Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Autumn colour.

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 17:37

I love the tall ones - one of the first flowers I ever grew after a chap in the village gave me a clump of rusty-red ones when I was still at primary school.  I walked past his house and garden every day and he'd tell me when to rub out the side buds to get bigger blooms and what else to do.

I had rusty-red chrysanths  at my wedding for buttonholes and decoration in the church (December wedding).  Just love the smell of chrysanths.

Cooking Japanese quinces

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 17:16

I use the fruit of the chaenomeles (japanese quince) in cooking as I can't always get culinary quinces.  They're not quite as good but perfectly acceptable  They don't ripen in a conventional way - they do stay hard and yellowish until they've been really frosted, but you can still use them.  They add flavour and fragrance to a dish

I cut them in quarters (using a sturdy knife) and put them inside a pheasant or guinea fowl to be pot-roasted.  Surround the bird with quartered ripe apples and chunks of celeriac, cover the breast with streaky bacon and roast in a covered heavy casserole or slow cooker.  When it's all cooked I mash the quinces into the cooking juices and then strain to make a sauce/gravy with the addition of a drop of draught cider.


ID needed

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 15:46

What a fantastic find! Lucky you 

Pumpkin ponderings - will they ripen? What's wrong with the leaves? (etc)

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 15:44

Yay!  The stalks have finished doing their job - have you got a greenhouse or conservatory you can put the pumpkins in to finish off?  Otherwise I'd bring them indoors and put them by a sunny window 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 15:41

Clari, there's a lot to be said for a proper mop and bucket - even if it's just for sloshing someone around the chops if the occasion demands it 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 14:26

I know it's been a good season for squashes of all sorts, but what a whopper! 

Identify plant

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 14:21

That's what I though Nut - looks exactly like the one in my border 

Identify plant

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 13:26

It looks like Ceratostigma willmottianum aka Chinese plumbago to me 

Raised bed, do I need worms?

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 10:28
Andy42 says:

....  I have put a membrane at the bottom of the bed, so they might not come in so readily......

 They'll arrive ... don't you worry 

Are these foxgloves ?

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 09:45

Looks like it to me too.  I'd ease them up gently and plant them out where you can space them out a bit more.  

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