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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:22

I have two groups of three large hostas - Sum & Substance  and Blue Angel - they look fantastic grouped together - individual hostas I keep in pots and move them around the terrace according to where the shade is at different times of the year.

Verdun, I think blue hostas keep their colour better if you can keep them sheltered from heavy rain - difficult I know down in your tropical paradise 

Pruning/cutting a 50yr apple tree

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:18

Hi Harras

The problem with pruning , as you've probably found, is that it stimulates growth, so cutting a branch back may only be a temporary solution.  In some of the old orchards I used to know (mainly grubbed up now sadly) old trees were supported by large wooden props braced against the lower branches - I don't know if that's a possibility for your tree?

There's some info here 

It also suggests pruning on the opposite side to the way the tree is leaning, thus encouraging more growth on that side to even up the weight distribution - well worth considering. 

As for getting mistletoe to 'take' on your tree, info here 


Chilling with the Chives

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 10:07

Yes, it's a shame that some people only see this forum as a chance to sell rather than to share 


Posted: 02/02/2014 at 10:03

 A birthday cake for Artjak 

Have a lovely day!!! 

60cm Plant Pot (For Apple Trees)

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 09:28

I would think you'll find what you need here


Osmanthus burkwoodii

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 09:21

Hi Possum , I agree with Verdun - they don't like being mollycoddled indoors - what's the coldest it would get to outside where you are?  Your plants should be pretty hardy and able to withstand a fairly hard frost, although the fact that they're in pots would make them a bit more vulnerable - I think I'd have wrapped the pots with a few layers of bubble wrap and left them outside.  

Of course, they'd be even better planted in the ground - is that not possible? 


Posted: 02/02/2014 at 08:33

Good morning all   ((hugs)) for those who had a rotten night - I hate that .  Treat yourselves gently this morning folks - but don't forget the Yorkies (puddings, not bars )

I've been out and had my stomp and now the sun's shining on the willows on the hill and they look beautiful 

ORCHIDS/London Plants show

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 20:50

Bumping this up so that people don't miss it 

Advice on new-build garden

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 20:48

Yes, make sure that they don't leave you with loads of rubble buried under a few inches of topsoil 


Posted: 01/02/2014 at 20:22

Don't think so - it's not sitting in a complete puddle is it? 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Decision of the day

..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Result of RHS Survey 
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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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