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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 20:44

That was a pot of crocuses in my garden last spring - I've fed them a bit and left them in there - I wonder if they'll look as good this year 

Compost ingredients

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 20:42

Shredded newspaper/ordinary paper is fine.  Just not glossy colour-printed paper.

Newspaper the dog has peed on will be fantastic 


Posted: 17/02/2014 at 20:40

Verdun, I've just been googling hostas - they're all gorgeous, but that Orange Marmalade is exceptionally gorgeous 

Clari  you've just made me really really want a crisp butty   Haven't had one for years

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 20:32

Oh Wow!!!  We're coming to see you again soon - make them come back and do it again!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:28

I've grown cream and or white ones indoors all of my life - or I did until I got together with OH and the first year we had them he wheezed and wheezed and I could hear his chest creaking!!

Now I can only grow hyacinths in the garden.  Well, if that's his only fault I'll keep him 

Daniel.Please can you help?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:23

ONLY TWO  DAYS!!!  You're a girl after my own heart - retiring mid-week   Wow, just think how brilliant you'll feel on Thursday morning - I still haven't done half the tidying jobs I'd planned to do before Christmas 

Anyone name this bee magnet please?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:20

It's on my 'must have' list - but the list is very large and the garden is not, although I keep planning more beds 

Advice would be greatfully appreciated

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:16

Have a look and see if water is accumulating anywhere - if it is don't plant your Mediterranean herbs, rosemary, thyme, oregano etc, in that spot.  They all need good drainage so make a Mediterranean area and dig in lots of grit and they should be fine.  

I had to move my rosemary last winter as our newly paved terrace spilled water onto that area - the rosemary and bay are now in terracotta pots on the terrace behind the herb bed. Now I've noticed that the thyme and oregano are also getting the run off from the terrace - I'm going to lift them and put them in a stone trough (with lots of grit and a loam-based compost) - they'll be happier there.  

Strange Soil sucked out in lawn

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 18:38

Improving the drainage can be done quite simply - spike the lawn over with a fork or aerator - info here 

As for lawn feed, in April you can use something like this  

which will kill moss and weeds while feeding the grass.  Follow the instructions carefully 

After that, regular mowing, at least once a week in the summer, but not too short, will really improve the lawn.

Good luck. 

Advice would be greatfully appreciated

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 18:20

Rosemary  does not like having cold wet feet; it needs really well-drained soil.  I would try to plant it at the top of a slope, no matter how slight, and dig out a large hole and incorporate a good quantity of coarse grit into the soil below and around the roots. 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Last Post: 20/08/2014 at 06:41

Have you seen this rose?

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

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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Last Post: 06/08/2014 at 22:45

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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Last Post: 20/07/2014 at 14:46


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

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

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Last Post: 22/07/2014 at 08:23

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Suggestions welcome 
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Last Post: 05/06/2014 at 21:07

Caterpillar ID

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Last Post: 04/06/2014 at 17:27

ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 14:09

Slug Pubs - research opportunity

Which beer is best? 
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Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 16:54

Plant in need of ID

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 11:28

Hazels looking for a home

Free plants for Norfolk/North Suffolk gardeners 
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Last Post: 22/05/2014 at 15:26

Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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