Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Mystery Plants

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 12:45

1.  Tulips and possibly crocus?

2. Crocus and possibly some iris reticulata, and possibly something else as well?

I agree with Bob about 3 and 4.

Tree choice?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 11:56

Have you considered holly?  It can be quite happy growing amongst other trees and there are lots of different leaf colours including variegated, so it needn't be like a solid block of green, and you can control it's size by judicious clipping (with the bonus of free Christmas decorations).

If you plant female types you'll get berries (if there's a male around to pollinate them, and there usually is, or you can plant one).  Good for wildlife too, as bees love the flowers in the summer, birds love the berries in the winter, and blackbirds love to nest in a holly bush

If you prepare the ground  and look after it, holly grows more quickly than most people think, so it should get to a decent size in a reasonable period.

And of course, something prickly can be a help security-wise - although not all holly varieties are very prickly. 

Last edited: 19 February 2017 11:57:22


Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:31

Happy Birthday Frank - have a lovely day

Jeruselum artichoke-can it grow in a pot?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:28

I'd go for the Globe artichoke - beautiful flowers, architectural plants - and of course you can pick some before the flowers open and eat them with lashings of Hollandaise!

Whereas Jerusalem artichokes are more like lesser imitations of of sunflowers - fine if you have loads of space/need a sturdy screen and enjoy Palestine Soup and roast artichokes and don't mind the 'after effects'.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:20

Frank -  thank you for sharing your Special Day with us ... Many Happy Returns

Flat leaf parsley - are French and Italian the same thing?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:12

I find the 'toughness' of parsley depends hugely on how it's grown - grown quickly and harvested while young, it's lovely and tender - grown more slowly and harvested when it's older and darker green and it's slightly tougher - but as I'm usually using it chopped, or as an aromatic in a stock, the difference is negligible.


Posted: 19/02/2017 at 09:08

I think the 'blue' refers to the colour of the new shoots , so when it puts up some new growth you'll be able to tell. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 08:47

Good morning all 

I thought I'd said that an hour or so ago but it seems not 

Sorry you had bad dreams Hosta , not hordes of marauding amphibians was it   ((hugs)). 

Unusually OH is working today to cover for a colleagues leave. Not sure what I'm going to do ... If the weather perks up I'll spend some time outside ... 

Jeruselum artichoke-can it grow in a pot?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 08:38

Just a thought, globe artichoke flowers are much loved by bees and I think they're more attractive than the unrelated Jerusalem artichokes and are more suitable for growing in containers, albeit still very large ones as they grow into magnificent plants. I would use a very gritty compost, loam based, to ensure good drainage. Put them in a sunny spot and feed every couple of weeks in the growing season - they're hungry plants. 

Hope that helps. 

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