Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Restoring an old cottage garden - quote sense checking

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 18:26

I'd assumed that Somerset Gardener had a mind of his or her own and was able to speak for him or herself ... it seems I was right about that at least 

Thanks for your comments Somerset Gardener ... much appreciated   It would be great if you revisited here from time to time and let us see how your garden progresses 

Restoring an old cottage garden - quote sense checking

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 16:57

Feel suitably chastened Nut ...  having restored a few totally derelict and long neglected gardens in our time I was only trying to be helpful 

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 16:42

Hello Pdoc   

I remember Fairy had some IT issues a while back ... maybe it's happened again.  

Does this exist ??

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 16:33

Thank you Papi Jo  ... the second link to the Root Control bags were what I intended to link to ... but your first looks as if it might perform better as it would presumably not let hard water leach through.

Does this exist ??

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 14:07

My first thought was these

but the description says they're permeable and allow water through, so probably not what you need.

Maybe sinking a large pot would be a better idea. 

What is eating these plants?

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 14:00

They'll travel quite a way ... and muntjac are quite happy living in undergrowth near human habitation.  My brother who is a farmer in a rural location has had them eating sunflower seeds from the birdfeeders in his garden by standing on their hind legs and walking around the pole with almost as good balance as a human, whereas my OH who used to work at a site right on the ringroad here in Norwich had a muntjac charge across the busy carpark in order to attack it's own reflection in the glass doors of the farm shop ... the doors were automatic so swung outwards as the deer got very close, giving him a honk on the nose ....... it ran off through the parked cars, through the hedgerow and into someone's garden. 

However, your uncle's deer may not be muntjac ... 

I know Chicky has deer visiting her garden ... she may have some advice ... 

Last edited: 15 January 2018 14:01:35

What is eating these plants?

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 13:37


Thalictrum seeds

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 12:16

Think we've got a cold spell coming up ........... 

Restoring an old cottage garden - quote sense checking

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 12:02

Just keeping one or two large shrubs (and renovating them if need be) will give the garden a air of maturity virtually impossible to obtain in any other way without huge expense .......... have you seen the cost of buying, transplanting and nurturing a mature shrub? 

Restoring an old cottage garden - quote sense checking

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 11:12

The 'bones of it' should still be there .............. photos will be good 

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