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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

pruning a mountain ash

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 07:41

I'd be very surprised if a healthy Mountain Ash were 'unsteady' even in a strong wind.  They're a tree which is very much at home on windy hillsides, and as such are flexible and bendy in the wind - it is this flexibility which gives them their strength - it is more rigid types of trunk that snap in the wind.

If it is moving at the base, then it may well be rotten at the roots and needs removing.  

Greenhouse Condensation

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 07:33

Good news 


Posted: 29/11/2013 at 07:29

Good morning Chicky and any/everyone else 

Lily ((hugs))

I'd better do some food shopping today, otherwise it'll be a Fast day again - unplanned!!!!


Posted: 28/11/2013 at 22:00

Yes, prepare the ground and plant it now and mulch it with your leaf mould, leaving the tip of the crown, the growing points, uncovered. 

Talkback: How to force rhubarb

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 21:43

Are we talking about 'proper' forcing, i.e. digging up the crown and exposing the root to frost, then taking it into a warm darkened shed to produce pink rhubarb?


are we talking about placing a forcing pot or chimney/bucket over a crown of rhubarb growing in the garden to blanch the rhubarb which is produced only a short while earlier than normal?

I do the second every year with a mature crown, but I don't pull any rhubarb after the end of May/early June - this way the crown builds up again before the winter and is not damaged.

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 21:21

Bilje that sounds delicious - I might even like the trifle 


Posted: 28/11/2013 at 21:19

I  collect the moss I rake from the lawn, let it dry and put it into those fat cage bird feeders and hang out on the fence in the late winter early spring - the bluetits, long tailed tits and chaffinches are very grateful and we have hours of pleasure watching them collecting it for their nests - it's amazing how much they use 


Posted: 28/11/2013 at 21:10
graham wells wrote (see)

Hi All you Viola lovers . Have just joined .

Thanks to DOVEFROMABOVE for including The National Society Web Site on an earlier post..

Quite a few people visited this from his message.

I will be following your thoughts as to what people like so much about the flower


My pleasure Viola Man - it's a great resource - the Viola Soc. website I mean 


Posted: 28/11/2013 at 21:05

Hello folks  Back from visiting Aged Ps and then on to see son and deliver Not Cornish Pasties and Banana chutney as his wife's in Saudi for the week.  

Lovely pics Punkdoc 

If you could invent something...

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 12:32
artjak wrote (see)

.... I would like a tiny fork lift machine to lift and carry big sacks of compost, it would have to manage two or three steps also.

That's one of the things I've got OH for! 

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

Your suggestions? 
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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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