annual decimation of living matter in the garden - get a large sheet of cardboard and place it between the buddleia and the fence for a week or so until they've done their worst - it should help protect it from any 'splashes' of noxious stuff. 

It won't look that beautiful for a few days, but it'll look better than a semi-dead shrub

Corkscrew hazel

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 19:32

Just cut them out, otherwise they'll take over.  Sometimes corkscrew hazel will tend to revert like this, but if you cut the straight branches out as soon as possible there's no real problem.

What to plant on a long, narrow bank?

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 19:09

We had a similar (but very overgrown) bank when we moved here - we did what Curmudgeon suggested, creating a retaining wall two sleepers high, held in place with reinforcing rods drilled through the two sleepers and hammered into the ground about 18*.  We then backfilled with topsoil and now have a good herbaceous border - although ours is northfacing and shady.

 The Shady Bank in its first spring.

Plant ID

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 19:01

It can be monstrously difficult to dig out


Posted: 04/05/2015 at 18:59

Music festival sounds great RB

Cromer was absolutely lovely Chicky

Anybody been to Cheltenham Jazz Festival?  Just discovered that a friend of my daughter Wonky was performing there She has a fabulous voice.  I remember driving them both through Suffolk, all of us singing our heads off - I've sung with Alice Russell 

Rockery Stone seen on an episode of G World

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 18:38

Tufa is in short supply and very expensive, although there are some suppliers in the UK

Many people make an imitation 'rock' called hypertufa - details here


Posted: 04/05/2015 at 17:41

Hello folks - we're back

We had a lovely day at Cromer - a walk along the seafront, lots of browsing in shops full of seaside gifty stuff and galleries, then to the pier (winner of Pier of the Year 2015)


 then we had a very good lunch in the Courtyard behind the Wellington - we both had Cromer crab gratin with a herby green salad and a lovely citrus dressing - much better than we were expecting and we shall definitely go there again. We had intended to go to the Rocket House Café, but there was a long queue for a table (they have wonderful sea views), and the queues for the good fish and chip places were quite long too, so we took pot luck with the Welly and were very pleased. We had eaten there before but it was a long time ago.

After lunch we had a walk on the beach, then flopped on the shingle with icecreams

 We half expected to meet up with Verdun ...


 Then we walked back to the car, on the way buying a stick of rock for Ma, and drove home in the sunshine with the top down

Have I. Become a Victim?

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 17:20
Verdun wrote (see)

The internet is very useful.  But it issues confusing, conflicting info and cannot be relied upon for accuracy.

It does, but the same as with any source of information, I seek corroboration and look for evidence of authenticity and reliability before I decide what information to believe.

I don't believe everything I read in books either

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Congratulations to you both ... 
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ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
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Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
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Frost tonight!!!???

Check your local forecast ... 
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Clematis cuttings

Where shall I put them? 
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Visit The Old Vicarage Gardens East Ruston - Friday 5th June

Would anyone like to come along? 
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ID for hardy geranium please

Does anyone recognise this one? 
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Conference on Ancient Trees and Orchards

Open to all 
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Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

I couldn't resist ..................................... 
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Last Post: 24/05/2015 at 10:37

Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

Some like the shade, some need the sun, some like sun some of the time ... 
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Do bees become addicted? 
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Copper tape

What do your slugs make of it? 
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