Dovefromabove


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Hedge problems... Help please :(

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 15:52

Hello and welcome Josh 


There's an old saying 'Growth follows the knife' meaning that pruning stimulates growth.  In late January (i.e. before bird nesting time)  I would cut the side of the hedge back and feed the base of the hedge with some Fish, Blood and Bone meal which is a slow release organic fertiliser.  (it won't do your dog any harm - some dogs eat it!).


If possible try to shape the hedge so that it's a bit wider at the bottom than the top .... an A shape ... this means that the base of the hedge won't be shaded by the top and the sunlight will also stimulate growth. 


Privet is a pretty tough plant and benefits from a good cutting back every now and then, so don't be afraid - go for it. 

Mystery plant

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 14:07

A photo would help, but at a guess I'd say Sedum Spectabile 


http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/sedum-spectabile-brilliant-group-brilliant/classid.3592/ 


Gorgeous thing!  Attracts butterflies in the summer. 


If I'm right, leave it for the winter to provide interesting structure. - remove old flower stems in the early spring. 

Shed problems - thoughts please

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 13:35

A notice on the door "Beware!  Hornets nest in shed - Pest Control called".


Youngsters are unlikely to know that it's the wrong time of year for hornets to be about.  

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 12:38

Pdoc - I heard some interviews from Syria this morning - very hard to listen to   So hard to feel so useless ... 


As I said, we have to hang onto the good things wherever we can find them, however small  - Wonky saved a hedgehog from certain death this morning. 


I love mussels - we'll have to go to the Belgian Monk again soon  http://www.thebelgianmonk.com/mussels.html  - you should bring your OH to Norwich 

So...Resurrected and Rebooted

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 10:50

Oooh no Joyce - the heavy duty painkillers make me go all woozy ...........  and 


and the other ones don't touch it 

Cheap Kitchens Units For Sale In Poole Area UK

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 10:31

Don't let them know they've been missed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So...Resurrected and Rebooted

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 10:30

MU  The big ash tree has suddenly dumped most of its leaves overnight, but OH has forbidden me to rake the leaves this year in case I do something to my shoulder and need physio again ... apparently I'm allowed to wheel the barrow along behind him and hold the bags open ... there have to be some perks to having had a gammy joint 


Now I really must dry my hair and go to tennis ............. 

So...Resurrected and Rebooted

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 10:19

Joyce   just heading off for some (gentle) tennis ... 

Muscari parviflorum

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 10:16

A friend living in Cyprus has just moved house and inherited a gorgeous traditional Cypriiot garden full of wild flowers - flowering at the moment are Autumnal Grape Hyacinths - Muscari parviflorum.


I'd never heard of these but they look gorgeous - apparently they flower for quite a while - does anyone here grow these in the UK?


They're on the list here, but out of stock  


http://www.rareplants.co.uk/product/muscari-parviflorum/  


Aren't they the prettiest things? 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 10:07

The blue patches have spread and it's a lovely day out there - if a bit chilly - I may even hang some washing out ... 


BL - do be careful with your shoulder - although if it's like mine mucking out should be ok - it's reaching up that was the problem.


I'll be going to tennis again in half an hour - fingers crossed here too 

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