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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Young gooseberry plant - should the leaves fall off in winter?

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 23:02

This is pretty clear 

There are also some videos on YouTube if you like googling 

As you're really getting into pruning you might find 'How to Prune by John Cushnie' helpful - it really is the best book on pruning that I'm aware of and is my bible.  

It's available on Amazon, second hand copies go for very reasonable amounts.

Vine weevil evil :-(

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 22:38

Some of the Provado products have been banned, but not the vine weevil treatment.  Not sure why exactly .... 


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 22:35

Well, you lot may think you've had thunderstorms ......... but you ain't had nuthin compared with me!!! 

I drove down to the Suffolk coast and picked daughter in law up from the station with lightening dancing around us, and drove into their driveway just as the house next door was struck by lightening. 

The back of his roof is now in the garden and the tiles on the side are still in place but in fragments, and there are holes through into the loft space. Fortunately the tiles missed daughter in law's car and mine !

A house up the street was also struck and DS's friend's car has been badly smashed by falling rooftiles - the opticians in the High Street has also been struck. 

All power in 3 streets is off so there was no way to cook the fish pie I'd taken them, so we went off up to the sports club at the other side of town for scampi and chips. 
I've arrived home and OH has given me a large G&T 


Spring Onions

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 22:31

Hi, White Lisbon is a well known and frequently grown variety and most people find it trouble free provided the soil is prepared well.  A soil temperature of between 10 and 20C is good so don't start them off too early.  

There are also other more unusual varieties available, and I see no reason why these should be any more difficult to grow than the more common varieties


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 14:45

Nah, 26 ....... I'm going backwards 

Talkback: How to plant a bare-root rose

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 13:47

I would plant now and prune in late February - we may well get a cold snap before then, and any new growth might get nipped back so if you prune then it will give the resulting new growth a better chance 

Topping Monkey Puzzle Tree

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 13:24

You beat me to it blairs - absolutely agree. 

B&Q Bargains

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 13:23

They all look fine to me - bargain! 

I cut my autumn-fruiting raspberries down to about 12" from the ground. 

I think Tulameen should be treated as Summer fruiting. 


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 13:18
star gaze lily wrote (see)

.......... Dove, i thought you were only 27, 

I am Lily - that was just a disguise - the pic in the pool is the real me 

Pruning roses, beginner info

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 13:12

Hi, sorry - I'm not sure what's happened there - I typed a long post yesterday - perhaps I forgot to hit submit 

Anyway, that first one looks like a climber to me -  but it's not been trained and pruned terribly well.  I'd cut it all right down to about 12" from the ground - I know that seems drastic, but it will put out new growth from the base and then you can train it properly.   Doing this does mean that you may not get blooms this summer, but it will be unrecognisably better in future years 

It will need a bigger trellis or vine eyes and wires fixed to the wall - then the new growth should be trained as near to the horizontal as possible as this will encourage it to put out side shoots which is where most of the blooms will appear. When the plant has developed  and been trained properly it should be in a sort of fan shape.  

If it grows straight up as it is at the moment it will just have flowers at the top way above your head  

There's some info here which may be clearer

The other rose looks like a bush or shrub type rose and should be pruned as per the diagram in the David Austin link I posted earlier. 

Both of them should have a circle of at least 18" diameter of clear soil at their base, so that you can give them a feed of Fish Blood and Bone and a mulch of well rotted farm yard manure or garden compost.  Don't let the manure touch the stem of the bush or it will burn and damage it. 

When they flower post some pics on here and we can have a go at naming them 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Planning planting combinations

Your suggestions? 
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Courgettes - when dare I ............... ?

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Snowdrops in the green - offer

plant offer in the Guardian 
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Using water from flat roof

Is it ok for veg patch? 
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Pingles - old country name for ???

Does anyone remember .... 
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The first one I've seen this year - 2014

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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

Starting this Saturday 
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Pressure washer for terrace - time to buy

Any tips, recommendations or ones to avoid please 
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Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Is anyone interested in meeting up for a visit? 
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New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

A reason to get out there in the fresh air and count anything that's flowering .... 
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What is this ornamental tree please?

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A Holly Orchard

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Happy Endings

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Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Probably a little late for this year but .... 
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Growing Mushrooms

Has anyone done it on purpose? 
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