Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 09:14

Ashleigh - if you're here then you've got gardening friends ((hugs)) 


I like Katherine Hodgkin, but like most Katherines (I have one) she is particularly idiosyncratic, only appearing at her best in very particular settings - try her in a stone trough with a light grey gravel dressing - she will look spectacular - that is one of my gardening ambitions. 

She did not appear at her best at Anglesey yesterday 


Posted: 10/02/2014 at 09:05

Good morning all and Happy Birthday Gg 

Having a slightly lazy morning - no stomping done yet  but lots of housew**k to be done later so energy will be expended. 


Posted: 09/02/2014 at 21:39

I've discovered that my weekends have just stretched and stretched ever since Nov 5th  - they seem never-ending 



........................................................................I'll get my coat 

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 21:32

No you're right Nut, it wasn't you, was it Landgirl snapping the hellebores?

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:46

Has anyone noticed how many pages of Hello Forkers the ones who stayed at home managed to use today!!!  

We certainly found out who the chatterboxes are didn't we ..... and it's not us 

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:43

Chicky - the big drifts were mainly of less posh types but there were clumps of the posh ones scattered amongst them - then in the more organised shrubby walk there were biggish areas of named varieties.  

There was even a variety with a sort of seersucker effect on the petals - a bit like my tablecloth but without the blue checks!

Glad you're home Panda - hope you didn't have too long to wait .... 

hi all from Worcestershire

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:38

Sue - your blog is great - I've just popped in and read a few pages but already I'm hooked - I love it and will keep reading it ................. 

Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:32

I suspect that getting rid of your briambles will improve matters - rabbits love to shelter in a briar patch - remember Brer Rabbit   They will be sheltering there and popping out to raid the nearby allotments.

Yes, the fencing needs to be turned out at the bottom in the direction of where the rabbits are coming from - some details here 

Help with choice of hosta

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:11

I grow 'Sum and Substance' and they are left alone by the varmints, they have mounds of big tough leaves.  Blue Angel does get attacked if I don't handpick around them in the evenings. We have hedgehogs, frogs and blackbirds in the garden and they certainly help keep slugs, snails and weevils etc at bay.  

I don't put slug pellets down but as soon as the hostas are peeking through the soil I surround them with a mulch of sharp sand and make sure there are no nearby leaves or stems of other plants which slugs and snails could use as a 'bridge' to reach the hostas.

I keep other hostas in pots and again, I inspect them regularly for lurking slugs, snails etc. 

Huge garden hedge

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:01

I would get professionals in to take the height down to about 8 feet, and to shape the sides properly.  

You might then be able to maintain it yourself with the proper equipment - you'll need a safe ladder system and powered hedge trimmer and you'll also need to study some information about how to use them safely - or you could get professionals in to trim and tidy it once a year. 

Don't let anyone cut it back hard at the sides - if you cut into the older wood it is brown and will not grow new green leaves again - ever! and you will be left with a very ugly hedge.

I am sure that your new neighbours will be very happy with you if you reduce the height of that hedge - it looks like Cupressus Leylandii which can grow very tall indeed and cast deep shade over neighbouring gardens - the tallest documented at the moment is over 100 feet tall!  

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