Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Pruning a small garden conifer

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 10:24

And I agree too ... there were similar trees here when we moved in ... the tops had been taken out to reduce the height ... they looked pitiful 

Take them out and replace with something that will give some shape and colour without shading the window.   If the owner likes the current style of the garden maybe a prostrate juniper? Available in green, blue and gold varieties ... 

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 10:21

Good morning all   Have been reading in bed this morning ... it's a beautiful morning out there ... OH and I will do some gardening stuff when it's a bit drier underfoot.  

Hope everyone got some rest of some sort overnight ... Pat ... your OH and his mates must be totally shattered.  Maybe the person who set the fire should be sent a bill ...?  Even just for the fuel used by the firefighters ... that might concentrate the mind a bit ... 


Posted: 23/09/2017 at 17:46

I usually cut mine back by about half at the end of October, to stop it being rocked about by the winter winds, but there's nothing to stop you doing it now if you don't mind losing the flowers.  Mine's still blooming.

Then, as you say, cut it hard back in the spring. 

Plant help!

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 17:27

If your photo isn't upload try reducing the size ... it usually uploads just fine then 

I'D this fruit

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 16:27

Yes, they look like unripe Japanese Quince to me too ... Chaenomales japonica ... I used them to flavour apple dishes and also with dishes like roast pheasant or guinea fowl.  The cut up fruit remain pretty tough even when cooked, but they impart a wonderful flavour to the meat and a sauce made with the juices. 

Jam jar rooting

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 16:24

I take cuttings too, and overwinter them as I described which is what Marygold asked about ... but  as I don't cut the established plants back until the spring I find they overwinter pretty reliably ... a bonus of this is that I also find lots of self-sown babies every spring which get moved around the garden to where I want them.  

Brown bumps on orchids

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 15:37

Those look like scale insects ... rub them off ... if they need a bit of encouragement I would use cotton wool balls soaked in methylated spirits to rum them with.

You can clean the leaves with a mix as described here - scroll down to Handy Hints 

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Posted: 23/09/2017 at 14:38

Hi Mrs Alma Smith 

I've flagged this up to the GW team ... I'm sure they'll get back to you next week when they're in the office. 

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 14:36

Farmers ought to know better   ... you shouldn't set a fire when there's a wind ... back in the day Pa used to burn off stubble ... he was very careful to check wind conditions and there were tractors with bowsers full of water just in case ... I can't remember him ever having one that got away from him ... sometimes a field couldn't be burned off because the weather was wrong ... it just had to be left.  

Think your hubby and his mates are heroes!!!

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 13:46

Doesn't look as if there are too many pilots BL ... rather the other way around 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

New Year's Day Flower Count 2018

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A new snake in the UK!!!

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Hello Forkers ... August edition

A friendly place of frolics and conversation where everyone is welcome to join in to chat and procrastinate to their heart's content...  
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Harvest 2017

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Two shrubs need a name please

Saved from the skip ... but what are they? 
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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

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