London (change)
Today 4°C / 1°C
Tomorrow 5°C / 1°C


Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Should I plant Victoria plum?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 19:49

Oh, it isn't in italics now

Should I plant Victoria plum?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 19:48
When we had a Victoria we put wooden props (like clothes props) under the branches when they began to sag because of a heavy crop. It worked.  Don't know why it's in italics


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 19:33

Hi Wills, I'm afraid not.  Sweet peas and most climbers need something to climb up by various means.  Sweet peas have tendrils that twirl around netting, canes twigs or similar. 

Clematis wind their leaf stems around trellis or wires. 

Ivy will cling onto walls and fences without any other form of support, so will the climbing hydrangea, but they can get heavy and pull a fence down.

Sweet peas have to be sown fresh every year - you can sow them in the autumn and overwinter them, or in the spring.  Here is a thread devoted to growing them

Holly Bush monoecious or dioecious ?????

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 18:12

JC Van Tol is a really useful holly. 

But according to this website and several others I've checked, Blue Princess is a female and needs a pollinator - my guess is there's a male within bee-flying distance.


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 16:57

We eat lots of game.  I usually pot-roast pheasant in good cider, with apples/quince stuffed inside the cavity.  Any leftovers get turned into a pasty filling with some black pudding added. 

As for partridge, I flash roast them on a high heat for about 30 mins then leave it to rest - this is the best recipe I know  delicious

Tonight's we're having Confit pheasant legs and panfried pheasant breast with apple and black pudding, sweet potato mash and curly kale.

Can plants grow back their roots?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 16:25

Yes, roots that have been damaged will regrow providing they've not been damaged too much.  The problem might be that there won't be enough roots to provide food and water to the plant while the roots are regrowing.   That's why it sometimes helps to prune back the top of a plant when replanting. 

However if you want your avocado to grow as a 'tree shape' cutting it back will spoil this.  Some people cut their avocado plants back by two-thirds when they reach about two feet in height, and they then grow as a bush rather than a tree. 

Don't give your avocado too much water now - wait until the soil is fairly dry before watering again.  Roots need oxygen as well as water.

Is it too late to uproot my avocado plant?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 16:09

Applefritter - set some more avocado stones as soon as possible - then if the worst should happen, your heat won't be quite so broken.

Good luck


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 16:06

I've done some bits outside as well - just a bit of weeding and pottering - while some pheasant legs are confit-ing.  I'm doing a bit of a trial run for Pheasant two ways for when a friend and her hub come for a meal in a few weeks' time.

It's my birthday

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 15:46

Wow! Is that a Knickerbocker Glory!  Haven't had one for years. 

I hope Mahinur is having a lovely day.  She's a very pretty birthday girl

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Winterwatch BBC2

Starts this evening 9.00pm 
Replies: 9    Views: 241
Last Post: 19/01/2015 at 22:27


Please help me choose 
Replies: 11    Views: 221
Last Post: 09/01/2015 at 17:02

Trees and their relationships

Interesting info about fungi, microrhyzal organisms and trees 
Replies: 3    Views: 223
Last Post: 05/01/2015 at 18:01

New Year Gardening Resolutions

What do you really mean to do differently in 2015? 
Replies: 37    Views: 930
Last Post: 01/01/2015 at 18:00

Formatting Problems

There's a rogue thread 
Replies: 8    Views: 286
Last Post: 11/12/2014 at 16:47

Christmas lights in the garden

Replies: 99    Views: 3286
Last Post: 24/12/2014 at 21:51

John Innes Compost

All your questions answered 
Replies: 6    Views: 462
Last Post: 24/11/2014 at 07:52

Amazing amateur wildlife photos

Russian foxes in the Arctic Circle 
Replies: 17    Views: 710
Last Post: 15/12/2014 at 00:00

Hallowe'en Howlers

A seasonal joke thread 
Replies: 30    Views: 662
Last Post: 02/11/2014 at 10:04

Tree of the Year

Some wonderful photographs of wonderful trees 
Replies: 3    Views: 278
Last Post: 29/10/2014 at 08:07

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

All welcome ............who's coming? 
Replies: 392    Views: 8479
Last Post: 02/11/2014 at 21:56

It's a mystery ....

Can you name this plant? 
Replies: 6    Views: 398
Last Post: 26/10/2014 at 19:27

Bargain Roses

For a limited time only 
Replies: 2    Views: 289
Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 10:57

Prepare for a heatwave!!!

It's not winter yet ....... 
Replies: 30    Views: 882
Last Post: 14/10/2014 at 11:25

Recording the weather in your garden

Do you? 
Replies: 9    Views: 392
Last Post: 28/09/2014 at 14:37
1 to 15 of 101 threads