Latest posts by Dovefromabove

French blue lake sowing

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 13:09

I've not grown Blue Lake, but this site says wait until all danger of frost has passed

I'm growing Buerre de Rocquencourt wax beans this year as well as runners, and I understand that the BdeR are happy with cool nights, so I'll sow them soon - but leave the runners until later in May.  I'll direct sow the wax beans - not sure whether I'll start the runners off in the mini greenhouse or direct sow - it'll depend on how the weather is after the cold snap of this weekend. 


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 12:54

It's a great timewaster Verdun 


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 12:16

I should have been  sowing seeds but I was sitting on the Shady Bank gazing into the pond, and ..................... Dove is VERY EXCITED!!!    

We appear to have some Newt tadpoles !!!!!

I can't think what else they can be ............ they must've come in as eggs laid on the leaves of water plants I bought from the Aquatic Centre 


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 11:32

Glad all is going well for your Mum Verdun 

Families eh!   But some people just don't have the ................. whateveritis 

The rest of us just get on with it.  Thank goodness for us - that's what I say 

Right, all the stuff that has to be done has been done - now I'm going out into the garden - I shall plant some plants and sow some seeds ................. I might be gone some time................





on the other hand, I might keep popping back to see what you lot are up to 

Honeysuckle dramas

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 11:23

I wouldn't panic - it's probably a bit of transplant shock - what does the new growth look like?

Planning new 'grasses' path

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 11:21

I'm thinking that random groups of different numbers of grasses would look good, rather than something too organised, trying to keep a flow of shapes and textures along the path. 

I'm wondering if that grass is actually a carex?

Apple tree against a wall

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 11:08

Jim - that looks highly technical and very interesting    Can you explain how you did that please?


Snoodle - I've had some really good trees and bushes from Reads.  I recommended them to Alan 4711 and I know he's impressed with them too.  



how to deter cats from fouling in your garden

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 11:03

Our neighbour's cat hasn't visited us for weeks - not since he snuck through the Hedgehog Gate, stalked a blackbird, crouching and wiggling his tail and then pounced ................................................ landing right in the deepest part of the new pond - he left in high dudgeon with his tail between his legs. 

The neighbours report a very subdued cat - it's at least a month since he's been seen in our back garden - although he is using the newly dug border in the front garden. 


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 10:19

Gavin  If you're going to use a spray (and that's what I would do) use one containing glyphosate which will kill the roots as well as the top growth.  Apply it as per in the instructions and then leave it until all the top growth is brown - that means that the glyphosate has travelled back to the roots and killed them too.  That will probably take 2-3 weeks.

Only then should you dig the ground over and remove the dead weeds.  Do not compost the weeds - I would burn them in a carefully controlled bonfire or an incinerator.

Can you help identify my rose bush, please?!

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 10:16

As Busy-Lizzie says, climbers flower best if you train the main stems as horizontally as possible - this stimulates the development of side shoots which bear the flowers.

You've got a great wall for doing this.  You'll need some vine-eyes and wires fixed to the wall.  And then look at this video about how to train and prune a climbing rose 

Hope that's helpful. 

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