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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

So many frosts

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 11:54

Brrrrrrrrrr! Obelixx - hopefully mine won't be tested that severely - we do benefit from being quite close to the city - although the north - easterlies don't half chill the bone!

Growing Tea

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 11:31

Snap Steephill!!!


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:48

Yvie - that's rotten luck

Verdun, get dry and have a hot toddy or you'll catch cold!!!

Ciggies in cars Grrrrrr!!!  The first time I ever had a new (brand new!!!) car the then OH (now ex!!!)  let his father smoke a cigar in it!!!  The smell next morning, and for months afterwards, was foul   And that was in the days when I was a smoker!

Pond plants

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:40

We used it in small tanks at school - those little ones 18" wide x 12" x12"  - it was fine


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:37

For the climbing hydrangea (petiolaris) you need to prune it straight after it's flowered, cutting back the flowering branches and any others that are spreading out of it's allotted territory.  You can be quite firm with it and cut it close to the wall - if it's happy and growing well it'll soon put on some more growth which will flower the following year

If you need to give it a bit of an urgent trim back, you can just cut back the branches that are in the way now, and do the rest after flowering.


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:30

Try using stump-rooted varieties as they don't need as much depth - Chantenay has a great flavour.

Bad news

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:27

I'm blaming that mild winter we had last year - so many bugs went on the rampage!


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:25

Hostafan - mind you  don't slip in the wet!!!

Tree to go near a pond

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:21

What about a holly - they grow faster than people think but most varieties don't grow too huge.  Lots of lovely ones here

The great thing about a holly is that once it's got to the size you want it doesn't mind being cut hard back into a formal shape if that will keep it to the required size, whereas many conifers don't like being cut hard back and you get left with brown instead of green foliage.

And of course, if you get a female variety you'll get berries for Christmas

(providing there's a male within half a mile or so , and there usually is)

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Sisyrinchium striatum

Aunt May 
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The reason I'm not weeding

And it's not laziness ...  
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Markings on hosta leaves

What can I do about this pest? 
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Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Congratulations to you both ... 
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Last Post: 21/06/2015 at 19:25

ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 15:20

I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:15

Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
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Last Post: 11/06/2015 at 19:34

Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
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Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:09

Frost tonight!!!???

Check your local forecast ... 
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Last Post: 09/06/2015 at 10:01

Clematis cuttings

Where shall I put them? 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 17:45

Visit The Old Vicarage Gardens East Ruston - Friday 5th June

Would anyone like to come along? 
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Last Post: 05/06/2015 at 20:09

ID for hardy geranium please

Does anyone recognise this one? 
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Last Post: 27/05/2015 at 09:02

Conference on Ancient Trees and Orchards

Open to all 
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Last Post: 25/05/2015 at 22:47

Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

I couldn't resist ..................................... 
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