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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Great gardening weather

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 19:47

Hope everyone's ok - just heard from a friend in Greater London that they've had a tornado!  She's not been out to look at the garden yet

The Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 19:40

Really enjoying the grasses - I can see I'm going to have to dig some more of the lawn up

Which garden would you pick?

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 19:38

I would visit all three, and Kiftsgate ... somehow

I hope we have a wonderful spring and that by May the gardens are at their absolute beautiful best for you


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 16:51

Cytisus battandieri KEF?  One of my favourite shrubs to grow against a warm wall, but I've never had the right place so I've never had one   There was one in the garden at my friend's pub - lovely lazy lunchtimes in the beergarden with the wonderful perfume of the Pineapple Broom.


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 15:03

It's chilly here in Norfolk and I've just tweaked the radiator valve up a bit - and it's tipping it down outside. 

I'm feeling very virtuous going through a box of plant labels and writing up what I've planted and where.  When I've got that done I'll go back and add pruning groups and other relevant stuff.     And before you ask me Verdun, I don't have time to do it for anyone else

Advice on timber for garden fence

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 14:25

I am so lucky - my builder and his men are into gardening and wildlife (as well as fishing and football ) and have completely re-fenced my garden, built a terrace and then painted the fences, (and made me a wildlife pond) and done no damage to my plants    If you live in Norfolk or North Suffolk I can recommend them


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 13:31

I have a lot of time for Chris Beardshaw too - he grows in stature with every tv appearance. 

And as for Toby B's abysmal time at GW - we should thank our lucky stars that MD is a man of principle and didn't allow the producers to continue in their aim to turn GW into Top Gear Mk 2.   He told them that he would do it his way or not at all and has stuck to his guns for which I am very thankful. 

If anyone here watches the BBC programme Food & Drink they cannot fail to have noticed that the new series (fronted by Tom Kerridge - a chef I had a lot of respect for) has changed from a sensible, enjoyable and informative programme and is veering towards being a blokey laugh-a-minute 'life-style' programme just like Top Gear!  That's what they wanted to do to GW before MD dug his heels in


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 12:54

Stay indoors Bill!!! Brrrrrrrr!!!

wind proofing fences

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 09:54

I don't think that climbers on the fence panels will help matters - might even make things worse as the wind would catch the foliage etc and buffet it and that would weaken the fence panels.

But, you could put some posts and trellis or wire mesh about a foot in front of the fence and grow climbers up that - it would shield the fence by filtering the wind and reducing its power. 

It's my birthday

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 09:38

I think Lyn should have a purple fairy outfit too  

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