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Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 07:56

Morning all/afties Pat if you're there 

Glad Dad is doing ok chicky. A long road yet, as you say. 

I'm exhausted reading about Obelixx's hols. I'd definitely need to go to work for a rest...

Five solid hours is good Joyce. More Mamores this weekend.  I still have two to do, but one is part of the Ring, so I'd really like to go back and do the whole thing, instead of cheating and doing that one by itself. I'm doing the one I could have added last time if I'd done the BInneins the other way round- Na Gruagaichean. Weather's looking reasonable tomorrow. 

So much for four dry days for cutting haylage - rained heavily last night. Looks good now, so hopefully I'll get the grass cut later. 

Quick look round before I go. It's Friday though - hurrah!  Have a good day everyone.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 14/09/2017 at 21:06

Always nice to get a little surprise Paul! 

The hydrangea is quercifolia - the leaves are oak leaf shaped, hence the name. The foliage has lovely autumn colour. 

They're Schizostylis,(kaffir lily) Myosotis 

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Wildlife photos

Posted: 14/09/2017 at 21:00

I love them Sheps 

This one, and it's friend, were on Cruach Ardrain last spring. They were quite happy to potter about nearby. I watched them for quite a while

Lots of them around Glenshee scroggin 

Re Polly - absolutely doc - it's a great little hill. The pinnacles are great fun to scramble on. I chickened out of that last scramble at the summit as I was on my own, and the drop's substantial if you slip, but if I'd waited twenty minutes, a couple of lads coming along would possibly have given me a little help. The other way round is to drop right down into the gully and ascend the 'chimney' behind it. Might do that next time  

Clematis plug plants

Posted: 14/09/2017 at 20:11

They look great GD. Difficult for you when you don't have the same access to plants that many of us enjoy, so it's an ideal way for you to get plants. It's obviously slower, but given the right conditions and care, it's worth it. 

I definitely wouldn't have an issue buying named plugs (of any plant) from a reputable nursery or grower, but I would never touch 'offers' from certain suppliers that I'm sure we all know about. I'd rather buy one good sized plant instead,but that's easy enough for me to do. 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 14/09/2017 at 20:05

Lovley photos Paul 

My oak leaf hydrangea near the front door is flowering. Foliage is still quite green, while the one in the back garden has been turning for a while

Little cyclamen flowering. A lovely gift of seeds and smll plants from a forum member 

Wildlife photos

Posted: 14/09/2017 at 19:56
punkdoc says:

There is a pub in Lochinver used by the trawler crews, I noticed all the tables and chairs are nailed down to the floor, must have some riotous times in there.

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It was a pity not to get Suilven, but the clag was down and didn't lift till well after 5pm. Stac Polly was great fun though. I'll be back at some point when I get a chance. 

The hotel I stayed in had only been taken over last year. I didn't notice when I booked it that the new owners had come from Glasgow, but the funny thing was, they'd actually lived a few minutes away from me!  Small world   

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 14/09/2017 at 19:46

Yes - the acteas are nice, but they're usually flowering a bit earlier than this - mid August onwards. I still have flowers on them in October, so they're excellent for late colour, and the foliage is lovely too, and the fact that they like damp and shade is a real advantage 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 14/09/2017 at 19:20

The photos are beautiful scroggin. 

I was thinking about chicky a fair bit that day, as I was in The Mamores doing the two Binniens. My little legs were weary with 'upping and downing' too  

She did a great job and raised a lot of money 

Grass Snake - 1st of 2017

Posted: 14/09/2017 at 19:09
philippa smith2 says:

One of the 2 juvenile Grass snakes out sunbathing at the side of the pond today.  Rushed in, got the camera, came back out, zoomed in and.........quick flick of a tail and Plop back into the pond before I could press the shutter

 The b***er....how very dare he!  

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 14/09/2017 at 18:46

I loathe the colour of pink and blue hydrangeas - except at this time of year when they turn plummy and purply! 

They look good with the sedum - really complement each other. 

I was hoping to pick a few flowers from my Acteas as they have such lovely dark stems, but they're only just starting to flower. They'd go well with my dark sweet peas, so I'm keeping fingers crossed...  

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