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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Snow Damage to Californian Lilac

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 14:12

I'd replace it - they do hate root disturbance so what has happened sounds like bad news to me.  Rather than waste a year trying to save it I'd grasp the nettle and hoik it out now and get another one - perhaps a deciduous one this time to try to guard against snow damage?


Posted: 01/02/2015 at 14:06

The birds certainly think that spring's on the way Clari - all sorts of Woodpigeon shenanigans going on out there this lunchtime, plus Mr and Mrs Blackbird and Mr and Mrs Bluetit very obviously paired up.

By the way, if Hostafan's about - just wanted to wish him and his OH a lovely holiday - hope his gammy knee doesn't stop them having a fantastic time.  Don't worry about  your garden, we'll keep an eye on it for you

Pruning Raspberries

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 12:12

If they're summer fruiting raspberries then the canes that fruited last summer are likely to have been tied to the supports while the new canes are loose and will need tieing in.

When did the previous owner vacate the plot?  That might give us another clue

What's on your wishlist?

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 11:39

I've always wanted one of these - I think I might have found room for it

Pruning Raspberries

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 11:32

Are there any newer looking canes which don't show any signs of having borne fruit?  If so then I think you've got summer ones - prune out the old ones and leave the younger ones, tying them in to a supporting framework.

If all the canes look about the same age then they're likely to be autumn fruiting - cut them all down to ground level. 

If there's a supporting framework in place that might also give you a clue as summer fruiting raspberries need a taller support than autumn ones.


Posted: 01/02/2015 at 10:58

I had a wireless remote weather station for Christmas Lesley - I'd asked Father Christmas for a rain gauge but he brought the all singing all dancing version.  We just haven't set it up yet - not quite sure where to put it as it needs to be fixed to a fence post or similar - I'm trying to find somewhere that isn't in a rainshadow from the trees or next door's garage or similar ....


Posted: 01/02/2015 at 09:13

Anyone else watching the tennis?

Worm infestation in grass

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 09:09

I agree too

But if using the space 52 weeks of the year is important for Helmik and household, then a lawn probably isn't the best solution

And I know lots of successful small gardens that don't have lawns

plant / weed id please

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 07:48

I don't think that's feverfew - I think the the leaflets of feverfew are broader and shorter. 

But I'm not convinced its cow parsley either - it just isn't quite right - but cow parsley has lots of similar relatives. 

Have a look at the leaf stems - if they have a groove or channel running along the upper surface then it's likely to be cow parsley Anthriscus sylvestris. 

I'd be more convinced if I could crush the leaves and smell it.  I spent my childhood picking armsfull of cow parsley for our pet rabbits.


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