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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 18:22

Such is life Hosta 

Chilly here too. I've put the heating on for a bit. Pity about the seedlings Liri- we didn't have too much of a problem round the corner with them. Think the wind always blew them along the road! Hope the fingers have thawed out. I haven't done anything outside this afternoon. Been sorting a few indoor issues instead. 

Hope they have a good day Joyce - weather's fairly set for the next few days I think. I haven't done any of the southern hills, apart from Tinto, which is near LP. It didn't really thrill me I'm afraid, and I have a bit of a block about heading south - don't know why. I think it's because so many of the hills there are a bit featureless and pudding-y. It's the same as the low level walking...don't care for it much either, except when I'm getting fit. I really need to have a word with myself about that, and kick my butt...    

Your grass man has been busy. 

Blackbird nest not in a good place - what do I do?

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 17:02

Hopefully you can get a balance back Pete. That's very interesting (and sad) about your frog population. Is that definitely down to the rats though?

Perhaps you could take action yourself re the rats, if you feel they still have an impact. I know there's stuff available to us ordinary punters to use, and it seems to be reasonably effective. The usual measures have to be taken of course, to avoid affecting other wildlife, but I'm sure you know that anyway. Good luck with the new pond anyway - hope the froggies return. Let us see the progress of it if you can. We always like to see a pond or two  

Know what you mean Hosta. They can be a real pain, although I'm not adding to your retirement by mentioning the other one which I think is worse.....

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 15:27

That's just a lovely spring scene zenjeff  

hardy geraniums

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 14:26

That can be the problem with shady areas - it's often dark flowers which like them, so you need another colour to balance and show them off. I love white planting for shade, but if you want to have darker plants, you can use  foliage plants which are bright green or yellow for a backdrop to dark flowers. It also stops everything looking 'samey'.

Euphorbias can be particularly good for that, and give year round structure as well if you pick evergreen varieties. 

Blackbird nest not in a good place - what do I do?

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 14:19

Oh Pete - I know what you mean. You feel that they're part of your family and you just want them to succeed. Nothing you can do. 

What a pity you can't do something about the neighbour though. If they genuinely care about feeding, perhaps you could mention that they're 'overdoing it a bit' in a nice way, and explain about the blackies, and the excess food. It might help ...a little bit...  

Certainly - the rats are an issue....

I'm currently making chicken stock from the chicken we had last night for dinner. We're such hypocrites!   

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 14:09
Hostafan1 says:

 I have to drop in " a sample"

See original post

 I'm about to have my lunch Hosta....  

Hope you get a resolution. 

T'bird- if you buy roofing battens, they'll make good obelisks. Not expensive. I've used them for making trellis, and my screen is ust a heavier version of them. 

Hope the thumb isn't too painful.

I think my bank balance might take a battering soon with clematis too. I just had an email from Taylor's about a clem I was interested in to say it's back in stock. I knew that was a mistake filling that in....

Nice pale daffs there Obelixx. Hope you can transplant those.

Glad you found your bit of glass Dove. I hate when that happens. You always seem to find it at the bottom of a bowl of washing up or something - and get caught out.

The sun disappeared a while ago and it's hazy, but the temps got into double figures recently. I won't get too excited just yet, and I'll leave the bikini in the cupboard for now. I'm sure you're all relieved...

I've forgotten everything else I meant to say now, so I'll have to read back...  

Which Clematis for which wall?

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 08:12

I love it BL. I'd wanted it for years too, and didn't have the opportunity.

It's a beautiful colour with really velvety flowers - grows well here and complements other planting well. That's oneof my favourite pix from the garden -  the raindrops just 'sat' on the flowers  

Just need to vent...

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 08:08

Totally agree Dove. 24 hour 'news' is pointless, and just leads to endless time filling.

What I don't get is why they had to have the BBC team broadcasting the breakfast news from Westminster...

Why did they have to be there and not just in the studio as usual? What possible need is there for that is when there are reporters there to relay any developments. Ludicrous. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 07:56

Morning all/afties Pat - 6m would have been a slightly different scenario! Glad it's dampening everything down.

Like Hosta - I thought it was starting to dry up a little, so that the grass could get a light trim soon, but it's gone from wet to frozen so it'll have to wait a while. Lovely and white and sparkly out the front, and half of the back, but there's blue sky and sun. Temps are rising as the thermometer is in the sunny bit 

Hope all goes well at the doc Hosta.

Just as well you had a spare Dove - I'd be the same if there was no tea 

Sounds good chicky - hope you have a great time. I love James AS. Very witty.

Wonder if Joyce got a little nap squeezed in...

I'll have a quick look before I go to work. Friday - hurrah. Have a good day everyone   

Please help me identify this ground cover plant

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 19:14

That's very nice Berghill. Foliage looks much smaller than the usual ones - or am I mistaken? It  would suit some areas I have. Does it have pink flowers?

I love the whites but they can be a bit hit and miss.

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