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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Bearded Iris

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 13:23

I wouldn't split the clumps now, I'd do it after flowering - discarding the older central rhizomes and replanting the newer ones, giving them a chance to grow on through the summer to build themselves up for the following year.  

The reason they're looking 'spread out' is probably because the older rhizomes are past their best. 

Apple tree

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 13:15

Can you post a picture so we can get some idea of where it's at?

If you've not posted a pic before click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions.


Pruning 'Hankey Pankey'

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 12:58

There is a rosa Hanky Panky on Peter Beales' website 


Posted: 10/03/2014 at 12:51

 This is the job in progress - as you'll see we've got more space than some people, but we have to leave room on the lawn for lying on our backs gazing up through the branches of the ash trees and being swooped over by the bats (we have an SSSI bat cave just 100m from our front door)

The pond is 2.60m x 1.70m approx.

The area between the pond and the Shady Bank (supported by sleepers) is going to be planted to provide cover for the hedgehogs so we can use some of the topsoil there, and there are some other places we can put it, but we might have to get a mini skip at some stage.  

It's not the perfect place for a pond, as it's under the tree, but we'll net it for the short period when it drops its leaves.

You can see one of the hedgehog houses and the hedgehog gate into the next garden.  There's going to be a log pile behind the ferns near the garden seat eventually.


Posted: 10/03/2014 at 11:40

Hmmn - pond's getting bigger - anyone want any topsoil? 


Posted: 10/03/2014 at 09:08

Oh, missed that 

I've got a huge issue with the closure some years ago of small local abattoirs which necessitated long journeys for cattle on their way to the big ones.

But my guess that wasn't the nub of the discussion ........


Posted: 10/03/2014 at 08:45

Oh, what were Countryfile up to yesterday?

KEF, hope you're feeling better soon ((hugs)) from a distance in case it's catching 

A collection of unknown plants requiring identifying.

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 08:41

Take the rosemary out of the pot and dry it, then burn it on the charcoal when you have a BBQ - wonderful 

Apple tree

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 08:39

I think I'd bite the bullet and prune it 

Which variety is it and do you know which rootstock it's on? 

Choosing a clematis

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 08:05

To get more shoots it's a good idea to cut clematis right back to two or three nodes from the ground  after flowering in it's first year 

Lots of info here 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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Beware of being offered stolen property 
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What do you think?  
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Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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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!

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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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