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Posted: 17/01/2016 at 16:59

Was that a Freudian slip Verd?  'cluck' when speaking to Topbird!  

Went for a little walk after going for bird food and milk. nice to get out. Buzzards in the fields and a fieldfare at the farm along the road. It's about the only place I see them round here - they don't usually come in the gardens. Sparrows in the hedges giving it what for  

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 13:37

I knocked the snow off these and a few other things

Does that count?

No chance of anything else! 

Snow frolics

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 13:34

Lesley - I've found that the blackies even know when I'm coming home at lunchtime on work days as I  put a second lot of food out for them. They were out there half an hour ago... just  contemplating and looking hopeful.... 

They give me a huge amount of pleasure. Raisins are a big favourite here along with the 'tethered' apples on skewers.

Shrubs & Flowers for large North facing garden

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 13:05

You need to get up earlier to fox me Verd....

Meant to say - there's another one whose name won't come to me - like a holly but'll know what it is Verd


Posted: 17/01/2016 at 12:41

Verd - re taxi duty -   

I've cleared all the paths and knocked the snow off the evergreens - did the Fatsia when I got home last night. It gets very sad in the snow  but looking happier today 

Gritters have done the road so it should be no problem getting in and out now. I came in by the roundabout route last night - there's a very tricky little hill to negotiate if I go the usual way - didn't want to get stuck when I was a couple of minutes away! 

Shrubs & Flowers for large North facing garden

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 12:35

Hi Lisa - as you already have Pieris and Camellias, you should find Rhododendrons and Azaleas will probably thrive. There are loads of varieties readily available. I also have Mahonia in a similar position - also clay soil. They are prickly but if that's an issue, you can plant in front of them if there's sufficient room. Hollies will do the same. Skimmias and Gaultherias will also do well.

You could also try Osmanthus burkwoodii - it has scented white flowers in late winter/spring, and Sarcococca - Christmas Box. You could add a few foliage evergreens like  Euonymous and Elaeagnus as well - several good varieties and easy to find. 

Those are all evergreen, but you could add a few other deciduous shrubs into the mix - Viburnums for instance - although there are a few evergreen varieties of those too. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 12:21

Bumping up for Ginger 

Those are great pix Chrissy and DEnd 


Posted: 17/01/2016 at 12:19

Hi Ginger - there's a camera thread for general photos and queries about photography - Camera Corner by DavidK, (who keeps us all right!) and I'll bump up the Garden pic thread so that you can see it. 

If you also do a search for 'Garden Pictures 2015' it should bring up last year's thread - it'll let you see what has gone on last year in everyone's gardens. 

Yvie - that's not good  Have you got something for the infection? 

Proposal on the local gardening show!

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 12:11

How lovely Tootles...makes an old 'un like me quite misty eyed too   

May you have many, many happy years ahead 

oh...and stock up on the hankies....

Snow frolics

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 12:10

LP - you could have sent me your leftover cake and pudding.... 

That's a very cute pic Lesley!

Dennis is a real bully - like most of 'em when they have a ladyfriend and  their own 'spot'.  

He's enjoying the gingerbread house via the blender. Not much of it left - fairylet will have to make a new one for this year.

The house is in the blender...not Dennis....


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