Latest posts by Dovefromabove


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 14:26

Sorry, no cake here today, but I've got some warm bread and some cheese and chutney if anyone wants a sandwich

 Clari can make cake for pudding 

Help . . . how do I make my brown lawn green again?!!

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 14:13

Hi Josephinus 

Can you post a picture of the lawn for us please - an overall view and something closer up as well - to post a picture on here click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post and follow the instructions.

Gardening for the elderly

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 14:05

Please define elderly 

My poor Rhododendron

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 13:41

I don't grow rhodos (wrong sort of soil) so not my specialist subject, but I've been googling - unhappily this article on phytophthora looks as if it might shed some light

Don't know what others think?

My poor Rhododendron

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 13:37

My thinking was that the newer growth is softer and more likely to wilt and go floppy if short of water.

However, it would seem that's not the problem ...............  can you check the stems thoroughly and see if there's any damage?

Taken over garden - a few ornamental grasses and dogwoods to identify....

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 13:32

I would cut the dogwoods right back as shown here  and top dress with a sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone. 

.... scroll down to No. 7.  You'll be surprised at how much new growth you'll get this summer and how beautiful the long straight growths will look next winter once the leaves fall. 


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 13:27

That's an idea PD - come the revolution we could probably be fairly self-sufficient 

Raised beds, How to fill?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 13:07

Hi Figleaves

I put permeable landscaping fabric on the bottom, lined the sides with heavy duty polythene and filled it with 50% topsoil from the garden centre and 50% well rotted farm yard manure again from the gc.  

Every year I top dress it with another layer of well-rotted  FYM in the spring and it grows lovely veg.

Replacement for overgrown ivy and heavily-trimmed shrubs in clay soil

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 13:03

Phil, I feel for you - when we moved here the fences were covered with thick ivy

 You've done your landlady a favour, heavy rain brought our fences down a few weeks after we'd moved in and the whole garden had to be refenced!

 I suggest that if your landlady wants her property to have more privacy in the garden then she should get a builder to erect panels of trellis along the tops of the fences

 and then you can plant clematis and honeysuckle etc, training them up and along the trellis.  

Good luck.  

My poor Rhododendron

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 12:54

I know it seems a strange thing to say after the winter we've had, but apart from anything else, it looks thirsty to me.  We're on free-draining loam and our soil has dried out very quickly.  

Check the soil and if it's dry give it a thorough soaking - several buckets full!  


Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Gardener's World discussed on Points of View

Complaints about change of time and cancellations 
Replies: 4    Views: 147
Last Post: Today at 19:00

Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

All welcome ............who's coming? 
Replies: 15    Views: 160
Last Post: Today at 21:12

If you're buying big pots ....

Beware of being offered stolen property 
Replies: 4    Views: 180
Last Post: Yesterday at 10:10

Grafting fruit trees

An art and a science 
Replies: 1    Views: 62
Last Post: 16/09/2014 at 21:38


Reporting the Spanish slugs 
Replies: 15    Views: 235
Last Post: 07/09/2014 at 15:49

Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
Replies: 10    Views: 224
Last Post: 20/08/2014 at 06:41

Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
Replies: 12    Views: 347
Last Post: 19/08/2014 at 06:16

Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
Replies: 17    Views: 260
Last Post: 13/08/2014 at 18:54


To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
Replies: 40    Views: 769
Last Post: 06/08/2014 at 22:45

Please put out a shallow dish of water!

Small mammals are not enjoying the heatwave 
Replies: 1    Views: 145
Last Post: 25/07/2014 at 08:27

Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
Replies: 11    Views: 222
Last Post: 20/07/2014 at 14:46


How to get around the current problem .... 
Replies: 94    Views: 2082
Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 22:02

Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

Replies: 204    Views: 4466
Last Post: 22/07/2014 at 08:23

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Suggestions welcome 
Replies: 31    Views: 1104
Last Post: 05/06/2014 at 21:07

Caterpillar ID

Replies: 8    Views: 321
Last Post: 04/06/2014 at 17:27
1 to 15 of 86 threads