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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:47

Not me artjak - I'm 26 now - I've had a birthday and am going backwards - as long as the Pensions People don't find out!  Happy Birthday to you by the way 

Shoz2 - welcome 


Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:34

Looks drier in your garden than in mine KEF - think I'd be getting rid of those dead primula leaves - they'll just attract them there slugs 

miserable strawberry leaves

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:31

Yes, take all dead and dying leaves off - they'll just attract the slugs 

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:30

David - hope the heating problem gets resolved before too long and without too much trouble - son and daughter in law have a dodgy boiler at the moment, and are keeping their fingers very crossed 

Cats in Gardens

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:12
RubyLeaf wrote (see)
OR garden? Who puts a litter tray in their garden? I've never read such a daft thing. Also why do you think its a good idea to put cats on a lead? They're not a pack animal. Not every cat is going to "enjoy" being on a lead. You cannot fully train a cat like a dog. Cats love to wonder. They're not going to trot all the way back to your own garden to do toilet business in a litter tray or in the garden.

I'm just a little angry how you think cats can be treated like dogs. I can only assume you're as angry with have had cats do their pooping and what not in your garden. If so I'm sorry to hear that. My nan had trouble with cats digging up her bulbs =/. I hope you, and all others find better and more practical solutions though


Perfectly reasonable thing to do - when we had cats that's what we did.  We had a large shallow  container of dry builders' sand in the open lean-to where the logs were stored - it stayed dry and was accessible to our cats whenever they were outside and they used it.  

Our neighbours said that our cats did not use their gardens and they certainly did not use my flower beds or veg garden.  The sand was changed regularly and it was no bother.  It would be helpful if all cat owners did a similar thing and encouraged their cats to use it.  

By their nature it might not prevent cats from occasionally pooping elsewhere, but it helps control the problem if they know of somewhere suitable outside that they can use, just as they use the cat litter indoors. 


Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:02

I've just taken a couple of pics of two of my hellebores and put them on Camera Corner - they're looking gorgeous at the moment 

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:00

 Helleborus hybridus Mrs Betty Ranicar

 Helleborus orientalis Tutu

Two of my hellebores looking gorgeous today 

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 12:51

Yes Verdun,  I bought a few last year Hosta Stained Glass was a special one I treated myself to when we visited Burncoose - it's a beauty, described here as 

Hosta 'Stained Glass' (Hansen/Shady Oaks, 99) LARGE (20" high by 42" wide.) Fragrant white flowers; This Hans Hansen introduction is a marked improvement on the wildly popular H. 'Guacamole' from which it mutated. The brilliantly shiny golden foliage is surrounded by a 2" wide dark green margin. This incredibly vigorous sun-tolerant grower makes a 3-4' wide clump, topped in late summer with large, very fragrant, light lavender flowers! Hosta of the Year 2006. Sun tolerant

I plan to keep it in a large terracotta pot and hope I can do it justice 

splitting rhubarb

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 12:16

If it's a reasonable size this year I'd pull a few sticks when they're ready.  I love rhubarb but I only have one plant as I don't have room  for more.  

I put a forcing pot (you can use an upturned bucket) over the clump in the winter (you can do it now) so that the stems are protected and grow a bit earlier and are a bit sweeter.

This is not forcing in the traditional way, where you dig the roots up and expose them to frost then put them in a warm shed - if you do that then you do not crop them the following year, but just placing a pot over them does not stress the plant and I do it every year.

 I just don't harvest the rhubarb after early June, to give it a chance to build up the crown for the following year.  

Give it plenty of organic compost of farm yard manure as a mulch and plenty of water in the summer if we get a dry spell and it'll be fine. 

Your plant probably isn't ready to divide yet - if you want another plant I'd buy one, but as I say, I find one is enough for the two of us. 


Posted: 02/02/2014 at 12:09

I've just been out there poking around seeing what's coming up - lots of tulips and crocuses, and the pots of hyacinths have flower buds peeping up - I've got some tiny native primroses that I sowed last year - just little tiny plants now but hopefully they'll flower next spring, and the sweet violets   and the Fritillaria Imperialis are showing signs of life too    but it's too boggy to be doing much out there   just walk around and get excited 'cos spring's coming 

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

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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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