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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

The reason I'm not weeding

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 08:55

The west facing front border has a lot of chickweed in it at the moment - and I'm not going to weed it out just yet - in this hot dry weather the chickweed is acting as a mulch, keeping the sun off the clematis roots and helping to prevent evaporation when I've done the watering.

When the weather cools down the chickweed is easily removed, and if it's self-seeded it won't be a big problem to hoe the seedlings out next spring.

Just thought I'd let you know, there are good reasons for not weeding the garden ... sometimes

Climbing Roses

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 08:50

I think I'd leave the perennials as they are now, then move them when you transplant the roses into bigger containers in the autumn

But make sure the roses are getting enough water - leaf cover over the pot from the perennials will keep any rain away from the rose roots.

Hanging a pot

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 08:45

I think we need photos

double helping of Monty

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 08:37
Buttercupdays wrote (see)

Dishevelled cottage? Got that in spades. ...

We're doing 'dishevelled cottage' quite well too at the moment

Rats and Mice in my garden!

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 08:33

Glad you're getting it sorted.  I wouldn't chuck the vegetables, but if it puts your wife's mind at rest

I've always said that decking provides the perfect home for rats I blame Alan Titchmarsh

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 08:28
My garden early this morning ...

Dappled morning light

Clematis viticella Venosa Violacea

The shady corner with pottet ferns, hellebores and a pulmonaria waiting to be planted.

Hosta Blue Angel and Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate'

David Austin rose 'Mayflower' and Geranium 'Rozanne'

By the pond

Rio Negra lilies and the grapevine by the terrace


 I love the dappled light in this garden in the mornings


Posted: 05/07/2015 at 08:10

Good morning Verdun

It's a glorious morning here - still and calm, with just the sound of birdsong and the buzzing of bees.

I've been out in my jimjams taking photos I've put some on Garden Pictures thread.

However, the front lawn could certainly do with some rain ..... it's nearly the same colour as the parquet floor in here!!!


Posted: 05/07/2015 at 07:56

I agree - I don't use anything on my tomatoes (or on potatoes when I grow them ).

Good ventilation, careful watering, plenty of air flow around the plants and twice daily minimum inspection and the picking off of any suspect leaflets at the first signs of blight seems to work for me.

yes, it's me again ....

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 07:52

Oh, is that blue?  Don't use it here. 

Hydrangea going brown

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 07:46

Leave the flower heads on - fading hydrangea flowers look beautiful - and lots of people dry them and use their beautiful muted colours indoors.  Just google 'drying hydrangea flowers' and you'll get lots of ideas.

But yes, I agree with Verdun, that pot's too small and I too would use John Innes Ericaceous compost for hydrangeas.

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