Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Pruning hornbeam hedge

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 16:12

I would shorten the side shoots - the long ones by one third and the shorter ones just tip.  I don't think I'd reduce the height.  It should normally be done in August, but I'd do it now as you've not done it.

That's going to look fabulous in a few years' time. 

Raising height of standard (lollipop) topiary

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 16:06

I agree Nut - I don't think it's possible to raise the height of a standard once it's been 'stopped' in order to form the head.  

Unkillable Aconitum

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 15:56

Promise it to a friend - in my experience it will promptly turn up its toes and expire. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 15:51

Just straining apple and mint to make mint jelly tomorrow 

Searching for old threads

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 14:52

You need to put the title or something as near to it as possible, or subject of the thread e.g. 'pruning roses' into the search box at the top right, and then select the option 'Forum' and go through all the results to find the one you want.

winter growths

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 13:30

In the second half of October I'll be sowing broad beans - Aquadulce Claudia - they will start to grow and overwinter to give you an early crop in May - usually way too early to succumb to aphid attack like later sown beans.  

This variety has withstood 9 weeks of being under snow in the winter, and still given me a good crop. 

Lawn care

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 13:24

Magnum, if you want a recommendation - I use Evergreen 4 in 1 lawn treatment in the spring. You can even buy it in Tesco and Asda nowadays. It kills off moss and weeds and feeds the grass.  Use it carefully according to the instructions for amounts etc, and when to apply and when to water etc, and it will be fine.  

The moss will turn black - that is to be expected - then you rake it out, either by hand with a spring tine rake or you can buy an electric lawn rake and scarifier.

I' have one of these 

It's a shame - a fortnight ago it was on offer for £49.  

Hope that helps 

Last edited: 15 September 2016 13:25:52

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 11:15
Hostafan1 says:

lush verdant sward here. Pygmy tribes are moving in as we speak.

 ( can we use the word " pygmy" these days? )

See original post


Interesting musings on that issue here /

Love Greg Laden's blog 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 11:05

Haven't got any grass here to cut Hosta - just brown stubble 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

A friendly place where everyone is welcome to chat about all sorts of things  
Replies: 1184    Views: 29789
Last Post: Today at 11:26

New Year's Day 2017 Flower Count

What is blooming in your garden? 
Replies: 48    Views: 1794
Last Post: 04/01/2017 at 16:35

RIP Rick Parfitt

Replies: 5    Views: 417
Last Post: 26/12/2016 at 12:31

Stolen wheelbarrow in Cornwall

Replies: 4    Views: 463
Last Post: 20/12/2016 at 10:12

Brrrrrrrrrrr! Cold night ahead

Temperatures are going to drop like a stone 
Replies: 9    Views: 512
Last Post: 28/11/2016 at 07:18

Loose brick

Do you have an easy DIY solution? 
Replies: 11    Views: 576
Last Post: 26/11/2016 at 10:46

The things gardeners get up to!

Replies: 6    Views: 440
Last Post: 24/11/2016 at 08:15

Muscari parviflorum

Does anyone know this plant? 
Replies: 1    Views: 272
Last Post: 16/11/2016 at 15:48

Anyone following the cricket?

England's tour of India 
Replies: 4    Views: 254
Last Post: 10/11/2016 at 15:17

French gardeners - do you know this viburnum?

Replies: 5    Views: 361
Last Post: 17/10/2016 at 17:29

Bressingham Gardens autumn colour

The Dell Garden and Foggy Bottom looking a picture in October 2016 
Replies: 31    Views: 1115
Last Post: 21/10/2016 at 23:15

A golden fastigiate yew?

Which ... 
Replies: 3    Views: 308
Last Post: 04/10/2016 at 16:54

Apple Day Events 2016

Dates and Locations etc - is there one near you? 
Replies: 0    Views: 273
Last Post: 28/09/2016 at 13:47

Normal for Norfolk???

Replies: 23    Views: 1001
Last Post: 10/09/2016 at 09:10

Wot izzit?

Plant ID please 
Replies: 7    Views: 413
Last Post: 30/08/2016 at 13:55
1 to 15 of 190 threads