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My oriental lilies aren't very well

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 16:22

I only use Multi Purpose compost (not peat free) for lilies, and I don't feed them at all, other than perhaps a diluted tomato feed when they finish flowering. If they're in pots long term, I renew some of the compost in early spring. They don't really need much more than that except watering if it's dry. 

I'm not sure why you thought you'd need ericaceous compost for them....

Companion plants for purple echinacea?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 16:17

That's quite a generous 'brief' iamto   

I'd look for plants that will harmonise in terms of colour, but will contrast in shape and size, and also foliage. Grasses work well with them. 

Alternatively, you might want something to clash more - oranges and bright reds for instances. Big, jungly plants with large leaves like bananas, or lanceolate like Phormiums. 

What other plants do you have nearby, what space do you have to fill, and what kind of planting style do you like? That's important - you have to like what you put in   

Plant identification

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 16:12

I'd agree with that. As to type and variety - that's more tricky.  

Training horizontally as well as vertically helps to give the best coverage. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 16:09

I hadn't noticed it either until mentioned. Fantastic..if sad...

Will do hill pix later, but I managed to catch some meadow pipits there. They're usually too quick for me...

This one was a lucky pic - it was on the way up and I didn't know if I'd even caught it.

Getting lunch for a young 'un 

These were on the way back down by a different route. There was a lovely 'flock' of them wheeling about and sitting on the deer fence. A few youngsters among them 

A little line of them here 

Wot you lookin' at?

Taking leaves off tomato plants

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 15:45

I do the same as Michael. I only have one of those daft wee growhouses so it can get a bit congested, and the leaves stop good airflow as much as anything.

Once the fruits are all set, I actually take quite a lot of the foliage off and it doesn't cause any problems, as they are then virtually redundant, but it's probably best to take some off just now, and then play it by ear according to the conditions you have. 


Posted: 23/07/2016 at 15:04

Home from the hill, showered, washing on and a cuppa is being 'had'. All's well with my world  

Hope to have some nice pix - will get them on just now. I  managed to get some of the meadow pipits which are in abundance on the hills, but they flit around so quickly that I rarely get a chance to  take a photo. There was a whole bundle of them on the way down - swooping around and sitting on the deer fence. A few youngsters among them.  They're so sweet...but I couldn't eat a whole one....  

Lots of hill fog drifting in and out the glen, and cloud hanging onto the tops, but the weather stayed quite fair. Rain was  forecast for the afternoon so it made sense to get out reasonably early.

Lovely pic chicky. Bet the chish and fips were good too  

Clari - you'll know the person well enough to judge how you respond, but how about a cheeky 'was beginning to think you'd emigrated!' type of comment....  

It was a bit late for Burns Night, Dove- perhaps he'd got a bit lost....

Wonks will be weary - I know I would! 


Posted: 23/07/2016 at 06:53

Yeh,  but Mr B is much nicer to look at than Jim, and you can always turn the sound off...

Jim's 80th birthday prog was excellent, and repeated recently, but I don't think it was available down south. He's a great character with a typically (Scottish) dry sense of humour. 

Neighbours fence falling down

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 06:50

'In a more harmonious neighbourhood' is the telling phrase DHR. Sadly, it isn't always the case 

Sometimes, you just have to find a way round it all yourself.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 06:46

Gorgeous Papi Jo. You look as if you've had some good weather fro plants to flourish. Very lush and green.

No smilies working - so 'smiley face'  for all of those!


Posted: 23/07/2016 at 06:39

Morning all who are up/afties Pat 

Off to walk in twenty minutes as it's ok but rain coming in the afternoon so will make the best of the morning's dry conditions.

The news is so depressing Pat. I tried to avoid it last night after seeing it online earlier. Watched the athletics instead which was quite uplifting, and badly needed.

Love the Rev Richard Dove. He always makes me laugh when I see or hear him    

Hope you're not too sore today BM, after all your hacking and slashing. My shoulder's a bit painful after tackling the giant pallet - someone didn't want that falling apart ! 

Will catch you all later, unless it stays dry and I get out to cut the grass instead.

Have a good day everyone  

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