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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: Yesterday at 21:49

I've never fancied the 'southern hills' Joyce. They always seem a bit hummocky and featureless somehow. I dar esya I'm doing them a great disservice,  but I'm not attracted to them. 

The Ramsay Round is utterly mental - under any conditions.  After being on The Easains and seeing Jasmin Paris on her record breaking run, I still can't get my head round it!

I think it's a bit like paintballing but less messy chicky  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: Yesterday at 21:18

I've done a good bit of tidying this weekend too chicky - never know when the weather will turn again, so making hay and all that  

T'bird - I've just watched The Adventure Show (it was on at 7pm BBC2 here, but probably just Scotland) and the next one has an item on Colin Prior, the landscape photographer, so if you're able to series link or download) you might enjoy it. It's always a bit random as you never know when it's going to be on though. Tonight's was good - the guy trying to break the record for the Ramsay Round (24 Munros in 24 hours)in winter. Makes me ill just thinking about it!  Good winter to attempt a record though - less severe than usual!  

Did my duty today - took the girls to Xscape (Braehead)  for 'laser quest' with some of their friends,and then went back and collected them. 

I've no idea what it is....

Snowdrop ID please

Posted: Yesterday at 21:05

Common maybe - but utterly delightful all the same. Stunning when en masse   

Bargain clematis and Sweet Peas doing well! What now?!

Posted: Yesterday at 20:57

I'd get those sweet peas somewhere cooler or they're just going to get even leggier. The mini greenhouse will be fine - they only need protection from the worst of the winter rains. Keep them well ventilated, especially on milder days. Pinch out as they grow on to keep them bushy, until they're a decent size to plant out in their final positions. Slugs and snails will just eat them while they're small, and they'll only sit there and do nothing in cold soil.

Keep the clematis as they are for now, but again, get them outside  - just somewhere sheltered. They don't need cossetting that much. What varieties are they? 

They'll be able to be planted out a bit later in the year. Personally, I'd pot them on in a month or so and grow them on till late summer to plant out then. They'll be much bigger and stronger that way. They take a few years to mature properly - those are young plants  

Snowdrop ID please

Posted: Yesterday at 20:48

They look like the common one to me too 

How to plant a rose arch with Clematis

Posted: Yesterday at 20:45

Bear in mind the flowering times of your choices  too. It depends whether you want two plants that flower at the same time, so you need to pick accordingly. 

EV flowers from mid/late summer (July )  until October here. 

I'd still be very wary of a rambler (rose) unless your arch is substantial - in every way. Those ramblers get big and heavy.

Cotoneaster dammeri, horizontal

Posted: Yesterday at 20:39

Bugle is a common name for it GD. Very useful for ground cover and will take sun if it's moist enough  - which it should be there  

There's a good few varieties, but they have little spikes of blue flowers and most have dark purpley foliage 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: Yesterday at 20:36

I love the little reticulata Irises too. I have a very dark purple one, but they're on their way out now. I've had three years from them though, so can't complain. I'll get more in the autumn.

Pauline is good dark one - but I can't recall which one I have now.... 

It's very similar though. This is it at it's best a couple of years ago. 

Less flowers this year 

Lovely pic with the bee GD 

Cotoneaster dammeri, horizontal

Posted: Yesterday at 18:37

They stay quite low growing GD - about a foot or maybe two. I don't find they get big in any way, but that might be down to my climate and conditions here. 

New Zealand Flax or Phormium

Posted: Yesterday at 18:34

I don't grow either of those two varieties GD - but Phormiums do well enough in pots. The only issue with the more highly coloured or variegated ones, is that you need to split them every few years so that they don't lose their colouring. 

You'll also need to be able to reach them to water every so often, but I expect you can work that one out with a hosepipe!

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