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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Stags Horn Sumach vs House Foundations

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 09:37

I like Stagshorn Sumachs - they grow in such elegant shapes and have such fantastic autumn colour - I think the big problem is that if pruned they start to throw up suckers and don't know when to stop.  Leave the tops alone and the roots will behave themselves. 

I'm pretty sure they're shallow rooted and as such shouldn't be a problem to a well-constructed house.  I know an old thatched cottage with a row of them in the front garden only a couple of metres of the front wall, and 50 years on the cottage is still there and so are the sumachs, looking very venerable, like something from a Japanese painting.  Love them. 


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 09:28

Hello again folks  not in PJs now;  I'm decent and in gardening clothes and I've cleaned the shower and bathroom etc. There's a load in the machine that's almost ready to hang out, and then there's nothing to stop me gardening when I've finished my coffee .............. 

Oh,  can someone remind me to get some sausages out of the freezer - Toad in the Hole for supper. 

'With added John Innes'

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 08:31

Berghill, was it described as 'with added John Innes'?  As I understand it that just refers to the added fertiliser. 


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 08:06

I could make room for a couple of geums in the new front border - orange would look good there - problems solved 


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 07:55

Morning KEF - think I'll be joining you in the garden in a bit 

Sorry you have to go to work Fg, but someone has to - it's your turn   Sorreeeeeee 

Camellia and Honeysuckle

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 07:53

I presume that your garden soil is acidic?

'With added John Innes'

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 07:47

If it's loam-based it should say so on the bag.  

No plum blossom

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 07:25

My Concorde pear is certainly slow, but then as I'm espaliering it I keep chopping half of it off every year - I hope it doesn't lose heart and think I don't like it 


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 07:17

Morning Clari 


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 07:08

Good morning Chicky  

I've slept a bit late this morning - well, late for me that is - obviously tired from being out at night hedgehog watching.


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ID please

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Yes, that soon!!! 
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Did you participate? 
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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?

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