Dovefromabove


Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Garden like a swamp, 2 weeks off work to come up with solution

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 11:30

I'm afraid I don't go with the tree idea ... speaking from experience (we have large trees at the end of this garden) trees don't take much moisture out of the soil in the winter - they have no leaves and aren't transpiring moisture.  They take the moisture out of the soil in the summer, when you need it in the soil, and shade the grass thus encouraging moss.  In a small garden such as yours, I would only plant trees because you want trees, not as a drainage solution. 


Last edited: 08 November 2016 11:31:28

Garden like a swamp, 2 weeks off work to come up with solution

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 11:27

You have children ..... most lawns aren't fit to play on in the winter ....... they turn into a muddy mess reminiscent of a rugby field in February after a match.  Far better to have a distinct play area for the children with play bark or similar  and somehow encourage the children to keep off the grass - bribery sometimes works, fences work better.  


That way the lawn won't turn into such a muddy compacted mess and you'll be able to perk it up in the spring with some aerating etc.   That's what I would do. 


Good luck 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 11:18

A celebratory Horlicks, eh Hosta?  

Plum tree rootstock

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 10:20

Yes!  Get out there and forage for sloes ... go up the public footpaths and bridleways around the fields rather than roadside verges where everyone goes and picks them too early before they're ripe.  

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 10:03

Think that's worthy of a celebration Hosta 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 09:53

Good morning Hosta   


Yes, that's how the our parliamentary democracy works - however as I've said Cameron was either ignorant, disingenuous or careless - I can understand that there are parts of the electorate who didn't understand it - as far as I can see there is very little education on the subject in  schools nowadays.  But the discovery that there are Members of Parliament and political journalists who don't understand the processes of our democracy is frightening.  Added to that, a candidate for the leadership of a party which has pretensions to be a possible HM Opposition in the next few years, has called for the High Court Judges to be 'brought under democratic control'!  That way lies fascism!!!   


Pdoc - the world has been in a mess before and it will be in a mess again.  It says something for the human spirit that so many of us expect things to improve along the way -  a two steps forward and one step back sort of thing.  Sometimes it seems the other way around doesn't it.  At times like these it's important for us to focus on the little things that can make such a difference - without them, the big things don't matter. 


But that's enough of that for now 


I have a fish pie to make - whether or not I'm going to go out there in this 'orrid weather and pot up some bulbs and bubble-wrap the little greenhouse remains to be seen.

Hot Lips

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 08:22

We've learned from experience not to cut our salvias back until the worst of the spring weather is over, and then we cut them back by half , no more. 

Watering spring bulbs?

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 08:19

My bulbs in pots stay outside in a sheltered spot near the house. I've never watered them and they've always been perfectly fine. 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 08:13

Pdoc I usually make our fish pie using skimmed milk in the sauce then stir in a dollop of creme fraiche for flavour. 


Pat when son was younger we never pur the decorations up until his birthday when we started with balloons for his party and the tree etc went up the day after. 


It was clear out there a few minutes ago but a bank of fog has just rolled in and suddenly it looks horrid out there !

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 07:55

Good morning all  Still and overcast out there. No idea of the temperature but I can't see any sign of frost and we still have only the 4 tog summer duvet on.


I have plans to bubble wrap the little greenhouse and tuck the big begonia away in there for a while and pot up the Tete a Tetes that I bought yesterday. theres also a bit of paperwork to do and a fish pie to make. 


Ive not done any Cmas shopping yet but it won't take long , we don't buy big presents. There will be some preserves for everyone and of course, there's birthdays too. Sons on 22 nd and OH on 19 Dec and we do try to make them a bit special. 

Last edited: 08 November 2016 08:00:07

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Harvest 2017

 
Replies: 1    Views: 149
Last Post: 19/07/2017 at 16:54

Two shrubs need a name please

Saved from the skip ... but what are they? 
Replies: 8    Views: 325
Last Post: 16/07/2017 at 16:16

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

A friendly place of frolics and chat where everyone is welcome to pass the time and procrastinate to their hearts' content ... 
Replies: 1456    Views: 33957
Last Post: Today at 11:48

Photobucket

New situation ... ? 
Replies: 9    Views: 363
Last Post: 01/07/2017 at 10:29

Wildlife online ... interesting website

Foxes, Hedgehogs, badgers, deer, frogs, toads, newts, bats, butterflies, birds ..... 
Replies: 1    Views: 202
Last Post: 21/06/2017 at 14:03

The Great British Wildflower Hunt

Will you join in ...  
Replies: 6    Views: 398
Last Post: 08/06/2017 at 13:17

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

A friendly place of frolics and chat where everyone is welcome to pass the time and procrastinate to their hearts' content ... 
Replies: 1404    Views: 39445
Last Post: 01/07/2017 at 09:34

Shrub ID please

 
Replies: 8    Views: 279
Last Post: 30/05/2017 at 21:11

Fidget, I know you gave me this ...

 
Replies: 5    Views: 162
Last Post: 29/05/2017 at 15:54

Nut - you gave us these plants - but what are they?

 
Replies: 8    Views: 336
Last Post: 25/05/2017 at 21:08

Getting my own back ....

 
Replies: 7    Views: 322
Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 13:59

Hello Forkers - May Edition

A friendly place of frolics and chat where everyone is welcome to pass the time and procrastinate to their hearts' content ... 
Replies: 1694    Views: 42101
Last Post: 01/06/2017 at 11:14

Pond mystery solved

 
Replies: 2    Views: 356
Last Post: 06/04/2017 at 11:33

Hello Forkers - April edition

A friendly place of frolics and chat for everyone to get together and socialise 
Replies: 1612    Views: 41059
Last Post: 01/05/2017 at 14:15

Ceratostigma willmottianum

Is it too late to cut back? 
Replies: 7    Views: 251
Last Post: 30/03/2017 at 12:27
1 to 15 of 212 threads