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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Tree I.D.

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 07:03

Hi, that was my thought too Sue - but a clearer photograph would help 


Posted: 23/07/2013 at 07:01

Good morning all  No rain here either - late last evening we lay out on the lawn watching big dark clouds moving in from the west and I was sure there'd be a storm, but nothing overnight.  Today feels cooler and very still - even the birds seem quite quiet, as if they're waiting for something.

I'm pondering - over a pond - shall we have one for the frogs? 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 21:39

I love thunderstorms - whereabouts are you Fidgetbones?

I've tied up and supported everything that might flop too badly in heavy rain andf watered the big hostas under the trees just in case as they were looking thirsty.

It's been horrendously hot here today, and I'm really tired, so I'll say goodnight now - see you in the morning - if we've not all been washed away.

Sweet dreams  

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 21:16

Hello folks - I've been watering ever since I got home -now I'm exhausted on the  sofa 


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 22:00

Bring it up here for Christmas Verdun 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 21:26




Well, that was a good day's gardening - the Shady Bank is looking much better now that I've cut back everything that was going over - especially the foxgloves and the tall campanulas.  I also cut back the rambling rose I planted last year as it's finished flowering and I want it to bush out nice and thick.  

The Undergardener (when not filching  lovely buttery new potatoes) helped me dig over the far end of the veg patch rwhere the broad beans were, and spread compost from the compost bin onto it.  We dug it in and raked it over and I've sowed two rows of Swiss Chard Lucullus.  

OH then turned all  the composting stuff in the right-hand bin into the empty bin, and we've started off a new lot of compost in the righthand bin, starting with all the perennials I cut back today.

I've cut all the chives right back as they've finished flowering, and given them a good soaking so they'll spring to life again, and given the beans, strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and pear tree a good soaking too.

We've eaten our lemon tarragon chicken, and now I'm on the sofa with my feet up 



Tomato fruit issue

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 20:52

I had blight on my Marmandes last year, but the Red Alerts which were growing nearby (both growing outside) fruited like there was no tomorrow in the most apalling cold and wet conditions and showed no sign of blight.  

They're a very reliable variety 

Apple rootstocks

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 20:38

I'd tell your suppliers about what you want the trees to do and about the soil type and the situation and be guided by them.  They know their stock.  And at least if it all goes pear-shaped  you'll have taken their advice and may have some come-back.

If you haven't chosen a supplier yet, have a look at this site - I've bought several fruit trees and bushes from them over the last couple of years and have been very impressed - the proprietor is also very happy to answer email queries. 

Drought conditions

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 20:17

If I'd planted for dry conditions I'd have been scuppered last year 


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 20:15

I would lift them and use them as you need them.  They'll be fine left in the ground until Christmas. 

Do you like Clapshot? It's my favourite way of eating swede.  (I know the recipe says use turnip, but that's what the Scots  call swedes )

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