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Snowdrop /squirrel food ?

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 14:55

Noting really eats snowdrops as far as I'm aware. I've never known squirrels to eat them. It's also one of the few things rabbits don't even touch.  

My snowdrops are only just showing above soil level now, although some of the crocus are further ahead. I think we often assume snowdrops come out first, but they're always a bit slower here anyway

They might struggle a bit under the Scots pines unless you get a lot of rainfall to penetrate them. They like it damper rather than drier - in fact, they can cope with a lot of wet ground.

Perhaps you simply need a little patience, although we're always in a hurry for things to appear at this time of year, aren't we! 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 14:47

Afties all. The mercury says it's about 2 degrees but the coldish wind's dropping it a good few degrees. Still a bit of snow lying, especially at work which is a couple of hundred feet higher than I am, but the icy side roads are more of an issue. The one nearest me was like a lovely skating rink this morning. Further north is still getting a bit of a pummeling though. 

Hope no one is suffering the impending tidal surge. They're saying it might not happen. I feel sorry for the authorities in that situation. They'll get a hammering from people who've evacuated - 'why did you make us move out?', but if they did nothing and everyone got flooded, they'd get a hammering for that....

Glad he got home safe fidget. Don't envy him that crossing 

I wonder if it ever crosses delivery drivers' minds that they're well humped if they break down somewhere and have to walk....   Or do they keep trousers in the van 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 14:27

I missed your lovely pic Liri. The patterns are great  

I realised a while ago that we don't look 'up' often enough. Being back on the hills the last couple of years has brought it home to me and I now do quite a bit of it!

steephill - I think you're right. A definite 'whiff of Trump' - if you catch my drift....

and stop making up your own jokes.....  

Poor thing! It can't even save for the surgery 

They actually have a look of boar about them. I don't think I've ever seen one in the flesh. I don't think we get them up here. It's mostly red or roe deer I see. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 08:00

Morning all/ afties Pat - don't envy you the humidity. I'll stick with our 'hovering around zero' temps thanks 

Snow still here, albeit only a small covering of it left, and the wind's dropped.  We only had a couple of inches anyway. It'll be the ice on minor roads, which don't get gritted, that will be the issue. I have a little bit of those to negotiate, especially the last bit up the hill to work. My car is pretty useless on it. 

Don't envy your OH either fidget. Ferries aren't great even in small amounts of wind. I have great respect for the sea and love it - but only from a safe distance! 

DD -  Eggcellent - as Mr Burns would say! You'll have to keep reinforcing the 'it's over' statement, but it's the way to go. The chocs help the wobble  Witness for the Prosecution was great wasn't it?

Anyone watching Unforgotten or No Offence? Both superb, in very different ways. First series of both were great - acting and stories. 

Glad the folk with lurgy are on the mend. I've managed to avoid anything  -  so far.

Catch you all later - have a good day. Stay warm and dry if possible. Emojis have disappeared - must be the wind! 

Propagator Help

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 19:28

Apologies Peter - I must have missed that you were  'trialling'. Need to go to Specsavers...   

Good luck with your sowing when you go for it!  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 19:04

What a major pain in the ring fidget.

The problems of travelling at this time of year, especially when it's been very benign in most places for so long. The north and west, including N. Ireland has probably had less issues with weather this winter than for several years. The wind - or lack of it - mainly, has been the big factor. Usually there's cancellations of ferries and bridges closed on a very regular basis.

Glad you're nice and cosy now Joyce 

Propagator Help

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 18:02

I agree with Lyn and BL. Sweet peas are better sown later (if they haven't been sown in autumn) and kept cool so that  they germinate slowly and become sturdy plants to plant out. You'll need to keep pinching them out or they'll be very leggy with all that warmth. Deeper pots too as has been said. I do the 'two or three to a pot' method and plant the whole thing out, or sow direct in April.

Keep the propagator for things that really need the warmth Peter. All a learning curve though 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 17:49

Snow and ice. Zero degrees, or lower,  pretty much all day apart from a little while at lunchtime when it got to the dizzy heights of ....one. 

More of the same for tomorrow, although more ice than snow apparently.


Posted: 12/01/2017 at 17:46

Very naughty KT - but very amusing ....

horizontal perenials

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 17:44

It's very easy T'bird - I can't get rid of it - it clearly likes the conditions here!

There's a prostrate rosemary which might suit your conditions GD. Some of the dianthus varieties are very low growing and might be good. Both evergreen and ideal for a sunny spot. There's lots of little saxifrages too. They're nice and straightforward, and spread if they're happy.

I have the prostrate Gaultheria (procumbens)  which is good in semi shade, but needs moisture, so it would depend if you had a suitable spot for it. Evergreen, foliage turns reddish in autumn/winter, little white flowers followed by berries. Not jaggy like the other Gaultherias either. 

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