Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Figs galore

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 11:55

We don't really have a long enough summer to get them to ripen unless they've overwintered.  I remove all unripened figs at the end of September, leaving only tiny ones no bigger than my little fingernail.  With luck and a bit of fleece they withstand the winter and ripen the following summer. 

I'd also do some pruning

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 10:04

DD ((hugs)) you don't have to be cheerful - just keep putting one foot in front of the other and holding on tight - love and support here when you need it.

It's hard when you feel that everything depends on you isn't it ... even if it always did ... when you really are on your own it can feel scary if you stop and think about it ((hugs))

LillyPilly - son says when you get there buy furry hats with flaps that cover your ears and long wool scarves.  Get them over there ... much cheaper ... take thermal ski hoods (a bit like balaclavas) and a woolly hat to wear over the top with you to wear when you arrive.

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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 08:45

Joyce - OH gets annoyed if I clean windows - he insists on doing them - eversince I did my back in cleaning windows a couple of days before Wonky's wedding - I spent the day in a haze of painkiller fog 

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Posted: 04/01/2017 at 08:27

One off the first plants I grew from seed as a child. Buy a pack of mixed seeds - you will get a huge variety of leaf colour and pattern. i used to keep ghe ones I liked best and sold or gave the others away. 

pinch out the growing tip and side shoots to produce sturdy bushy plants and don't allow them to flower. 

Take cuttings from your favourites to overwinter. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 08:17

Ooh, if you're getting the duster out Joyce, just have a flick round here will you? I'll run ghe Hoover round your place when I do this lot 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 08:14

Good morning all  G'day Pat  No frost here - just drizzle. Amazing clear skies overnight - I was awake for a little while and opened the blinds and lay watching The Plough and other stars and constellations twinkling down at me. 

Have a good day Wonky and everyone else who's off to work. 

Why does'nt my Clematis 'Jingle Bells' flower?

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 22:33

I've got Clem. cirrhosa 'Freckles' - it's been here about 4 or 5 years and has covered a large panel of trellis and would have gone further if I'd let it. It flowers well for most of the autumn and all of the winter and a few flowers at other times too. It's in the northwest facing corner of the west facing front garden and the soil is quite damp most of the time. If the soil does dry out the leaves go brown and it looks awful, but a few buckets of water and it's soon happy again. 

I give it two or three good dollops of clematis food through the year, and all my shrubs get some Fish, Blood and Bone in the spring. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 19:26

I've just spoken to Wonky - she said to tell you all that her first day has gone well  - her colleagues are lovely and she's enjoying her induction - however it's a while since she did a lot of computer work - she thinks she probably needs to get new specs *Her lovely hub took her for lunch when they had their break

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 18:39

They said the same to me ... I said no, but if they needed me they could pay me freelance consultant's rates .............. they've not phoned

Why don't the birds visit my feeder?

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 18:36

Absolutely agree Fairy - I've found that a reliable supply of fresh water attracts birds just as much as food, if not more so.

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