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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Sweet Pea Dilemma

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 10:42

From what David K has taught us, I think they need the warmer temperature to germinate (although 20-25C seems excessive - I think about 15C) but as soon as they're germinated and have a pair of leaves they can go outside in the coldframe.


Posted: 19/02/2015 at 10:38

Morning KEF   enjoy the SM.

Is it Lyn's mum's birthday?  I hope she enjoys her special day


Posted: 19/02/2015 at 10:37

Phew!!! Brrrrrrr!!! My hands are so cold they ache!!! But I've potted up all the snowdrops 'in the green' which arrived yesterday as part of my birthday present from OH  Several different varieties so together with the special ones I bought from Raveningham last week and my very special Galanthus 'Mighty Atom' which was a birthday present from a gardening friend I have 12 pots of snowdrops to plant out in a few weeks when I've extended the Little Wilderness around the hazel bushes

I did the snowdrop planting first thing this morning as I knew my hands would be cold - I've warmed them up by washing up the breakfast things  Ever since that fall when I broke my wrist and bashed my hand, my finger joints really really ache when my hands are cold.

Now although the sun is still shining there are grey clouds massing on the horizon and we have rain forecast for later - I've given the snowdrops a drink but I don't think they're likely to dry out over the next few days.

I've also put some potted hellebores (Mrs Betty Ranicar and Snow Love) up on the table on the terrace along with some pots of Cyclamen coum and a container of cream crocus which are budding up - now they're right outside the big studio glass wall to cheer us up and remind us that spring is nearly here.

Oh, and I've brought some little branches of forsythia indoors in a jug on the dining table - hopefully the buds will open soon


Posted: 19/02/2015 at 08:34

Good morning everyone I've not said good morning to yet

Hostafan, sorry it's so painful - knees can be  troublesome - hope it improves very soon.

Pdoc - good luck - think of all those plants!   How long would it take you to save up for a new greenhouse?

Mystery purple plant identification

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 07:44

Sambucus respond well to being cut hard back - some people coppice them every two or three years to keep them a reasonable size and maintain the quality of the foliage.  They flower on the previous year's wood so you may not get much fruit this year, but the following year should be better.  They respond well to a good scattering of chicken manure pellets


Posted: 19/02/2015 at 07:38

Morning Clari   How's your lurgy?


Posted: 19/02/2015 at 06:59

Good morning all   Hope all doggies and their owners had a good night's sleep

As suspected, my snowdrops arrived yesterday afternoon and need to be planted - today it is going to pour with rain.  I think I'll put them in pots so I can plant them out later - does everyone think that'll be ok?

build a bear

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 18:50

Charity shops are full of clothes that you can cut up and use to make things 

Also try your local market - the one in Norwich has a fabric stall that sends 'ends of rolls' etc.  

And the Norwich John Lewis often has scraps and remnants in the upholstery fabric section and also in the knitting and sewing craft department. 


Posted: 18/02/2015 at 18:36

Just a thought - will hyacinths hybridise with native English Bluebells?  So many of us are trying to keep our bluebells pure - does anyone know?

Mystery purple plant identification

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 17:13

Or you can make elderflower wine with the flowers and elderberry wine with the fruits

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