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Latest posts by Dovefromabove


Posted: 20/03/2015 at 08:55

Good morning all   Just popping in on OH's laptop before I head for the dentist.  I've not even tried to turn my laptop back on yet - going to wait until OH has a moment to console me if it all goes wrong - he says he knows about the BIOS screen  I think it was Edd mentioned   We just need to find a moment or three to do it.  I've been applying myself to my knitting finishing daughter's cardi now that I've got the neck shaping sorted - plus quite a few phonecalls about Pa - he's very frail now and it's been decided that he won't get out of bed to sit in his chair any more   He's so weak he can hardly hold his upper body upright but bless him he leaned forward to pick something up and kept going forward and fell - he's not hurt but it just shows how frail he is.  He spends most of the day asleep anyway so he'll be fine in bed.  Ma sits with him holding his hand - she's told us that she met him recently and he's a lovely man and they're going to get married

Don't think we'll see the eclipse here - it's dull and overcast here I remember the last eclipse (well the total one in 1999) - I was working in a medieval building housing an art gallery and Early Music Centre - my boss was a lovely lass from Adelaide and we went out into the courtyard with pinhole thingies and had a fantastic view of the eclipse and a few glasses of something alchofrolic

Punkdoc - you'll have to learn to keep that new car of yours under control!!!  Sounds as if it might be a bit more exciting than you thought

Suggestions for Hiding Ugly Back Fence

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 12:31
GemmaJF wrote (see)

Don't forget the wild honeysuckle Dove 

How could I have forgotten that?

Suggestions for Hiding Ugly Back Fence

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 12:26

I think we need Andrew to come back and give us a bit more information


Posted: 19/03/2015 at 12:14

Verdun, it's reached the dizzy height of 8.2C here, but the wind's coming from the northeast, straight off the North Sea - did you know that the reason Cromer crabs are so much smaller and sweeter than the ones down south is because they grow more slowly in the colder water of the North Sea. 

Suggestions for Hiding Ugly Back Fence

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 12:09

I love the fact there's a hedge at the end of the garden, it softens the transition from the garden to whatever is on the other side.  Fences can look so severe and a bit claustophobic - I'm with Gemma - put in some new wildlife-friendly hedging, maybe higher at the sides and lower in the middle to 'frame' the view - the hedging could then have things like wild clematis (Traveller's Joy/Columbine) and the wild Dog Rose weaving through it, and with any luck you'll get hedgehogs hibernating in the bottom of the hedge


Posted: 19/03/2015 at 12:01

Brrrrrrrrrrrr!  Just been up to the farm shop - everyone's shivering!!! 

I've come back with some pork chops and sweet potatoes - I'll bake the potatoes and we'll open a tin of sweet corn to go with them and the chops for supper. 

I also came home with a small bag of Liquorice Torpedoes


Posted: 19/03/2015 at 11:14

I haven't seen any here this year so far - we had one visit the garden last year and I know there are woodpeckers (Green and Gt Spotted) in the area - I see them and hear them drumming on the dead poplars down by the grazing marshes and hear them yaffling early on summer mornings

Problems with Kalanchoes

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 11:11

Have you removed the caterpillar and put it on the birdtable? If so, then it probably had a friend or two.

Try spreading your fingers either side of the base of the plant so that they cover the compost, then turn the plant upside down and swish it around in some lukewarm water with a squirt of washing up liquid in it - that may well flush the little beggar out

anyone willing to take me out for a day to learn a thing or two?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 09:59

Lots of YouTube videos online - but I don't think you should be charging people if you've had no formal training or at least years and years of experience - I've been gardening for years, but I'd not charge anyone for doing anything - however I know times are hard out there for some folk and sometimes you have to just turn your hand to almost anything

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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

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Copper tape

What do your slugs make of it? 
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Plant ID please

Any better ideas ... 
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First Pickings 2015

Those first rewards from the fruit and veg patch 
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The Chelsea Fringe

Is there an event in your area? 
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Snowdrops to see in East Yorkshire

Snowdrop Spectacular!!! 
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Norfolk bargains?

Trachycarpus fortuneii 
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Winterwatch BBC2

Starts this evening 9.00pm 
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Please help me choose 
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Trees and their relationships

Interesting info about fungi, microrhyzal organisms and trees 
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New Year Gardening Resolutions

What do you really mean to do differently in 2015? 
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Formatting Problems

There's a rogue thread 
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