Latest posts by Dovefromabove

advice on taking Geranium cuttings

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 16:23

Cheers Bob!  I missed that - hope Alan is an expert now 

picking primroses

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 16:14

With respect, it is not illegal for a private individual to pick many types of wild flowers for their own enjoyment - it is illegal to uproot them and it is illegal to pick them for sale.  Children can still pick a bunch of primroses for Mothering Sunday.

Some endangered species are specifically protected by law and may not be picked or uprooted.

It is illegal to pick flowers on Natiional Trust property, Nature reserves, SSSI and some other land - details here


The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 15:42


The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 15:19
David K wrote (see) ......
It must be so difficult when you have to be up so early, to run the boards.
David K wrote (see)........

If you take heed of my posts, you'll notice that I restrict them to commenting (in the case of this thread) on the Gardeners' World program ..........

Hoist with your own petard I think David K 

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 14:37
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

....Monty's new veg garden is super, but looks very expensive - beyond the reach of ordinary mortals. .....

His garden is his business - he is contracted to provide a gardening programme from his garden.  It's been under water and then under snow for most of the winter - he's done the most sensible thing - put in some raised beds to improve drainage so he can grow something - exactly what several of us have advised people with similar problems to do on this board within the past month or so.

Viola - Plant or Not to Plant?

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 13:03

Violas are as tough as old boots- mine have been outside all winter and they're flowering their socks off - they should be fine planted out now provided you're not actually knee deep in snow.   

If they've been kept in shelter just introduce them to the colder weather gradually, putting them out by day and in a sheltered spot by night just for a few days - just so they're not too shocked by an English spring!

Talkback: Monty Don returns to Gardeners' World

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 11:49
SwissSue wrote (see)

Oh no, not another moaner!

A lot of us love GW and I don't know of any country where you don't have to pay for a TV license. If you don't like the programme, THEN TURN IT OFF OR SWITCH TO ANOTHER CHANNEL!!!

Hear! Hear!

Mystery Plant (Again)

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 11:29

Yes, looks like an elder (Sambucus).  Are the new leaves golden in the spring? 

Possibly Golden Glow or similar 

I'd cut one third of the branches down to the base now, the same next spring and the same the following year, and carry on like that, so that none of the stems are more than three years old.  That'll keep it more compact and with young growth.

A lovely shrub - use a few of the flowers to make elderflower fritters or to flavour a gooseberry pie, or a lot of them to make elderflower wine 

Fork Handles

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 11:10

Morning Geoff, you seem more like your old self today 

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 10:45

What is it with some of the chaps on this Board?  Spring sap rising and no chance to get out in the garden and burn off some testosterone?  It's what Ma used to call 'a case of too many cocks on one muck heap'.  


Can I make a suggestion - let's either have a vote on who's the chief cock, or agree to leave each other alone? 

Repeated childish behaviour is getting tedious.

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