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Where do I start???

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 08:05

Susan - just be aware that drawing to scale isn't as easy at it might seem. You have to triangulate and you need a proper full sized tape measure for a start, and levels can easily be misudged.  Use photos as well as measuring as carefully as you can, but bear in mind that gardens aren't  regular, even if they look like they are!  

Take your time and mark specific areas that you already have in place, and work from those. It's also good to make a list of things you don't like first - that rules out a lot of stuff right away. It's then a bit easier to note what you like, and want to achieve. Bit at a time 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 07:58

Morning all/afties Pat - glad you have a little of the much needed rain.

Hope Hosta got some sleep. I've heard several people describe kidney stones as being like that, but unexplained pain alwsy needs checked. Hope teh doc can resolve it. Sending you a big virtual hug anyway - and at least you kept your sense of humour during it 

It's ok T'bird - we just ignore wee Jimmy most of the time and let her prattle on...

Chilly here - white for a different reason. It was minus 2 when I got back with the girls last night and minus one now, and cloud coming in. Birds were ready for their breakfast when I put it out. 

I'll have a quick catch up on here and head to mines. Off next week - hopefully - and the forecast is looking 'promising'. Almost frightened to say that! 

Have a good day everyone 

Is there such plants

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 21:43

I love them too Peggy. The flowers are very striking on them. Had one or two on mine last year - it's only a few years old. It makes a nice 'full stop' at the end of a border next to the shed.

I had a nice specimen in the garden round the corner where I lived for many years. It had a perfect spot and grew like mad. It's a great plant for structure, but also for a photo opportunity!

Another good plant for damp shade if you want a bit of height and structure is Actea. Used to be called Cimcifuga. The ones with dark foliage are the nicest. I have two or three - they make big clumps eventually, so you need a decent bit of space to give them a chance to look their best. Spikes of little flowers in pale pinky,creamy tones mainly, which are good for bees.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 20:51

I loathe pylons Joyce. 

I think we're just so used to them that we don't see them any more. Not until you line up a photo. When I was coming back from Glen Lyon last weekend, I could have got a great photo of Tarmachan, Ghlas and Lawers, but there was no way of getting it without them. 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 20:47

I like the gate Chris. You could always make a feature of it 

The clematis (Constance) has been there for three years now. It's a good few weeks ahead this year because of the weather.  It was a decent plant, in the usual  deep clematis pot, when I put it in, but has really thrived and still produces lots of new shoots each year which I just tie in. Nice foliage on it too, and gorgeous seedheads.  Quite dainty flowers, so a nice contrast to the bigger ones. 


There's a viticella just along from it - Etoile Violette- so that part of the fence is well covered from spring onwards. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 20:31

Children delivered to their venue - at least if I have to collect them, it'll stop me falling asleep on the settee. Gritters have been out - it's already down to one degree, and none too warm.

LP - I know the windmills are very divisive, but I've lost count of the number of photos I could have taken, only  they'd have been ruined by the line of pylons. The run down Loch Tay for example, when you can get a great view up to the Lawers hills (when it's clear!) but they run right through your sightline. I hate them, whereas I like windmills,  although I know they're noisy close up, and not cost effective for now etc. I can see the Whitelee Wind Farm from the house - again, when it's clear enough! 

The hydro schemes on hills are even more contentious, but we have those resources, and  there's plenty of hill left to look at, so I don't get too worked up about it.  Once the surrounds start to grow and cover up the pipelines a bit, it becomes less intrusive. I feel we have to make some sort of progress with energy supplies.

I heard that about laptops too -seems to be UK bannning them on certain flights right enough. I only heard a bit of the story though.

Bird feeder suggestions

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 18:20

Yes Sheps - they like somewhere nearby to flit into, especially the coal tits. Their habit is to grab food and go somewhere close by to eat it. Mine are happy to spend a little time in the cage though, so they must feel very secure now, which is lovely.   I have a big conifer and a pine nearby, which were already in the garden, and they also have buddleias and laurels to dive into if anything dodgy appears.  

Usually cats, rather than sparrowhawks though. 

horse manure

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 18:14

If it's well rotted Mick, you can use it any way you like. Fresh stuff needs to be left for a good few months to rot properly.

A mulch is ideal, especially at this time of year when lots of plants are emerging. I've done some of my borders recently. It helps to retain moisture in dry areas, and helps to suppress weeds. 

It's also good as a mulch at the other end of the year - autumn/early winter. Worms will help to take it below ground, and it helps with soil structure and weed suppressing,  as well as generally being good for your plants.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 18:07

Ta muchly Dove - that'll go down a treat 

The roads were ok mainly - it's just on the minor ones until there's enough traffic to break it up. A little icy under the snow where it was compacted. I don't have far to go, so it's not too bad. Most problems were caused by  the usual tw*ts who don't seem to understand they can't drive at 70 on a motorway even if it's been salted   

It's International Day of Forests apparently. Let's all go and hug a tree  

There were a few casualties along the verges here LP. My daffs aren't flowering yet, and they all seem fine. Tulips etc aren't tall enough, and are quite well tucked in near walls etc, so no casualties there either. I knocked the snow off lots of things before I left this morning. The dark hellebore was a bit weighed down, but it's fine. The birds looked a bit miserable. 

I didn't realise you grew up at Loch Awe. It's a cracking area, but then, we're slightly spoiled for choice with beautiful areas up here, aren't we? 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 17:53

Afraid my fairy feet aren't quite that dainty BL  

Clematis is fine - she's pretty tough...and well tied in   

It largely disappeared by lunchtime GD, but it snowed constantly till late morning. There was about four inches on the car, but less on the grass as it was wet underneath. I had to shake it all off the evergreens, just to  make sure they wouldn't get too damaged. I think that's the fourth fall we've had this winter, but all small - 3 or 4 inches - and none have lasted a particularly long time. Easy winter really, and much better than the manky rain.

It's not uncommon for us to get snow at this time of year, and later, even at low level. I'm only about 400 feet above sea level. It can snow at any time of year on the higher hills though. 

Think it's heading your way later LP - overnight perhaps   

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