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Which foxglove?

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 09:12

I have Pam's Choice too which is lovely,  and also Snow Thimble which is meant to be smaller, but is huge here with our wet climate and soil. As nut says, your drier conditions will keep them smaller, but you may have to move things if they aren't suitable height wise. Mine seed into lots of different places, including the drier areas where there's gravel. 

It might be worth having some mid height perennials too, to give a better balance. Campanulas are a good suggestion as there are lots of different varieties and sizes.  A couple of evergreens for structure, and support for the taller plants, could also be useful. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 09:04

I had to laugh when I took the car for it's MOT recently. I now have a cushion to stop a numb b*m on long journeys, but the guys must have thought it was because I couldn't get the seat high enough, so they adjusted it and put the cushion on the passenger seat!  

It's surprising just how big a difference it makes if you're not in the right position for any length of time. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 08:57

When you get spawn, they return to the place where they hatch out GD, which is my garden. If not - he'll need a fair few buses to get back....

Yesterday's trip to Tolmount, just beyond Glenshee, on a glorious day. Nice and cool for the long haul along the glen to the hill, but infinitely more attractive than the other approach from the ski-ing hills of Glenshee on the south side

Couple of grouse posed  nicely en route to the loch

Tolmount in the distance (the pointy one in the middle) from the edge of Loch Callater. Little grouse was sitting at the edge ....

Here he is  

Reflection of the hills on the other side of the glassy loch

Tolmount on the left and a first view of Coire Kander on the other side with it's steep north facing crags and waterfalls

Deer along the top of the edge of the coire

Tolmount looks 'pointy' but the summit is on a huge plateau - like most of these hills. Looking south -  Dreish and Meyer (the Glen Doll Munros)  in the distance on the left

Looking east to Broad Cairn, one of the Lochnagar hills

Looking back to Loch Callater with Ben Avon in the distance

Looking up to Coire Kander on the way back. There's a loch in there, but it's not visible from the hill

Looking back from the glen - a short stop for a drink of water 

Another rest (  ) on a little beach near the bothy at the end of the loch. I could do with a few tons of that grit for the garden! 

Tolmount from that spot. I had a lie down in the heather for a while....could have stayed there for hours

Ben Avon, with it's granite tors, from the track back to the car

Cat eating my bulbs

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 08:23

I'd agree with obelixx - squirrels, in particular, love digging up bulbs, especially the small ones like crocus or the little alliums.  Chicken wire is the answer  

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 08:21

That's a good point Dove. I got one of those back supports for the car - a few quid from one of the bargain shops - and it gives my rubbish back great support. I felt I needed it because of the length of  journeys when walking. I did well over 200 miles yesterday, and it does help. It could be something that simple. 

Didn't see you there Lesley. My thighs are objecting right now...

Need Detailed instruction on how to lift and divide Iris Sibirica

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 07:46

Good guide from Ladybird, Renata. I'd just add that the rhizome is the woody, knobbly bit the foliage grows from. Make sure there's a bit of that as well as root when you divide the plant.

You might need something sharp to cut the pieces too - and old knife is ideal. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 07:41

Aach - you're just a young thing really Hosta....

It's horrible when you have a nagging pain though. Can't get comfy no matter what you do.  

Last nights GW

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 07:39

Clematis too L'bird. The flowers change colour as they emerge and mature, so you could take several pictures of the same plant over a period of time, and it'll look like you have two or three varieties.... 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 07:30

Morning all who are up and those to come. Afties Pat - I guess Hosta's right - a day for taking it easy. Hope you're feeling a bit better too  

Work Hosta - who invented that? Did you sleep better last night?

Saw that the boys won - didn't want to mention Friday's result.... Hard job to do today now. 

I'm going to sort my photos - it may take a while. Legs are feeling it a bit today. Must be getting old 

Moon was lovely again last night so I took a couple of pix

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 20:14

Evening all. Home from the hill. Long day, but I've had a shower, a cuppa and some leftover Bolognese, so it's all good. Wouldn't mind some of the crumble, Bob. No need to sieve mine....

Grand day - chilly start, about 7 degrees, so perfect for  walking. Lots of blue skies, grouse, deer, waterfalls, craggy corries and stunning views. What's not to like?  

Will sort pix later as I'm too weary.  

You've all been very busy and chatty. Let's  see - dumplings, wet socks, sore shoulders, chutney, rain, sun, childcare issues, back to uni, and the glorious Harvest Moon (played on the radio this morning too!)

Did I miss much? 

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