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Camera Talk

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 17:06

Those are lovely pix BL. I've been to Italy a few times and would love to go back one day. 

The hills I was at on Sunday are at the other end of the loch from Taynuilt. Glen Etive is a classic area for mountains and views. Unfortunately, many of the people driving down it don't seem to understand the meaning of the words 'passing place'....

aym - May is a good time to visit Scotland, but also September or October. We often get better weather then than we do in the summer months. The south of Scotland is vastly different from further north though. If you want proper scenery, you need to get beyond the central belt - either up the west coast - Loch Lomond/The Trossachs/ Fort WIlliam, then up to Torridon and beyond (the best side ) or in the north east/ Cairngorms area and Braemar/Ballater/Aboyne. If you went in the winter, you'd get plenty of snow and views, even at lower level. You'd be just over two hours drive from the border to get to beautiful Loch Lomond  

Cutting Back Strawbs - Monty

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 12:46

Always worth experimenting newboy. Your own conditions will dictate what works best for you and the plants  

Just remember to take note of what happens for future reference...

Night-time creature digging up lawns/plants/bulbs

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 12:43

Tulips are usually too deep for squirrels. Or they should be if they're planted correctly!

They normally get crocus, anemones, or the little alliums etc as they're small and not too deep for them to get out. They love my sphaerocephalon alliums...

Can you help me identify this plant?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 12:40

Gaura lindheimeri, Michaela.  It's a  very pretty plant  

new cold frame question

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 12:38

Looking good sanjy - did you nick my friend's windows? I got two the same when she upgraded her windows! 

Cold frame to be constructed here too. I haven't had the time yet. I should have enough timber left from all my other building projects though. We can compare notes....

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 12:34

Hosta - that made me laugh. She'd probably have preferred Pol Pot, Idi Amin and Mugabe all at the same time for a week, rather then her for an hour 

She's certainly not popular with Scots, obelixx...you daren't mention 'poll tax' here...

Americans have always terrified me...a sweeping statement I know, but I worry about the appointments they make for President, especially when they vote them in again....

Sun is trying to get out here, but it's one of those grey, damp autumnal days. Lots of foliage down, berries on golden leaved rowans and the oaks and horse chestnuts all yellow and beautiful. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 08:03

That area ( Little Loch Broom)  is further north than me aym - by a good bit. About 250 miles to Ullapool. Long journey if you take the scenic, coastal route, because of the roads, but also several hours if you go the other way. It's where we were on holiday last year, and where I spent my childhood holidays. My Dad loved the landscape even though he was a Londoner, born and bred.

The midges don't bother me too much but they are extremely vicious and can regularly send strong men running for cover....  

Once you're high enough they're not usually an issue either. 

new cold frame question

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 07:56

Yeh - no need for holes - opening your lid as and when the weather suits is the norm.

As you thought, you'll need the base lined and with holes as you plan on moving it around. Don't want it all falling out the bottom on the path behind you....

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 07:51

Morning all/afties Pat. In answer to your question - no, we didn't try turning the puzzles. That's a bridge too far for me! I did one last night of the burn from my walk  on Sunday. It was quite tricky  

Dull and damp here today - back to the norm. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted. 

Enjoy your windy fish and chips Clari. At least it won't have plaster dust in it....

I'm very lucky Lantana. I don't take it for granted, even when I have the long drive home after a walk. 

Looking forward to some  photos too obelixx. Your new surroundings sound beautiful.

I'll have a quick catch up here before I head off to t'mill. 

Have a good day everyone 

Clematis gift

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 21:55

Assuming it's filling that pot quite well, I'd pot it on into a deep pot, the proper clematis ones if you can, but a 6 or 7 inch standard one will do if you don't have that.  That will let it develop a good root system for next year. Just keep it in a sheltered spot over winter.

A clematis in a 9cm pot is basically a cutting. 

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