Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Pears, picking

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 16:19

Lovely with cold meats at Christmas - and a nice present too 

Mystery plant

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 16:16

According to this the wild cucumber vine seedpod holds only four large seeds, so I don't think it's that.

Also I can't see any tendrils. 

Last edited: 11 September 2016 16:17:19

Mystery plant

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 15:56

Thorn apple 

Don't eat it!!! 

Pears, picking

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 15:52

This is a fantastic recipe, particularly if the pears are a little bit under-ripe 

My espaliered Concorde pear is only four years old, and has three tiers - this year each branch on the two lower tiers flowered and set lots of fruit - however it obviously knew exactly what it was doing because in the June Drop it only retained one fruit per branch i.e. four pears in total - ideal for such a baby tree 

Looking forward to them ... 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 14:52
Hostafan1 says:

It's not just that Pat. If there's a problem, there's nobody in store after 5pm, so who is going to resolve any problems?

See original post

 Hosta   you'd better ask the store manager for his home phone number so that you can pass it on to any customers who might need it   Makes sense to me - that's why Super-store Managers get paid all that money 

I've just picked and frozen a load of climbing french beans, and prepped the roast chicken and veg for this evening. Really looking forward to it  

My flippin' shoulder's bdooly painful again  Glad I've got the GP appointment tomorrow morning. OH is rearranging the kitchen cupboards as one of the ones I use the most is really only accessible with your right hand, as it's in a corner - he's going to swap the contents with those in another which is easily accessible with your left hand. 

Now I'm going to sit on the sofa and knit and watch the telly - at least I can do that 

Raspberry canes - potassium problem?

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 12:20

The canes should have been cut down to ground level in February.  That encourages new shoots from below ground which are the ones which will have the fruit on. 

I can't identify this plant

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 12:09

I agree Punkdoc 


Posted: 11/09/2016 at 09:52

Oh pooh!  What a nuisance.  Shame I don't need any - or indeed have any room for any 

Don't know if this is any help but it seems they flower in their first year from seed - you could save yourself some money 

Clay pot washing

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 09:47

I find three layers enough, even in big pots.  

Usually do pink or pink & white tulips on the bottom, then grape hyacinths in the middle and white or cream early crocus on top and put a couple of small pieces of small-leaved variegated ivy at the edges of the pot to trail down the sides.

Grape hyacinths are fab in layered pots - you can plant them really close and they burst upwards like a blue powder puff   They also work well layered with Tete a tete or Minnow daffs.  

Last edited: 11 September 2016 09:48:55

secret garden

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 09:41

They'll be back in the office on Monday - I'll give Nora a shout for you. 

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