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Yesterday at 19:43
Sounds like you two had a lovely day Hosta and Lyn
Cakes look really good r'girl - can I have one with no icing too please
I used to do those choc cakes in am ug with the girls when they were little Obelixx. Too easy though....
You kept that quiet Joyce. Hope you had a good day - or as good as is possible under the recent circumstances . Nice having your daughter there. Love and hugs to you xxx
I'll get those seeds off to you tomorrow if I can - I need to get a stamp!
It warmed up a bit here after the rain went off. Got to the dizzy height of 13 at lunchtime, but mid teens later. Food shopping done so that's another chore out the way - till next week....
Can't believe it's almost the end of the week again. Forecast looks c**p for the weekend though, thunder lightning and heavy rain on the hills, so not likely to get a walk. Plenty to do at home I suppose...
Yesterday at 18:24
I grew a couple of other whites last year which were a little bit disappointing - White Frills and Jilly. They were both good clear whites but they didn't have a great scent, although that may have been lack of warmth here. They just didn't grow particularly brilliantly. Our weather usually suits sweet peas well , and I never have problems other than in spring when it's too cold for them to make good growth, so I can only put it down to poorer quality seed.
Yesterday at 18:17
I'd suspect they're very dry. Clematis need a lot of water.
Have you got a photo you can post to see if it's anything else? Click on the camera icon in the top right hand corner and follow instructions. If it doesn't load, it may need to resized a bit smaller
Yesterday at 18:14
No need to cut them back if they're going into the ground from a pot wakeshine. Having said that, it can help if it's a hot, dry spell, to make it easier for them to establish well.
If they're in a big enough pot just now, ( either the deep clematis pots, or at least a 6 or 7 inch one) and the roots are filling it, you can plant them now to get them established before autumn/winter. Plant them deep and make sure they're well watered in and watered regularly if it's dry. If you have some well rotted manure and some decent compost to add to thte planting hole, that will help. Unfurl stems and tie them in if you don't cut them back.
Group 2s only need a bit of tidying after the first flush of flowers as they usually flower again later, but you can also treat them as Group 3 by cutting back in late winter. I usually just leave mine and trim any rough foliage back after flowering. We don't often get a second flush of flowers up here anyway, or if we do, it's usually not very many.
Yesterday at 17:52
Of course it does Linda. Lovely.
Just realised I posted my pic already. Hopeless old tart
Also saw you asked me what the white one is scroggin. Apologies - didn't see it. It's Dorothy Eckford. A new one for me, and it is a good clean white with an excellent scent, even on a dull day and when barely open. Definitely one I'd grow again.
Yesterday at 08:11
Hi Superhero - I think you're over analysing and complicating it. Just go to a GC or DIY store and buy a mix for shade. It won't make a huge difference which one you pick. If there's one which suits wet rather than dry conditions, pick the one that's nearest to your conditions, but if you have permanently wetareas, grass isn't going to thrive very well anyway, whatever you pick. You'd have to address the wet soil first.
I think the person posting above (whatcherdillard) has their own 'agenda' - they clearly didn't understand your query, judging by the response. Or possibly it's heading towards a sneaky free advert. Not very helpful.
Yesterday at 08:05
Forgot mine - in a glass jar....
Yesterday at 08:03
What's a ggod mood?
These freeloaders really need to learn to spell fidget, don't they? Not sure how you rearrange your garden with plastic jars either, but what do I know.....
Yesterday at 08:00
Monring all/afties Pat - something slightly sad about your last pepper... but I'm sure he'll taste lovely
chicky - do you think tyour toms and Dove's might attempt to take over the world in a triffid like way?
Hope you can get them tied back in without too many casualties. I've never tried the string alone method. Always like a cane in for security
BL- sounds like you had a great day. Was MrB the icing on the cake? And the cherry on top? Not that he does anything for me...no sirree....not a bit....nothing....zip....
NBeach - never straightforward is it? HMRC are hopeless - like most councils. A**e and elbow.
Off for a quick look round before I go. Hopefully it'll clear up later like it eventually did yesterday. At least none of the pots need watering, let alone anything else. Have a good day everyone - if possible
2 days ago at 18:39
2 days ago at 17:28
I think Hosta's right about the nematodes. We have huge snails here, and it's very satisfying picking them up and flinging them...
If you have nay plants in pots - or even just empty pots - check round the rims for them during the day or early evening. They like to lurk there, and also in certain plants. They enjoy hiding in my phormium foliage among other places.
2 days ago at 17:14
Brilliant Tom. It'll be terrific when you get the other part done.
Give your aches and pains time to disappear first
2 days ago at 17:06
It's your garden now. Bear that in mind. Not your mother's and not the previous owner's.
If you can't be bothered with the hassle of them, then get rid.
There are loads of things you can grow which you can enjoy looking after. If you need to spend a lot of time on a plant, make sure it's one you like and want. Alternatively, if you don't have lots of time, but want a nice space to enjoy, there are plenty of shrubs and plants which will have minimal effort to keep them looking good.
I understand why people like roses, although I don't grow any, but they have to suit your lifestyle. There are plenty of varieties (as others have mentioned) which will be easier to look after than the awkward ones you have.
2 days ago at 16:57
Just reading your issues with daughter NBeach. Is there any way your daughter could arrange a contract directly with the landlord and to hell with the middle man (letting agent) ? Surely that would be a more satisfactory arrangement for all? I've also been on both sides of the rental market, and know how difficult it can be when people don't play ball, or play fair.
Hosta - it does sound like the previous tenants have been sneaky and done the dirty on you. What the **** is wrong with people these days? I dare say Obelixx is right about holiday lets, but it would doubtless be more work for you both with changeovers
I'd ask the council why it would be an issue having a change to permanent tenants, instead of holiday lets too.
There seems to be a lack of 'joined up thinking' with councils about so many issues. Why does that not surprise me in the slightest.....
2 days ago at 12:34
Looks good Tom, and sorry to rain on your parade a bit but, what are you going to do round the base of the structure? It's a good bit higher then the grass level.
Maybe another little surround of timber and gravel infill to make a shallow step up? Or plant up with thymes or low growing alpines ? They'd hide the base but also give additional colour and scent and would appreciate the sharp drainage. Dianthus would be great.
You've put a lot of hard graft in there. Hope you got a treat in return
2 days ago at 08:10
Oh Hosta - your post wasn't there earlier. The sleep thing is a right pain.
I agree with you about Bambi. Venison casserole is very good
HAs anyone seen doc? Is he away and I've missed him saying?
I'd better go and get organised too. I have a nice short commute so at least I don't have to get up at stupid o'clock for work!
Have a good day everyone - or as good as possible....
2 days ago at 08:04
How did your packing go Dove?
2 days ago at 08:03
It's clearly been too dry Torg, if there's been ants in it's pants!
You need to thoroughly soak the entire rootball for a good while to rehydrate it. You may have to immerse it in a big bucket of water to do that. That will also send the ants somewhere else. As it's in a pot long term, make sure you don't use only compost. It needs a soil based medium to help maintain moisture and keep it nourished. After you get it properly dampened, use a mulch on top to help retain it. Bark is good and also lends itself to the look.Lack of moisture early in the year also contributes to frazzled leaf ends.
What kind of pot is it in? Clay will tend to draw moisture out of the soil/compost, so a glazed one is better if you can manage it.
2 days ago at 07:56
Morning all/afties Pat - hope the washing stayed where it was meant to!
No chance of getting any out here - ferdiddling down.Good for getting my patches of newly sown grass seed well watered in though.
I felt the same this morning AuntyR. Slept really soundlyfor a change and felt drugged when the alarm went off
chicky - what a pain. They do so much damage. I had to laugh on Saturday coming home. There was a stag standing at the side of the road just on the open stretch near Rannoch Moor. All the traffic coming the other way was slowing down to gawp, and no doubt take photos. I wonder how many acccidents he caused! He looked like he was waiting for it to clear so he could cross over to the other side
3 days ago at 22:59
Did you get back to sleep for a while earlier Pat?
I use a timer on the washing machine sometimes - it's quite handy if it's going to be good day and you can get two loads out, one out before I go to work, and then daughter does one when we come home for lunch
I'll do the rest of the pix tomorrow if I get a chance. Glad you enjoyed them. It was a grand walk, and I was very lucky with weather - not too much rain, and the wind was better than predicted. All the surrounding hills were in clag down to about 2,000 feet pretty much all day, apart from a couple of the neighbouring Mamores.
Bed for me now I think. Night all