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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Planting under Magnolia

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 19:03

Cyclamen hederifolium would be very happy there.  Cyclamen coum also.   

Plant ID for wildflower

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 18:57

Ajuga reptans?  The picture won't enlarge 

Wildlife pond advice please

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 18:04

In practice it is very difficult to 'balance' a tiny pond - the water heats up in the warm weather and loses oxygen - I know you're not supposed to have them in wildlife ponds, but I think you need some mechanical means of oxygenating the water.  

I'd try a little pump to circulate some water and get it to trickle onto a largeish that sticks out of the water, so that the water picks up some oxygen - we once had one that we'd rigged up so that the water trickled out through the spout of an old standpipe onto a sloping piece of slate at the edge of the sink.  

Market Stall/Polytunnel

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 17:59

Having the right partner is key - I did it and loved it  - 9 acres, dairy goats, pigs, bullocks, sheep, hens, geese, veg   grey fergie tractor etc etc etc  - the then OH loved the theory but after a while he got bored and thought playing football and golf was more important than mending the fences when the bullocks had got out!  

I was the one that did all the training courses and delivered the cheese and eggs to the shops and was up at the crack of dawn and out like a light at the end of the day - several years down the line my health began to complain ........... we sold up and moved on - eventually separately ........... 

I need a shade loving plant that does not need much watering.

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 17:35

All of them do.  Another one to consider are the New Guinea Impatiens hybrids - they'll flower all summer and autumn, lots of lovely colours, happy in shade, but they do need watering! 

You can buy them ready to plant in your tub from most garden centres at this time of year. 

Rugosa Roases.

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 16:49

Sorry, I didn't mean Taylors - they're for clematis - the one I meant was the late great Peter Beales' Classic Roses site - here's a link 

Think the sun has gone to my head


Posted: 18/05/2014 at 16:45

Just been sitting outside listening to a green woodpecker yaffling too, while a family of baby blue tits get taught how to help themselves to the contents of our bird feeders and a blackbird splashed me when having a dip in the birdbath - a very good day 

Flummoxed by foxglove!!

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 16:43

Hmmm, the only one I can find at the moment is Pam's Split's-Split-1-young-plant/prod4324.html  

and a very similar one, but I'm sure I've seen an orangey yellow one .............. 

Flummoxed by foxglove!!

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 16:37

There are varieties of foxglove which have been bred to have split flowers - Pam's Split is one, and there are others. I shall google ..................

Market Stall/Polytunnel

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 15:30

Rather than a market stall why not see if you can supply a local farm shop?  Our local one has difficulty in sourcing some more unusual fruit and veg and different varieties of things and would be interested in a smallholder who could do that. 

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If you're buying big pots ....

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Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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