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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Summer flowering evergreen Clematis

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 10:46

I'm not a clematis expert, but I think I'm right in saying that evergreen clematis don't need regular pruning; only if they've outgrown their space do you need to tackle them.  If I'm wrong someone on here will tell us I'm sure 

How do I get rid of ivy and wild asparagus vine?

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 10:32

 Black Bryony is one of my absolute favouritest plants - it is so beautiful sprawling across a hedgerow in the early autumn.  What gorgeous photos on that website!

Weekend Ahead ..... ?

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 10:18

I usually look here but hadn't looked for a few days - ignorance is bliss 


Posted: 09/03/2013 at 10:15

Yes, prune it back now as Geoff and the RHS website advise then give it some fertiliser as described here 

When it blooms have a look on this site and see if you can identify it 

How do I get rid of ivy and wild asparagus vine?

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 09:00

Thank heavens I've never had to deal with Japanese Knotweed   I'm impressed that you beat it!  A friend fenced hers in and turned the chickens loose in there then dug a trench around and put in sheets of corrugated iron - 20 years on it was still there but hadn't spread. 

You're absolutely right - a photograph would be so helpful.  I wonder where the OP is?  Hope she's not been ensnared by the ivy and the vines  

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 08:35

The problem is that if they catered for just the basics some people would be bored to tears - I think the problem is, as we've all said before, half an hour is nothing like enough - all it can do is give us little tasters and teasers so that those of us who are interested get off our btms and go out there and find out some more 

How do I get rid of ivy and wild asparagus vine?

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 08:23

I've seen 'culinary' asparagus (officianalis) growing wild here in East Anglia, but I wouldn't call it invasive - I know that asparagus scandens (the climbing asparagus) is invasive in Australia, but as it's not frost-hardy I'd be surprised if it's causing a problem in the UK, especially after our recent winter weather  

I see that the OP lives in Enfield - not the mildest part of the country but I suppose that there might be a sheltered nook where it can cause trouble.  

Fruit trees

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 07:53

The traditional way would be to spread a layer of well-rotted farmyard manure around the trees in the winter (making sure it is kept well away from the trunk).

Frogspawn 2013

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 07:50

Derek, if there are frogs spawning in the pond in the field next door then I'm sure you already have plenty of frogs on the allotments - they spend most of their year in long damp undergrown and travel quite a way back to their spawning ponds.  They're mainly nocturnal - I bet if you're on your allotment at sunrise in midsummer you'll see plenty - the allotment is probably also on the regular round of your local heron who will know exactly where to find frogs first thing in the morning 

If your pond dries out in the summer then it's unlikely to have the necessary plantlife and little invertebrates that  provide tadpoles with the right food to reach adulthood.  Also, if conditions are not right some tadpoles remain as tadpoles and do not metamorphose until the following year, so if the pond dried they would perish   

Weekend Ahead ..... ?

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 06:56

Thanks Derek, that's really cheered me up 

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..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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plant offer in the Guardian 
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Is it ok for veg patch? 
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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

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Is anyone interested in meeting up for a visit? 
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New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

A reason to get out there in the fresh air and count anything that's flowering .... 
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What is this ornamental tree please?

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