Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Tomatoes - strange results

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 16:23

Hi Boater

i'm afraid that you just can't neglect tomato plants and expect to get optimum results.  

The reason most of us give our tomato plants a lot of attention, pinching out the sideshoots before they're an inch long, staking,  watering and feeding regularly and stopping the plants after they've reached the appropriate number of trusses, is because that's the way to get good fruit.  

I really don't think that you can ignore them for a month and expect good results - especially in Scotland where the weather is hardly ideal for outdoor tomatoes. 

What happened to the ones in your conservatory?  Did you get someone to water them?

Catnip plant for cats

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 16:12

Not all cats are attracted to catnip - I've had a lot of cats and only one of them reacted to catnip, whereas my son's cat and both of my daughter's cats absolutely love it.  Apparently only about 50% have the genes that cause the reaction.

There's some info here 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 14:44

You'd have to get past me Hosta - that's our place - didn't you read that it belongs to a couple of artists? 

I went up to Wyevale and came back with some Tarda tulips and some Crocus sativus for next autumn.  

Then I called in at Notcutts on the way home and picked up some little variegated ivies to go in pots with little daffs, and some species-type tulips 'Lilac Wonder' and some more Crocus 'Snow Bunting' just fell into the basket 

Notcutts also gave me a freebie of some red 'Darwin' type tulips - not sure where they're going to go - I'll put them in a pot and find a place for them later. 

Last edited: 06 October 2016 14:49:08

apricot tree

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 14:35

The pluot is a plum/apricot hybrid and I've not grown one.  I have eaten them and wasn't that impressed - nothing like the wonderful taste of a freshly picked apricot 

There are plenty of apricot varieties that will produce fruit in a sheltered spot outside in the UK. My mother in law has a very productive tree in Lincolnshire.  Think hers is a Goldcot. 

Lots of good advice here 

I really recommend Reads Nursery -and I have no connection with them other than as a satisfied customer. 

Lemon Tree

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 13:57

I find that daylight hours and light intensity is just as important as temperature when it comes to plant growth.  

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 09:57
Joyce21 says:

Dove - driving = shoulder movement >>>> pain 

See original post

 Driving's ok thank goodness Joyce- the pain occurs when my arm is  raised above horizontal, so not likely to happen when driving - thank goodness.  But thanks for thinking of me 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 08:57

I suppose I could always pop out to the GC the other side of the city - they've got a bulb sale on ..... 

Lemon Tree

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 08:37

I wouldn't feed anything at this time of year - with low temperatures and light levels, not to mention short daylight hours, plants don't grow much if at all - they just wait for spring - that's the time to feed them.  

New GW...??

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 08:34

You can please some of the people some of the time, but you'll never please all of the people all of the time.

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