Latest posts by Dovefromabove

curled leaves on pepper plant

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 22:26

Peppers prefer to be kept a bit on the dry side. 

Fig Tree - Problem?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 22:20

It looks as if it needs watering.

mine is 4 years old and is in a pot 20" x 20" x 20" in mix of John Innes no 3 loam based compost with added grit. It gets at least a bucket full of water most days in the summer and tomato fertiliser once a week. 

creeping jenny

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 21:49

Rob  after three years it's getting the hang of things and is beginning to spread nicely around the shallow edges of the pond  but certainly not rampant and I really can't imagine it running riot over eight gardens and growing over a wall 

By the way - mine is the green version. 

gallery of shame

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 21:33
plant pauper says:

I've heard it all now! The problem is the garden's square!

Are you saying there's not a single hidey behindy bit anywhere?

See original post

 Nope - not one!  

Three house windows along the back of the house 

1.  Dining room - two linked water butts under the dining room window sill

2.  Kitchen window - outdoor tap and drain under the kitchen window

3.  Studio window - big glass sliding wall from floor to ceiling, opening out onto the dining area of the terrace.

You see, nowhere there to hid stuff 'under the windowsill'.

The Clematis Montana is on the back fence, under the big ash tree up on the Shady Bank - can't keep junk up there - it'd block the 'hedgehog gate' under the fence and stop the hedgehogs getting in.  

No ivy - by agreement with the neighbours - when we moved here there was ivy up to the eaves and in the attic, not to mention fences covered with ivy at least six feet thick - which fell down in a heavy rainstorm two weeks after we moved in 

You see, no hidey corners ... not once we'd got rid of that lot ... 

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Posted: 31/07/2016 at 21:03

Dew Drops ((hugs))  both Wonky and I can vouch for the therapeutic value of gardening at times at great stress.  We can also vouch for the efficacy of the support given by Friendly Forkers - they're a smashing bunch 

gallery of shame

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 20:39

The problem with our garden is that it is square and has no nooks or out of the way corners to hide things in/behind . we can see it all from the house windows ... including the untidy bits ... does somewhat focus the mind on occasional tidying 

Salt Water to Kill Weeds

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 19:50

Yes, salt water will kill your grass - have a look here

also put Horsetail into the search bar at the top of this page.

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creeping jenny

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 19:47

Are we really talking about Lysimachia nummularia?   I've struggled to get this established in a damp area of this garden - and it's supposed to love damp; it's sold as a pond marginal and for bog gardens. 


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 18:49
Fairygirl says:

....Dove - I went out....can you keep them till next weekend for me?  ....

 Not sure what I'd do with them Fairy ... already got one of my own you see   ............. maybe Hosta would like them ... he could use them to move that big rock of his 

First garden seat has been rubbed down and had it's first coat - OH took over and finished it for me as my tea making and chicken roasting skills were required ... 

Roast chicken, herby stuffing, cauli in white sauce and minted new potatoes with gravy have been eaten and OH is washing up.  Plenty of chicken left for a salad tomorrow as we're expecting the man to service the boiler at some time between 2 - 6 tomorrow so the kitchen will be out of action. 

Flowers / buds turning brown before even opening

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 18:09

I had a large-flowering clematis which formed beautiful buds a few years ago - and then the all buds went brown and withered - we'd had a very dry spring.  I installed a soaker hose along that fence and ever since then I use it during dry spells - the clematis has flowered beautifully ever since. 

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