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Latest posts by Dovefromabove


Posted: 11/01/2014 at 10:03

Snowdrops can be very picky can't they - but when they're happy ......... so glorious 

Lawn revival got me thinking

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 09:59

My lawn has fashionable pretensions; it's becoming a wildflower lawn without any help from me at all 

Wasn't it sad to see that couple opt for the Astroturf lawn 


Posted: 11/01/2014 at 09:58

Chicky, that must be so pretty later in the year  - what it needs just now are some C. coum and snowdrops 

Bird feeders

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 08:47

Because that piece is obviously better than the other pieces - otherwise why would the others want it? 

Bird feeders

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 08:12

I suppose we could always count all weekend, dividing the individual hours up, and submit the hour with the highest number - if we were feeling that competitive and if we had nothing better to do 

I think the birds know their being watched that weekend and go into hiding - our feeders are usually full of birds but never anything much on birdwatch weekend.  

Or do you think it's because lots more people are putting food out just for that weekend so they're spoilt for choice and neglect their old haunts?


Posted: 11/01/2014 at 08:02

Good morning Lily - I slept really well thanks,  but we were early to bed as OH needed to be at work for 7 so I was wide awake at 6 

Just dashed out and saw a heron flying over the garden towards the marshes, calling as it went 

OH brought some slightly over-ripe pears home from the farm shop yesterday, so I think I might bake Delia's Pear and Almond Streusel Cake later today 

Ground Cover

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 07:44

I think I'd be looking at some of the ornamental grasses, planted in drifts they'd look gorgeous, the movements in the breeze would be lovely.  Many of them would self-seed or spread by stolons so would colonise a bank quite easily - you could also mingle some hardy flowers amongst them to create a sort of prairie planting scheme - rudbeckias, verbascums, achilleas ............... it would look gorgeous and wouldn't require much looking after.

Some ideas here 


Posted: 11/01/2014 at 07:30

Good morning all   I got back from my walk in the drizzle an hour ago and have been catching up with emails and drinking coffee.   I know our forecast is for sunshine, but it doesn't look promising - I think today might be a baking and knitting day.

((hugs)) for all that need them today.

Tough shrub for shady, windy spot

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 07:26

I've seen Soft Caress in the local GC recently - it looks a pretty thing, but without the architectural qualities of M. japonica  as far as I can tell. 

Tough shrub for shady, windy spot

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 19:42

You know me Verdun, I love hollies, and there's lots of lovely varieties available 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Planning planting combinations

Your suggestions? 
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Last Post: 24/03/2014 at 11:57

Courgettes - when dare I ............... ?

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Last Post: 15/03/2014 at 23:19

Snowdrops in the green - offer

plant offer in the Guardian 
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Last Post: 04/03/2014 at 08:00

Using water from flat roof

Is it ok for veg patch? 
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Last Post: 14/03/2014 at 13:28

Pingles - old country name for ???

Does anyone remember .... 
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Last Post: 21/02/2014 at 10:05

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

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Last Post: 22/03/2014 at 12:18

New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

Starting this Saturday 
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Last Post: 31/01/2014 at 10:05

Pressure washer for terrace - time to buy

Any tips, recommendations or ones to avoid please 
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Last Post: 27/01/2014 at 20:27

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Is anyone interested in meeting up for a visit? 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 17:33

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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Last Post: 03/01/2014 at 17:42

What is this ornamental tree please?

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Last Post: 06/01/2014 at 22:12

A Holly Orchard

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Last Post: 28/12/2013 at 14:46

Happy Endings

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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 17:57

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Probably a little late for this year but .... 
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Last Post: 06/01/2014 at 08:23

Growing Mushrooms

Has anyone done it on purpose? 
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Last Post: 28/11/2013 at 01:00
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