Latest posts by Dovefromabove


Posted: 09/11/2013 at 08:38

Yes it's the same colour - fell in love with it  - shame I can't knit myself a pair of cheekbones like the model has 

Planting Decisions

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 08:29

Sara   we have two of these fixed to our house wall - at the end of the garden we have a trellis 'arbour' and the posts have one of these on them for the line to hook onto.  (we fixed a little clippit-type thingy on the end of the line).  That way we have loads of washing line space but on days when the washing line isn't needed it's retracted and doesn't get in the way, decapitate OH when lawn mowing, scrape my specs off the top of my head and in general doesn't look unsightly.  We think it's a brilliant idea 


Posted: 09/11/2013 at 08:18

No KEF, not a scarf, but this has got a warm collar 

thing is I've put on a pound or two since I started making it - Memo to Self: diet and exercise .... diet and exercise .... diet and exercise ....    Verdun had better have my share of cake this afternoon, especiallly as we have roast pork and crackling for supper 


Posted: 09/11/2013 at 07:49

Morning KEF - sounds as if you should be spending the day wrapped up with a hot water bottle and a mug of honey and hot lemon.  

OH rubbed my neck with some ibuleve gel before bedtime and I got off to sleep much better, however it's still stiff and sore this morning - hopefully it'll ease as the day goes on.  If it carries on too long I'll ask the GP for a physio appointment. 


Posted: 09/11/2013 at 07:30

Good morning Stacey - glad the day has dawned 'sunny' for you.  As for water butts - You too can have one 

Pelargonium Lord Bute

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 07:27

It's not frost hardy so it needs to be indoors in a frostfree place - a cool windowsill in the house is fine if you don't have a frost-free greenhouse.

Just remove faded flowers  and just keep it on the dampish side of dry over the winter.  

In the spring you can re-pot and trim it back lightly to encourage bushy growth, and use the trimmings as cuttings so you'll have lots of Lord Butes to give to your friends or just to keep and enjoy for yourself - it's a gorgeous colour 

New garden

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 07:14

Oh Hollie hock - that looks completely and absolutely blissful - now I understand why you grabbed that opportunity - be very happy there 

(And don't forget to let Santa know your new address )

Still got problems with Forum

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 07:10

I think there are several problems with PM's which are on the list to be sorted - it's just that these things are never straightforward apparently - it's just as well that  gardeners know all about being patient 

Laurel plants

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 07:07

March is not a good time to prune if the hedge is a regular nesting site for birds!  The end of January at the very latest. 

Dreaded Dandelions

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 06:58

Hi Ahmadmirza - some of those dandelions can be tough, and of course getting the doseage of the weedkiller right is tricky.  I have a similar problem as when we moved here the gardens had been neglected for 20 years and now that I'm retired I have time to tackle it properly - this past year we've just been mowing to prevent the dandelions from seedng and infesting the neighbours' gardens.  

I've got some weed and feed which I shall give a go in the spring.  In the meantime I shall do as you and use a Daisy Grubber - they do work once you get the knack - but it could mean several days on my hands and knees on the lawn - OH might have to haul me back to the vertical after that  

I know it makes a mess of the lawn, but if you do it in the winter, by the time you've fertilised it in the spring it'll soon perk up and the mess will be all gone.  In fact, while the lawn's looking a mess it might be a good idea to give it a good rake and spike it all over with a fork to aerate it - then it'll be fantastic next year. 

Alternatively you can use the 'paintbrsh and glyphosate method', but you've still got to pull them out when they've gone brown. 

Good luck 

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