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peony woes

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 19:37

Isn't it strange how such a stunning plant when in flower, can look so manky when it's dying back! 

Mine looks hideous just now, but I put some pots in front of it to disguise the foliage while it dies back. It's not in a border, but in a gravelled area, which makes it easier. 

The lack of watering won't necessarily be an issue long term, as long as the plant is healthy otherwise. 

Wildlife photos

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 19:28

Great looking birds aren't they?  Peculiar when in flight though! 

I'm always stunned at how still they can keep when waiting for a fish...

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 18:45

You're right Joyce - I don't have any intention of staying here long term, so I'll probably only get round to finishing it when I'll be ready to go somewhere else! 

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 18:36

Liri - as long as you don't have any bits left over.....

I think you can be allowed a day or two off  

Long shift Hosta. I'd want several cuppas after that. 

I used to enjoy painting and doing stuff in the various houses I've had, but I can't work up any enthusiasm for this house at all.

What is this shrub?

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 18:30

Looks like it to me too Hosta. Someone else had one on here yesterday too. 

They seed into gardens Kathryn, and you often notice them at this time of year - perhaps because they get to a big enough size and other plants are dying back a bit - so they stand out a bit more. 

Wildlife photos

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 18:27

Hi Sheps - I have to admit I dismissed Wheatear, as it looked a bit different from the ones I've seen before, although the young one (if that's what he/she was) looked more like one. Perhaps I've only seen young or juvenile ones before - or maybe I've seen something totally different before!  

Gorgeous photo - as yours always are  

Mary - I'm in central Scotland, but I hillwalk regularly, so I'm often all over the place - mainly further north. Those photos were taken when I was away recently - near Lochinver, which is north of Ullapool - on the north west coast. 

Most Hielan' coos are farmed  ( their meat is highly prized,and lower in fat than most beef )  but there are a few kicking about all over Scotland. They're native to the north and west Highlands because they're perfectly adapted to the weather conditions and the poor grazing on higher ground.There are some quite local to me, and these ones are in Glen Fyne, which is near Inveraray. 

The calves are very cute 

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 18:08

Emulsioning for me too GWRS - my new shower room - as it was a filthy day outside.

Liri - I managed to avoid dipping in the wrong place. Painty tea wouldn't be good   

However, in a similar vein, one thing I learnt recently was, on a breezy day - don't stand a cup of tea downwind when you're potting plants. Compost isn't a great addition to the flavour either... 

I also managed to make soup, bake some cakes and make bolognese for dinner. Steamed the kitchen floor and cleaned the shower room.  I think I've earned a sit down now  

Pat - that sounds very unpleasant re the car situation. Very annoying too 

Easy Perennial Flowers From Seed

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 18:02

I did some white  geraniums this year- 'Summer Snow' ( I think)     and also an orange Agastache.

I don't normally sow perennial seeds, so it was a new venture for me. They were very easy 


Posted: 10/09/2017 at 17:59

Same as Anni - Peter Nyssen is a quality supplier at good, fair prices 


Posted: 10/09/2017 at 13:17

Hi oooft - I've never grown them, but there are different varieties, so a lot may depend on which variety you've bought.

Up here (I'm also in central Scotland) flowering time is often around three or four weeks later for many plants, so that might be why you've been told June. 

Another reason for not planting them with the taller daffs and tulips, is that they would be hidden by their foliage as they flower later. They wouldn't get the light and sun they'd need. 

Probably best to use tubs and containers for them, to be on the safe side. You could also experiment with them next year - leave some out, bring some in, and see what works for you. If you know the exact variety, try contacting the company you've ordered from for specific advice too, or check their website  

I just saw you got them from a nursery - can you contact them and ask for more info?

Last edited: 10 September 2017 13:18:13

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