Dovefromabove


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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 13:39

It's turned mizzly out there   Seeds are now in two

boxes labelled Sow March/April and Sow April/May.

Think this afternoon is for knitting and the Cheltenham Festival   

I don't really follow horseracing, but I grew up with point to pointers and steeplechase trainers in the family - we once nearly won the Grand National but the jockey fell off two fences from the finish when they were in the lead  - the horse still came in first but that doesn't count   Anyway, I do like to watch the magnificent steeplechase horses occasionally (not so keen on the flat race types).

Straight to curved

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 13:29

Yes, I'd widen the whole bed as much as possible, making it one bug curve, so that piece of lawn is almost like a semi-circle - even do the same on the right and make the far piece of lawn circular and then a semi-circle at this end linked to each other like three-quarters of a fat figure of eight. 

Searching on forum

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 13:24

None of us seem to remind repeating ourselves

Help with leggy new privet hedge

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 13:07

Cutting it back will encourage new side shoots to grow so that it bushes out into a good dense hedge.  I'd cut it down to about knee height and give it a feed of Fish, Blood and Bone - privet is a greedy plant.

Talkback: How to maintain a garden pond

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 12:14

We've got a small wildlife pond - we use Blagdon's Barley Straw Extract and Blagdon's Sludge Control as directed by the instructions, and it keeps the algae/blanket weed and sludge under control without harming the wildlife. You can get it via Amazon and some garden centres have it.

 

Garden Ponds...

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 11:41

It must have been very large - it was in a separate lean-to enclosure with an 'observation deck' - apparently it had to have planning permission - sounds huge!

Fennel

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 11:37

  Lots of info here re growing Florence fennel https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/vegetables/florence-fennel

We love eating it so I'm going to try growing it for the first time, if I can squeeze it into my veg patch ... I may have to extend it  

New flower bed

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 11:00

If they are leylandii you won't have any room for anything else in a couple of years - and they'll take all the moisture and goodness out of the soil so nothing else will grow anyway. 

I'd get rid of those trees and go with Busy-Lizzie's suggestions - it'll look gorgeous and provide year round colour and interest.

Rescuing my grass?

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 10:54

You wouldn't spike it to try to deal with possible compaction?  I'm presuming there was rubble, sand or something on that tarpaulin...

Can anyone ID this pond insect for me?

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 10:52

I think it's an immature form of one of the Diving beetles, possibly Gt Diving Beetle.  They take quite a while to transmogrify in several stages from the larvae to the mature beetle.

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

ID please

Rudbeckia??? 
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Hosta! Where's Hosta?

Look at the canna you gave us! 
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Salvia greggii and Clem Daniel Deronda

Moving them about ... two questions ...  
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HELLO FORKERS AUGUST EDITION

A friendly place where we can chat to each other about all sorts of things ... everyone welcome  
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Gardener's Garters

Phlaris arundinacea var. Picta 
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Blight resistant tomatoes

 
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Such a handsome chap

Look who I found  
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ID please

 
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A place with some land?

Who was it that wanted to get away from it all? 
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Espaliered pear tree - when to let it produce fruit?

 
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Clematis - Daniel Deronda - odd coloured flower

 
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HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

A friendly place where we can chat to each other about all sorts of things - everyone welcome!  
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Choose just one ...

If you were coming here with us today what would you get? 
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Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Forest Blue'

Do you know it? Do you grow it? 
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Swallows, swifts and martins - have you seen them yet?

Tracking their arrival 
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