Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Indoor Olive Tree

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 10:56

I think you're right Jo.  I'd have it outside in all but the hardest weather - as long as the potting medium is gritty and free-draining, and it's not watered in the winter they're fine outside in a sheltered spot.

They can cope with cold as long as their roots are not wet.

I would bubble-wrap the pot for the winter.


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 10:47

Hosta ((hugs)) ouch  

But it's as well to know these things so we can take as many preventative measures as possible ..... Kettle's on



Cabbage whites

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 10:25

Had the eggs been laid before the netting was erected? 

I went over every broccoli leaf, back and front, removing butterfly eggs, before I put the netting up.

Dying Rowan Tree

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 10:17

Hi Allybee

It sounds as if your rowans are coming to the end of their life.  They're not long-lived trees

Green garlic

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 10:09

Green garlic usually means that it's immature.  Absolutely fine to eat and regarded as something a bit special (lots of recipes online) but it's unlikely to store well.

Did you harvest it too soon?  When was it planted?

Grass in block paving

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 10:07

If the paving is regularly swept that should stop soil/detritus collecting in the grooves which is what the seeds germinate in. 



Posted: 01/09/2015 at 10:04

More coffee being drunk here - waiting for lorry to take car to garage - as it's a straight tow job they could only give me a 3 hour window. 

Good luck re knee Hosta

Island beds - are they a bit twee or retro?

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 10:02

I love island beds, but I think they need to be as large as possible to be effective. 

Have a look at the pictures of the island beds at Bressingham (whose founder, Alan Bloom introduced the concept of island beds).

I'd be just a bit careful when incorporating an established tree into a bed - you don't wan't to damage its roots.  Birch roots are quite close to the surface. 


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 09:56

 Three layers of crocuses in a pot


Hydrangia macrophylla Shakira

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 09:34

Best planted in the ground in a sheltered spot in semi shade.

More info here

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