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Charlie November

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Camera Corner

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 23:35

 Hull Pot

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 23:32

 Pen-y-Ghent from the NW

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 23:31

 Ingleborough Hill and Whernside viewed from Pen-y-Ghent

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 23:29

Horse Head Moor (centre), Yockenthwaite Moor (behind it left), Buckden Pike (behind Horse Head Moor, right), Darnbrook Fell (low thing right of centre), Fountains Fell (taller and further right) and Rye Loaf Hill (sharp top far right) from Pen-y-Ghent.

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 22:14

Pen-y-Ghent from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, time-stamped 09:51 GMT by the camera:

Pen-y-Ghent from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, time-stamped 19:41 GMT by the camera:

In the intervening 9 hours and 50 minutes, I did the Yorkshire Three Peaks walk (23 miles, 37 km, 1310m vertical) and the sheep moved around a bit.

I think I should go to bed now.


Posted: 04/06/2015 at 23:50

So that's why they don't eat my brambles. They're all eating your strawberries.

I mentioned the rather large local grey squirrel and rabbit populations in one place to an American friend. He replied: "Sounds like you're living in the middle of some good eating!"

As for pigeons, it depends what they've been eating. Grain from nearby fields? Yeah, eat the pigeons. Maggots, rubbish, dropped kebabs (really, pigeons have no standards!) and slugs? Maybe not.

On-line purchases

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 18:00

Personal recommendation: Bluebell. They let me know when the plants would be ready, they sent good-quality plants in really good packaging, I got a 'phone call with extra info about how to look after the particular roses I bought and so far I've had a 100% success rate with their plants.

Van Meuwen: no experience but this site has a search function ... and they've got their own thread, with many tales of late deliveries and emails being ignored. "The plants were ordered in plenty time for a special occassion and despite emails and expensive phone calls, 20 mins plus, the order was deferred for 6 months if that was acceptable. No way. ... Vanmeuwen are without doubt the worst gardening company we have ever dealt with. Never use them again and would be happy to substantiate this fiasco of a service."

Also this: "I have just discovered that Thompson & Morgan, The Vernon Geranium Nursery, Van Meuwen and Rainbow Flowers and Gifts are all owned and operated by the same company, Branded Garden Products Limited." Considering T&M's reputation on this site, that's not an endorsement.

Then this: "There seems to be some stand out companies that don't get mixed reviews, Jersey and VM seem to be the highest rated though."

Also their website's pretty good on telling you what compost to use and the like. Of course, you could leech the info from tehir site and buy the plants elsewhere ...


Climbing roses

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 06:49


Don't be afraid to prune them. After they flower, cut the stems back to 2 or 3 healthy leaves. They'll only branch out from the top 2 or 3 anyway after you cut them, so cuttign them longer just makes for a straggly base. If you take off the flowers as soon as they start losing petals and cut back to 2 leaves, you can combine dead-heading with taking cuttings and get "free" rose bushes. When the flower buds form, you can make a huge dent in the aphid population with finger and thubm, because the aphids will congregate on the buds and you can just wipe them off and squish them. I've got a honeysuckle that the hoverflies love, I feed the birds and I move ladybirds and spiders from the house to the roses, so not many aphids here anyway. They won't twice or cling, so you have to weave them into the trellis or tie them to it.

I failed to grow clematis here, too. Maybe I should try again. Goodness knows I've plenty of rocks with which to shade the roots now.

Camera Corner

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 23:08

Kettlewell from SSW, looking up Cam Gill and the road over to Coverdale. That's Great Whernside on the right, 704 metres above sea level. Behind its left end is Little Whernside, 604 m asl, and the more famous Whernside is miles away to the west and higher than either of them at 736 m asl. Left side in the picture has many names, starting with Cam Pasture, Cam Head, Top Mere, Top Mere Top, Starbotton Out Moor and Starbottom Fell and finishing up as Buckden Pike.

Camera Corner

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 22:58

Below Arncliffe it had a lot more water in it:


Wow. The site let me upload a panoramic. That's Buckden Pike in the distance, with Langstrothdale leading down to it. At Buckden it turns right and becomes Wharfedale. The stream in the cut in the foreground is Hagg Beck.

Cote Gill flowing into Littondale from the south, with Hawkswick Cote and Arncliffe Cote beside it on the valley floor and Blue Scar on the hill behind. The east end of that hill, out of sight to the left, is Kilnsey Crag, and if you follow the line of Cote Gill southwest across the moor top you'll come to Malham Tarn.

The view "a bit to the left" from higher up. That's Littondale (from the right) opening into Wharfedale (near left to far right), with Conistone by the water on the far side of the Wharfe a little way down, Conistone Dib a crease in the hillside left of it, Grassington out of sight behind a little hill called Far Gregory and, beyond that, a hill called Burnsall & Thorpe Fell on the eastern (left) end and Cracoe Fell on the western (right) end.

Discussions started by Charlie November

Uh-oh ...

This one doesn't look good. 
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3-part hedge

This is what you get for neglecting it for 20 years! 
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Most embarassing failure of the weekend

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An octopus's garden in the shade

No octopodes, but lots of shade 
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Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Huge thing with tiny white flowers and heart-shaped leaves 
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Rose cuttings: timing

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When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

At least I didn't spend anything. 
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Apple tree with white leaves

It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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