Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Climbing roses

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 12:56

One of my favourite climbing roses for a shady spot is Rosa Vicomtesse Pierre de Fou ........ it's a beautiful strong coppery pink with dark foliage, it repeat flowers and has a gorgeous perfume.

Ground roots

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 12:20

It's the ash tree roots... we had them all over this garden when the we came here ... we tried to get around the problem by using raised beds but the tree roots grew into the beds!!!  

We've since felled the tree nearest the veg patch and that has improved matters.  We love the big trees but they are not without negative factors.  

dracaena marginata problem

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 11:23

It sounds to me as if it's much too moist ... it shouldn't need much watering in the winter as it's not growing.  Falling leaves are usually a sign of over-watering.  Let the soil dry out quite a bit between waterings .  

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 10:45

It's the back garden Obelixx ... much more sheltered than the front which is a frost pocket.  I

Now to prep the veg for supper and then I can get on with sewing up this cardi ... it resembles an octopus at the moment 

Patio Cleaner

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 10:39

The thing is, that even home made remedies, if they are going to kill algae, lichens etc, will kill plants and mico-organisms too.  Vinegar is a chemical - acetic acid.  Salt is a chemical - sodium chloride, washing soda is sodium carbonate ... they're the sort of thing that people sometimes recommend as home remedies for all sorts of things but they're still chemicals and what is more they've not been properly tested as to efficacy or possible harm to the environment as garden solutions.

Elbow grease followed by sunshine and dry weather  ... they're the best chemical-free cures for algae I'm afraid. 

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 10:27

Right, that's the fruit winter pruning finished ... OH came out and did some weeding under the gooseberries too ... he's a saint!  He wore his sunglasses so he didn't get stabbed in the eyes.  

It's lovely out there but still  chilly and soggy underfoot ... but buds are swelling 

Cox apple tree not fruiting

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 09:53

Hmm ... maybe it's just going to take a bit longer ... 

There's some info here which may help 

Cox apple tree not fruiting

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 09:44

Cox's Orange Pippin needs a pollination partner from the right group in order to produce f ruit as it's self-sterile  ... is there one nearby? 

Wildflower - Lawn Seed Mix

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 09:41

Pastureland may well have been treated with quite a bit of nitrogen over the years ... this means that the grass will outgrow any native flowers and herbs ... It would be a good idea to grow lots of yellow rattle in your meadow to weaken the grass and allow the flowers to grow. 

Why did you join this site?

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 09:10

That's lovely to hear 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Fungi ... Radio 4 9am this morning

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Hello Forkers - February 2018

A friendly place where all are welcome to chat about this and that ... 
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New Year's Day Flower Count 2018

What's flowering in your garden at New Year? 
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Merry Christmas to all

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RIP Ric Staines ... East Anglian gardening legend

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Fruit ID please

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A new snake in the UK!!!

Now there are four ........... 
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Please ID my mystery plant

I don't recognise this ...  
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Hello Forkers ... August edition

A friendly place of frolics and conversation where everyone is welcome to join in to chat and procrastinate to their heart's content...  
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Harvest 2017

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