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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Stimulating Privet Hedge growth

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:42

Yes, cut it back - growth follows the knife = old gardening saying 

Frog orgy

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:37

Perfectly normal - it's what I would expect.  Last spring it was so cold for so long they had to cram all their 'activity' into a very short spell - this year the weather is milder earlier and this behaviour is perfectly normal.    

When I was a child I could hear the noise from the farmyard pond when I was put to bed, and for a week or more it was my excuse for not being able to get to sleep, so '....please can I read for a bit longer?' 

 Make sure you leave some long grass and plants near to your pond for the froglets to hide in when they first emerge from the pond  so they don't all fall prey to crows, cats, herons etc

Peter Beales

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:31

Monty's instructions here are spot on 

And yes, the Beales family have had a very sad time of late   

The firm is local to me and I think they're one of the best there is.


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:25

Hope you had a better night Nut 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:23

Morning KEF 

I don't have the energy to do it any more Mattbeer but it was fun while I did it - and anyway - teenagers don't really want silver-haired ladies hanging out with them - now if I dyed some pink stripes into it .... 

Vertical gardening ideas

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:20

Our local M&S has a wonderful living wall 

and down in Suffolk Adnams brewery have this wonderful sedum roof on their distribution centre I drive past it when I visit my parents, and it looks fantastic, the range of colours it has developed are wonderful. 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:10

Good morning all   a glorious golden sunrise  Yes, sweet pea seedlings on the window - more will be joining them soon, and I may try an early outdoor sowing of something or other?  - I imagine that the soil's much warmer than it usually is at this time of year.  I want to get a good row of parsley in - I use so much of it, a clump in the herb garden just isn't enough. 

Some of the best fun I've ever had was when I was a volunteer supporting teenagers with severe and complex learning disabilities at a youth club   giving them the chance to 'hang out' with each other and be 'cool' - providing the support they needed (and chaperoning) but without cramping their style or behaving like a parent or teacher.  Exhausting work, but such fun 


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:03

Clarington - you moved to the Antipodes????????????

pussy willow cuttings

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:01

Just trim the stems back to where there's still some bark - stick in some water or damp ground - they'll be fine outside - they don't need protection. 

Runner bean root disease?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 18:45

Runner bean roots grow quite bulky and tuberous, with lots of little tiny fibrous roots - like the ones pictured on this blog .  If yours looked something like that they were perfectly normal 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
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Please put out a shallow dish of water!

Small mammals are not enjoying the heatwave 
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Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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How to get around the current problem .... 
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Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

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A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Suggestions welcome 
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Caterpillar ID

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ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Slug Pubs - research opportunity

Which beer is best? 
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Plant in need of ID

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Hazels looking for a home

Free plants for Norfolk/North Suffolk gardeners 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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