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Pile of logs

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 17:27

I have a shady corner in behind the shed. It's flanked by the existing conifer and pine on the boundary. I have all sorts of sh**e, errr...wildlife friendly logs and plants in it. 

We get plenty of rain, so even in summer, the ground is damp in most of it. 

I have Ferns, Astilbes, Hostas,London Pride, Euphorbias  and Geraniums. Nettles, logs - mainly rotting - piles of soil and branches, and nooks and crannies for creatures to hide in. It's ideal for the birds too.

I pass a house on the way home Dove - it has the same arrangement of Aster and Rudbeckia (?) in the front garden.  

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 17:19

Evening all. Hope Pat is tucked up warm by now....

I cut back the white sweet peas which were on the fence with the pale nasturtiums. The weather last week has done for 'em. The Cupanis are still going strong though. My front grass looks rubbish. I had to cut it on Saturday even though it was too wet. It's never going to dry out well enough now anyway so it had to be done. It'll grow again....

'Incy wincy' on the front lounge window must be ok. There was a wrapped 'item' in his web yesterday, and now it's gone...

My species Tulips have arrived Dove. Just have to decide where exactly they're going    Pots of Minnow are nice. I did a greyish, concrete type pot with them last year  Looked really pretty.

Pleasant here - think the day got better as it went on. Would have been an ideal gardening day.  It's about 14 or 15  degrees just now. Pity I have to go and get food shopping. 

Tulip planting distances

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 08:14

The fancy ones rarely last more than a couple of years here so I don't expect them to do well after the 2nd year. The Kauf and Greigii ones are still classed as species tulips and do well year after year. The Apeldoorn ones are also tough as old boots - the common, big red and yellow ones.  It's the blousier, taller ones that we instantly think of when someone says 'tulip',  that deteriorate.

As Bob says, you'll have to work very hard to keep them going. It takes a long time for the little bulblets to get to blooming size  

Yet another post about my hydrangea ...

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 08:08

In addition to all B'cup's great advice, Renata, I'd just add that they're hard to kill  

Make sure it doesn't go short of water in dry spells if it's staying in a pot - and that can often be in late winter/ early spring if it's windy. Wind can dry plants out very quickly. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 08:02

Morning all/afties Pat. Something we take for granted isn't it? Having power. I'm old enough to remember the power cuts in the seventies here...I was very young of course.  At least we knew when they were coming though. 

Cold here again this morning - the windscreens look as if they've had a touch of frost but not been outside yet.  

Don't get me started on these clowns Daisy....what I call Princess Margarets. Famous for being famous. 

Enjoy your stomp chicky. Is that what you'll be wearing? 

Hope Hosta got back to sleep for a while...

I'd better go and get organised. I'm all behind today....just like that Kardashian woman then....

Camera Talk

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 07:55

You're very kind ladies. Not that amazing when you get passed by all the younger, fitter people on the way.....

Veyr lucky with the weather. It wasperfect for walking - only a few degrees for the early part which makes it more pleasant, enough breeze to keep you cool but not too bad on the exposed bits. Clear skies so that you felt you could see forever. From the summit you feel that you can see almost every hill inthe Highlands and Cairngorms. Buzzards and bellowing stags. What more could a girl ask for 

This chap had a pretty good view from the other end of the summit ridge too 

Camera Talk

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 23:21

It was about 9 and a half miles in total, but it's not quite the same as low level walking. Just under 7 hours, including all the stops. A little over 5 hours actual walking. It's about another 2 - 3 hours to add the other hill on. 

Pretty vertical for the final ascent from the lochan and it's all eroded, loose scree, so you have to scramble up.  In the third last pic, you can see where you get onto the ridge - from the right hand side, just beyond that pile of rocks at the bottom . The summit's about 100 feet the other way.  Two steps forward and a slide back when you get near the top though, so I took a detour and went round the end and up over it instead to get up, which was good fun  

Blooming Lillie a in October

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 20:50

I'd leave them. They'll die back naturally and come away again next spring. 

Wakeshine - if you're in a  milder area, and they're in good, well drained soil, in a sheltered spot, your Eucomis might be ok to overwinter. If they're deep enough, they should be fine. They'll also die back naturally. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 20:39

Yesterday's walk to Sgurr Eilde Mor - the most easterly of the Mamores, on the south side of Glen Nevis.

The fog en route stopped me getting any shots of Rannoch Moor, but five minutes further on, the fog was lifting and I got a quick pic of the two Black Mount hills (Meall a Bhuiridh and Creise) just before Glencoe. 

Looking south over Loch Eilde with  the Glencoe hills behind

Looking west over Loch Leven - the two Munros of the Ballachulish Horseshoe at the back. Pap  of Glencoe sitting in front of them

Sgurr Eilde Mor and it's lochan - almost big enough to be a loch...

Looking north from the same spot. Binnean Beag centre of pic. Behind it - the Grey Corries on the right, the Aonachs on the left

Pano of Binnein Mor (left of pic) across ridge to Binnein Beag

Holidaymakers getting a clear shot of Nevis 

From the summit ridge - looking down onto the lochan and across to Sgurr Mor Beag  (which leads to Binnein Mor)   with Na Gruagaichean just peeking up behind it

Ben Nevis and it's arete Carn Mor Dearg. The ridge from Binnein Mor to Binnein Beag in the foreground

From the summit looking south over the Glencoe and Orchy  hills, B. Mor on right

Binnein Mor from the little arete on Sgurr Eilde Mor

Pano of S. Eilde Mor and lochan on way back

View up to Am Bodach - another of the Mamores - on the way back down

Hope you enjoyed my jaunt to the beautiful Kinlochleven Mamores 

Tulip planting distances

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 18:46

You could cram them in fairly tightly if you just want a spring display. A couple of inches between each bulb should do. In pots, you can have them virtually touching each other. 

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