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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

How can I get my geraniums to grow this year?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:12

I think that we need a mixture of basic scientific knowledge and our own experience - scientists carry out their research under controlled conditions -  we endure and labour on under the vagaries of climate, soil and predation. 

Of course we should know the basics of what scientists tell us - and then use our ongoing experience to temper that information to particular conditiions - after all, sound observation and empirical evidence is what good science is based on.

The whole point of this forum is to share our experience with others - otherwise we could just point enquirers at a good book. 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:02
Verdun wrote (see)

Fighting.......again?  Dove 

Maybe .... just a little ........ with some hairy bittercress and twitch! 

best plant food /fertiliser for my garden.

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:59

I top dress the beds with home made compost and well-rotted farm yard manure, and a sprinkling of FB&B in the spring and again in early summer.  

Plants that produce a lot of blooms, like clematis and roses also get a watering of soluble potash in early spring and again in the summer.  


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:53

Good morning Verdun and Fidget 

If today goes according to plan, I'm expecting to be feeling a bit stiff and sore by this time tomorrow morning

Stimulating Privet Hedge growth

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:42

Yes, cut it back - growth follows the knife = old gardening saying 

Frog orgy

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:37

Perfectly normal - it's what I would expect.  Last spring it was so cold for so long they had to cram all their 'activity' into a very short spell - this year the weather is milder earlier and this behaviour is perfectly normal.    

When I was a child I could hear the noise from the farmyard pond when I was put to bed, and for a week or more it was my excuse for not being able to get to sleep, so '....please can I read for a bit longer?' 

 Make sure you leave some long grass and plants near to your pond for the froglets to hide in when they first emerge from the pond  so they don't all fall prey to crows, cats, herons etc

Peter Beales

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:31

Monty's instructions here are spot on 

And yes, the Beales family have had a very sad time of late   

The firm is local to me and I think they're one of the best there is.


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:25

Hope you had a better night Nut 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:23

Morning KEF 

I don't have the energy to do it any more Mattbeer but it was fun while I did it - and anyway - teenagers don't really want silver-haired ladies hanging out with them - now if I dyed some pink stripes into it .... 

Vertical gardening ideas

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:20

Our local M&S has a wonderful living wall 

and down in Suffolk Adnams brewery have this wonderful sedum roof on their distribution centre I drive past it when I visit my parents, and it looks fantastic, the range of colours it has developed are wonderful. 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Decision of the day

..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Result of RHS Survey 
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Planning planting combinations

Your suggestions? 
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Courgettes - when dare I ............... ?

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Snowdrops in the green - offer

plant offer in the Guardian 
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Using water from flat roof

Is it ok for veg patch? 
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Pingles - old country name for ???

Does anyone remember .... 
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The first one I've seen this year - 2014

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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

Starting this Saturday 
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Pressure washer for terrace - time to buy

Any tips, recommendations or ones to avoid please 
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Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Is anyone interested in meeting up for a visit? 
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New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

A reason to get out there in the fresh air and count anything that's flowering .... 
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What is this ornamental tree please?

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A Holly Orchard

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Happy Endings

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