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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Ideas for a modular 'Vertical Garden' ?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 17:47

We have a fantastic living wall on the M&S in Norwich

 It's beautiful throughout the year.  I had a close look at it the other day - it seems to be made of lots of individual black plastic mesh pots slotted into a frame.  I'm sure it could be reproduced quite simply.

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 14:54

I do pay more and I'm happy to - we buy our milk from the local farm shop who buy it from a local farm - it's around £1.80 for 2 litres.

At Tesco it's apparently £1 for 2.27 litres.  Bdooly ridiculous!  How are farmers expected to make a living!  It's wicked and totally immoral

having trouble identifying a plant

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 13:50

It looks like Saponaria to me too - our neighbours let it roam over their back garden - we're trying to stop it invading ours - we're being fairly successful so far but we have to be vigilant.


Posted: 20/01/2015 at 12:57

Just back from a walk into the village to do some banking and pick up some bits and pieces from Waitrose - I made the most of my Waitrose card and had a free coffee while I read the newspaper.

It's a lovely day out there - chilly at 2.4C but perfect for a brisk walk and lots of flowers appearing in the gardens - snowdrops, crocuses and an anemone de Caen and the birds definitely think Spring's coming - they're singing really loudly

Rose rust - time to start again?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 12:36

I wouldn't get rid of the rose if you like it - if rust is in that area of the garden any rose will be susceptible. 

I would pick up and burn any fallen leaves and then give the area a good mulching to bury any spores that are on the soil surface.

This year pick off and burn any leaves with rust as soon as they appear and that should limit the spread.

Good luck

Apricots and Figs

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 11:49

I have my Brown Turkey fig in a large (20"x20"x20") square terracotta pot in a south-facing corner of the terrace.  It's in John Innes loam-based potting mix with added horticultural grit as it needs a very free-draining mix - however I find that despite this it needs plenty of water in dry spells as otherwise the leaves turn yellow and drop off. 

My mother in law has an apricot she planted a few years ago against a south-facing wall in an 8" channel between her patio and the wall - she virtually ignores it, hacks it back occasionally, never feeds it or pollinates it or protects it in any way and each year it's covered in delicious fruit.  It must be something to do with being in Lincolnshire

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 08:54
Daryl2 wrote (see)

I bought a new super-duper bird feeding station yesterday and put it up in the garden. Does that count as gardening? 

It's got a light dusting of snow on it this morning but no birds yet 

Definitely gardening - you're encouraging birds to predate on all those aphids

And don't worry - they'll find it.  Don't forget to sign up for the RSPB Big Great Garden Birdwatch - it's this weekend

Window box liners

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 08:27

That's a relief then Andrew sorry if we jumped the gun but this site gets it's fair share of companies thinking it's ok to plug their wares.  GW is a business that depends on advertising for its income so free-loading really isn't on. 

I hope you find what you're looking for


Posted: 20/01/2015 at 08:09

Glad you're ok Panda - just you take care of yourself   Not that many Panda's around - they're Endangered you know

Window box liners

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 07:56

Andrew - are you in the USA?  There's an American website selling exactly what you're talking about. 

One of the pictures they use is identical to yours, except that yours doesn't have the writing over it

Maybe yours is the original?

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