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Advice needed for a ground covering plant please.

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 12:21

I'd use lamium maculatum 

there are lots of different ones with different shades of silver markings, with pretty pink flowers.  They're not expensive to buy - by several and plant them about 3 feet apart and they'll spread and spread and carpet the whole area in a couple of years if not sooner.

Here's another of the 

They're so pretty 

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 11:58

Isn't it amazing how the blackbirds will raid our strawberry beds, but will turn up their beaks at strawberries put out for them 

Camera Corner

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 11:57

Yes, it's definitely the first one - it is yours, I've compared the shadows etc on each one - but if you don't mind then it's not a problem.

But for some people it's worth bearing in mind that other people may try to make money out of other people's work unless it is protected.  


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 11:54
Fairygirl wrote (see)

I'm going the opposite way doc - would much rather be heading to Loch Lomond and beyond! 

Was it Great Western Road/Byres Road or near there Dove? The Botanic Gardens are just off that. That's very much the 'posh' West End of Glasgow, but near Glasgow Uni etc. so full of students too! My daughter's at Strathclyde at the 'not quite so posh'  East/Royal Infirmary end...  

2nd wash nearly ready 

I've found my old address book Fg, it was just off Kelvinside Gardens, just over the bridge by the Botanic Gardens - they took us to an absolutely fabulous Indian restaurant, think it was on Byres Road or just off it.  

Camera Corner

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 11:21

David - this is the company which is selling your photograph

see here - it says 

"Copyright Infringement

If you believe that one of our members has uploaded an image which infringes on your copyright or for the company to which you represent, please use the email link top right. Please include links to the content/images, we will rectify the problem immediately."

Raised Bed on firm surface

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 11:16

I have an 'ordinary' wooden raised bed which I have lined with porous membrane to enable the bed to drain freely without the compost washing through and out of the bottom of the bed - mine is not on a hard surface, but I would have thought that the same system would work if it were. 

I filled the bed with a roughly half and half mixture of top soil and Farm Yard Manure, and each year I add a layer of well-rotted FYM to the bed about now and fork it in lightly.

I also add a sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone before planting.  

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 10:55

Pretty soon I would think - they'll have been looking for nest sites for the past couple of weeks - blackbirds are mainly ground feeders and particular favourite foods are rolled oats and sultanas/raisins.  

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 10:39

One of the boys may well be a male from last year's brood - his dad will chase him off eventually - we have a pair of blackbirds regularly visiting the garden - I think they nest in the hedge in the garden behind us.  

When I was at work I fed the birds outside our office window, and we had a regular pair of blackbirds who nested every year in the climbing hydrangea growing up my office wall (as did a pair of robins).  I kept a birdbath filled with clean water, and when the blackbirds were nesting they would use the birdbath frequently during the day to 'freshen up' after a long stint on the  nest brooding the eggs.  It was wonderful to watch. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 09:55
punkdoc wrote (see)

You can all share the stream and pond, but there is a catch, you must provide me with a limitless supply of cake and, you must help with the annual task of removing silt and reeds from the pond, a real back breaker.

I'll provide the cake  - Verdun is very good at removing silt and reeds from the pond 


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 09:41

I've driven through Glasgow  twice, both times during rush-hour - on the way to Skye and on the way back - having picked a hire car up from Glasgow airport we stayed with friends who lived in a flat in one of those lovely red sandstone buildings close to lots of brilliant Indian restaurants and very close to an arboretum - can't remember the name of the road now and the friends have moved to Bearsden. 

It was in the days before Sat nav, and as OH doesn't drive he was navigating - and he wasn't very practised at that either in those days - amazingly enough we got to the very next road before we had to stop and phone friends for directions - I'm still quite proud of that 

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