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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

What have I done?

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 14:29

I like thunder  but rain during the day can be a nuisance 

Lawn help

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 14:28

I absolutely agree with Edd   There's no need for a new lawn - ours was much worse than yours when we moved in - I think the last owner only mowed once a year!!!

Apply a Weed & Feed type treatment according to instructions on the pack - mow once a week - initially on a high setting but as the lawn improves you can take it down a notch, but never mow short.  Two cuts a week are better than one which scalps the lawn.  That is when the weed seeds take hold. 

If you do that you'll have a lawn to be proud of by July - any queries come back to us 

What is this plant please?

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 14:12

I spent a lot of my childhood hoeing sugar beet fields by hand and there's a wild persicaria that loves those conditions - it's ingrained in my memory - there was a pull-out of arable weeds from the Farmers Weekly on the wall in the boot room! 

What have I done?

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 14:08

Well, as Steephill says - they can climb - but I'd have thought they'd have preferred something nearer ground level and a bit softer than those tough brittle laurel leaves.  Are we sure it's vine weevil damage? 

Any pics?

What to plant?

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 13:39

And will Grisllinia not grow wider than the 6 inches between the fence and the neighbour's boundary???? 


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 13:37

Edd - that was the wrong link - this is the thread where we've been discussing this 

And as we discussed, very occasionally white or pink English Native Bluebells occur - I photographed one yesterday and posted it on that thread, and Fidgetbones has done the same.  

However, this is very uncommon - it would be helpful to see photographs of your blue/pinkbells Elizabeth, and it would also be good if you could check out the identifying features as shown here 

What is this plant please?

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 11:11

It looks like a Persicaria bistorta, but there are lots and I don't know which one this is 


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 10:59

Hi Woody   Glad you had a successful day - tired but happy is very good 

English bluebell,Spanish bluebell,scilla is it me or are these plants confusing

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 10:44
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Your first picture looks a bit like an English native, but I think that the flowers don't all come from one side of the stem, and that they're not drooping enough.  .....


Sorry, my mistake - I should've said 'your second pic.............' 


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 10:41

Take the plants out of the pots, wash the roots gently and pot up again in fresh compost - laying a piece of gauze, old nylon tight etc over the drainage holes in the pot.  

A pain the the btm, but worth it in the end. 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove


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A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Suggestions welcome 
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ID please

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Does anyone recognise this? 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Yes, that soon!!! 
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World Naked Gardening Day

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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