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Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 18:39

Evening peeps. Been outside till  fifteen mins ago as it was getting dark. Making the most of it and got a lot done. Been windy all day but a dampish one. Sky was getting black and wind was getting more blustery, and the rain's coming. 

doc - big hug from me. Take care of yourself. We have all the time in the world. Ooh - that would be a good line for a song....

Forecast is good for tomorrow and I'm considering doing the other Mamore I haven't done out to the east. R*ddy clock change means only light till five-ish, so I don't know if I have enough time. I need to drop daughter at work for seven, so can't go earlier. Will mull it over and do the Pap of Glencoe if I don't think I have enough hours - or enough legs, since I haven't been out for a while. 

Hosta - do they ever appreciate people who go the extra mile? Literally, in your case  

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 12:37

My Dad was always impressed with Jimmy Stewart's embouchure inthe GM Story, Dove  

Cold Frames

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 12:27

Yes you're right Bob. If it's on open ground, it makes it easier as you can fix them into it with timber posts. Think I'd still want to anchor it to something solid though. I doubt it would remain intact for a whole winter unless it's in a sheltered enough garden. 

Polycarbonate is very useful as you can easily cut it to size yourself. Ideal for a diy-er instead of glass in that respect. Perspex is awful to work with unless you're very careful.

A Wonderful Climbing Plant for every garden

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 12:18

I grew it for the first time this year too, but I find it slightly odd rather than attractive. I prefer the buds to the flowers. 

The flowers (and buds) make good cut flowers though  

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 12:06

Had a quick skim - hope all goes well for OH Liri. That'll be the best sandwich he's ever eaten 

Have a good hol LG. Hope all is going well with the studies too. 

Great story re the chickens Dove. 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 11:24

I think, bearing in mind my 'heritage', The Glen MIller Story was probably the defining one for my Mum, Dove 

Still a favourite whenever it's on. 

What to plant?

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 11:21

Are you intending keeping the viburnum pruned? If not, it will simply grow back and fill the space again, so anything planted there will be crowded out.

Difficult to suggest things without knowing more about the space and size, but having said that,  Sarcococca might be ok there - evergreen, and it has scented small flowers. I don't grow them, but Daphnes might be suitable and they also have scented flowers. They tend to need some shelter, depending on your location and climate, but presumably the viburnum, and any other planting,  might offer that. I have an Osmanthus burkwoodii which is in a similar aspect. It's evergreen, and has small white flowers in late winter/early spring. 

Potentillas will happily grow there - good length of  flowering though not evergreen or scented. 

Hope that offers a few ideas, although there will be many more. 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 11:05

Morning all - been a bit absent. Hands are sore so I haven't been able to do much typing, or even scrolling pages.

No chance of catching up, so I won't try. Hope everyone who's been a bit 'off kilter '  is on the mend, and those with household damage are getting sorted. My own damp regions (ooh err missus) are dried out, although I haven't yet tried putting a new bulb in the hall light  

Managed to get the grass cut yesterday as we've, at last, had a couple or days without any rain, or at least, without any heavy rain. The frost yesterday was an air one, so just car scraping needed, although it was a coating of fairly solid ice because of the rain the day before. The sun helped make the afternoon quite pleasant for pottering and tidying, even if it was only low double figures. I might get my birthday daffodils planted in their pots today if the rain stays away. A present from my sister. They're called 'June Allyson', and for those of you who know my real name, they're highly appropriate as I was named after her. 

Attracting pond life

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 09:48

I'd agree with Posy - there's likely tobe wildlife using it, even if you don't always see it.

The surroundings are also important, as Dove says. What other planting do you have nearby? If you attract birds by feeding them, and have plants suitable for bees and other insects, that will all help. Little dark corners for overwintering insects and wildlife are also a good idea. Logs, and rocks etc. 

Cold Frames

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 09:45

It was held together with cable ties. I'm with Lyn on this - first breezy day and it would disappear over the horizon here. You'd need to rope it to a fence or wall. Maybe ok in a sheltered urban garden somewhere though. Better to buy some timber or a few concrete blocks, and see if you can source an old window or similar to make one. 

Someone on the forum recently had bought two polycarbonate ones and that's what I suggested they did - tie it to their house wall. It'll be interesting to see if it survives till Christmas!

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