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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 21:22

Nut's absolutely right (she almost always is - can't think of when she isn't).  

My OH wasn't at all interested in gardening when I got him, but he's getting quite good now - I even left him in charge of the tomatoes for a coupe of days while I went away the other weekend. 

I started off by buying him black plants, which he thought were fascinating - we then progressed to succulents - he has shallow pots with sempervivums in them outside his studio window.  Now he's getting interested in the insects that visit the fennel and the lovage nearby .... it's working .... I'm turning him into quite a useful Undergardener 

Good luck!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 21:12

Delicious - the description is right, they do have a very lax habit - I'm going to get some of those wire half-hoop supports for them. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 21:04

KEF, when my elderly mother had her cateracts done the District Nurse came in and did her drops - actually she did my father's too.  

Neither of my parents were up to doing their own or each other's and although I stayed with them for the first couple of nights, I couldn't stay any longer and I live over an hour away.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 21:01

FG I got them from here 

They're not far from here, but I ordered online as they deliver and  they were also delivering my pear tree for me to turn into an espalier.  

I'm very impressed by the huge range of varieties of all sorts of fruit that they stock and the really helpful advice I've had by emailing the proprietor. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 20:50
chicky wrote (see)

Ps Dove - intrigued at what all the cooking is for.  Or am I just plain nosy 

Yep, you're nosy, but then so am I  LOL

I don't mind you asking - I'm also on a Foodie Board, and every year a group of us meet up for a picnic - this year's picnic is a bit special as it's in memory of one of us who died suddenly early this year - hopefully his widow and family will be coming along.  He was a bit special .....

It makes you realise what a fragile world a forum is - some of us have met up or exchanged 'proper' addresses - some of us have even become 'real friends', but also some of us only know each other through the Forum and one of us could go missing and no one on the Forum would know why 

whats this bush?

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 20:35
shelley lawrence wrote (see)

it is but id rather a shrub with flowers on, like a lilac,,   ....

Lilac only has flowers on for a couple of weeks - a month at the most - then they go brown and look sad for a few weeks unless you get on a step ladder and prune them all off. Then all you've got is rather dull green leaves for the rest of the spring and summer, then in the winter lilac is just bare branches.

In the winter the evergreen laurel provides shelter for small garden birds and hedgehogs often hibernate in the dry leaves beneath them.  Also blackbirds love to nest in laurels - they're so well-hidden from the sparrowhawks in it's deep shadows.

And the light reflecting off the glossy leaves of a laurel can give a real sparkle to the garden.

Damaged lawn from animal activity

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 20:25

Whether you turf or whether you reseed the surface will be fragile and you can do permanent damage by using it too soon.  You and the dogs must keep off a returfed lawn for several weeks and much longer than that for a newly seeded lawn. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 19:44

Hello - no it's not working properly, but I'm finding it's workable if, after I've Submitted a reply, I go straight to Latest Posts then hit F5.  

Sometimes I can see that someone, eg Verdun, has replied to a post, but when I go to that thread Verdun's post isn't there.  However, if I hit F5 then Verdun's post will appear, sometimes with several more 

I couldn't face a meal this evening after having had bacon and egg sarnies at lunchtime with OH and his friend, but ................ I picked our entire crop of Hinnomaki Yellow gooseberries this afternoon - just a large bowlful, but I only planted the two very little bushes this last winter.  

The gooseberries are soft, golden and sweet (not like green bullets like the ones you buy in the shops).  I've poached them gently in a little light syrup and I've had a portion with a little custard for my supper - absolutely delicious - and there's enough for my breakfast with a little yoghurt. 

Isn't gardening wonderful - you can't buy gooseberries like that anywhere!  Children nowadays must wonder why anyone ever tried eating them. 

Passionflower fruits

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 16:21

Yes, as FB says, edible but not necessarily  tasty.  However, some people love experimenting 

By the way, they turn a gorgeous orange when they're ripe, and look wonderful on the vine - don't forget to take a photograph of them so that when you're up to your knees in snow and rain next winter you can remember this glorious summer 

Help in spreading my Iris

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 16:17

If yours are Bearded or Flag irises, now is the time to lift and divide them - how to do it is shown here 

Also, if you have iPlayer or similar, you can watch last Friday's Gardeners World where you can see some wonderful Bearded Irises and watch a really clear demonstration of how to lift and divide them.

Beautiful flowers, over too quickly but worth the wait for the glorious show they give us.

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Planning planting combinations

Your suggestions? 
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Courgettes - when dare I ............... ?

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Snowdrops in the green - offer

plant offer in the Guardian 
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Using water from flat roof

Is it ok for veg patch? 
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Pingles - old country name for ???

Does anyone remember .... 
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The first one I've seen this year - 2014

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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

Starting this Saturday 
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Pressure washer for terrace - time to buy

Any tips, recommendations or ones to avoid please 
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Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Is anyone interested in meeting up for a visit? 
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New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

A reason to get out there in the fresh air and count anything that's flowering .... 
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What is this ornamental tree please?

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A Holly Orchard

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Happy Endings

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Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Probably a little late for this year but .... 
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Growing Mushrooms

Has anyone done it on purpose? 
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