Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Nothing to do with gardening

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 15:26
Posy says:

Dove, can I come to your house for Christmas, please? I agree, it's Christmas trees and cooking/baking that make the best smells. I sometimes receive those little jars of scented oils as gifts - the ones with little sticks in - and I like them very much but they cannot compete with a batch of mince pies. Mind you, they don't make you fat, either....

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 Of course Posy - all are welcome - and mince pies don't have any calories if you eat them standing up - we're very short of chairs in this house 

We live on a budget here - that's why everything is home-made and cooked from scratch.   No Christmas scented whatnots that the garden centres B&Q etc seem full of at this time of year in this house  -  also none of the outside lights draped over the house and garden running our bills up.  We keep things simple and home made - almost all the food comes from the farm shop and other stuff is home made, that's why the house smells so good  

Nothing to do with gardening

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 14:44
Singing Gardener says:

I always grow hyacinths for Christmas. ...

 I always did, but since I acquired this OH ,the only hyacinths we have are outside because the perfume brings on his asthma, ditto the Paperwhite narcissi ... annoying, but it is his only fault 

Nothing to do with gardening

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 14:41

I bring in evergreens, pine and spruce - they exude woodland smells as the house warms up.  I also make pomanders with oranges and cloves (like these ) and keep some in a pretty bowl by the fireplace.  

And I cook - there's always something baking, roasting or simmering when someone comes to the door - gingerbread, ginger biscuits, spiced baked gammon, baking potatoes with honey and sesame chipolatas or buffalo wings - and after Christmas there's soup on the hob, made with the carcass of whichever poultry or other beast has helped us with our festivities.

And then of course, there's mince pies and mulled wine ................... 

dip in the lawn

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 12:39

Unless the dip in the lawn is very shallow, it's much better (and quicker) to deal with it by peeling back the turf, adding the topsoil and reinstating the turf, as shown here

Scroll down to Bumps and hollows.

But do it in the spring, not now.  

So...Resurrected and Rebooted

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 12:33

Banana factoid:  If you peel a banana from the bottom up (holding on to the stem like a handle), you will avoid the stringy bits that cling to the fruit inside. 

Laurel bushes

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 10:43

I agree with Bob - go ahead if the planting site is ready - they shouldn't need much if any water if your soil is like ours at the moment.  

If your soil is really sodden I'd leave them where they are until it's a bit drier.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 10:30

Only down to 3.4C in the back garden last night, but ice still on the windscreen in the front at 10am this morning!  

5.4C in the back garden at the moment, a pale blue sky and still. 

What kind of Potato is this?

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 10:23

Not brilliant for mashing, but they'll make lovely roasties for your Christmas Dinner 


Posted: 23/11/2016 at 10:20

Happy birthday Obelixx - enjoy your outing 

What's an x between friends 

So...Resurrected and Rebooted

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 10:11

Did you know you can freeze brown bananas in their skins ... you don't even have to wrap them in clingfilm.  Then you can take them out and make banana cake when it's convenient, rather than feel you 'have to make it today' because there's brown bananas in the fruit bowl.  

Giving lessons in procrastination ... who?  me?   

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