Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Pear tree

Posted: 20/10/2017 at 16:21

Yes, pear rust.  Pick off affected leaves and bag and bin them.  Rake up fallen leaves and mulch the soil beneath the tree to help prevent recurrence in the future.

Wishfull thinking?

Posted: 20/10/2017 at 15:13

Aeoniums, especially Aeonium atropurpureaum 'Schwarzkopf' would look fine with the other succulents I mentioned and  give you some height ... although you'd have to keep them in pots and take them indoors to overwinter.  

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 20/10/2017 at 15:09
AuntyRach says:

Dove - I wasn't expecting that story from your link. What a strong woman for sharing her story and celebrating her passion. 

 The interview on Woman's Hour was very moving ... she obviously found it very upsetting to talk about but felt that she had to do it.  

Wishfull thinking?

Posted: 20/10/2017 at 14:50

I have a similar space but unfortunately it's on the north side of the wall so in shade ... if it was in sun all day I'd put some gravel there and grow sedums and sempervivums there as I did in a similar space at a previous home. 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 20/10/2017 at 13:59

Duh!  There I was, so pleased with myself, really getting a move on with stuff this morning, then ............. where are the nutmegs? The little pot with nutmegs in has disappeared ....... vanished ......... but I need some for the bechamel for my lasagne ....... so I've had to do a trip to the farm shop where OH suggested that the nutmeg pot might have tumbled into the recycling bag underneath the herbs & spices shelf ...... well, the recycling bin was collected yesterday so there's no way of checking  . Anyway, I took the opportunity to get stuff for the weekend too, so we have two huge pork chops for tomorrow and a pheasant for Sunday and a lovely big cauliflower for whenever 

When I went up to the farm shop there were several cars parked quite randomly and not in proper spaces in the huge garden centre car park ... I mentioned it to OH who says that it's happening quite frequently recently. He said that yesterday there was a huge and very expensive 4WD just 'abandoned' on the end of a row, partially obstructing the driving route around the car park and causing problems for delivery lorries. One of the farmshop's regular customers ... a very smart and 'properly wealthy' woman went into the shop and asked for a pen and paper so she could stick a note on the windscreen ... OH provided her with pen and paper and she started writing the note .... "What makes you such a ...........    " another member of staff suggested 'D*ck' ......... 'That's it' she said ......... and completed the note which read 'What makes you such a d*ck that you think you're entitled to park where you like and make life difficult for others, rather than parking sensibly like everyone else?' and she went out and stuck it on the windscreen .......... unfortunately OH missed seeing its driver return to the car 

Monkey puzzle tree advice.

Posted: 20/10/2017 at 12:16
Guernsey Donkey2 says:
...  I certainly wouldn't cut the top off our tree - it is natural for trees to grow to their full height, and Monkey Puzzle trees are naturally VERY tall.


 On my bus journey into the city I pass a Monkey Puzzle which was decapitated a few years ago ... it is quite the most pathetic and ridiculous looking thing I've seen in a long while 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 20/10/2017 at 12:10

Did anyone listen to Woman's Hour this morning ...  it's always good but today's was an even better edition than usual.  If you did you'll have heard this brave young woman talking about making clothes and what it means to her ... 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 20/10/2017 at 12:01

'Fraid the cut off for fireworks on New Years Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year is 1am ... on Bonfire Night the cut off is midnight ... at all other times the deadline is 11pm.    but does 'Bonfire Night ' refer to 5 Nov or to the nearest Friday or Saturday night  that people have chosen to stage their celebration? 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 20/10/2017 at 11:55

Well, it's obviously not a playing in the garden sort of day today ... I'd need to borrow Hosta's waders (a slight exaggeration, but it is very soggy out there even if the rain has stopped).

So............ I'm making  for our supper.

I've got 'ordinary' butcher's sausages, so I've used a few more fennel seeds than the recipe suggests.  

Kale harvesting

Posted: 20/10/2017 at 11:48

One tip I just remembered is to  cut an 'X' in the cut surface at the top of the stem ...  just about a quarter of an inch (sorry, I'm still in Imperial measurements ).  Somehow this seems to stimulate the growth of shoots in brassicas ... it works when you've cut a cabbage too ... cut an 'X' in the top of the stalk and you'll get fresh leaves you can use like spring greens in the spring. 

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