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Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 19:27

To be honest Liri - it's only when you're not moving that it's an issue,  and it's definitely preferable to wet conditions any day!  

I took a self timed shot on the 'prow'.  Someone had wedged a metal hook into a crack in a rock, so I wedged the camera behind it. Didn't want that disappearing over the edge in the wind   

Unfortunately, it slipped a bit....

Glad you enjoyed the snowy pix  

Bearded Iris

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 19:11

They won't survive if they're out of soil, as nut says. Pot them up, keeping the bulk of the rhizome clear of the soil, and water them in. Keep them somewhere out of the wind and weather for now if there's any foliage as they'll be a bit unstable till they get their roots down and established. You can cut any foliage back by half too, which will also help.

Then cross your fingers and pray a bit.... 

Wilting in Greenhouse

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 19:01

I can understand you need to keep the greenhouse warmer for the other plants Flo. Is there a way you could rig something up outdoors for the hardier seedlings? It doesn't have to be fancy, and would only have to be for a few days to get them acclimatised (as they're only little) and then they can be outside as nut says.

I think you've done really well with them, and they'll be fine if you can get them toughened up and outdoors  

The version of our gardens that we long to see again

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 15:12

Aah - I was assuming you'd had some MU, as the north east has had a fair amount. You must keep missing it  

It's pretty when you get out in it on a decent day though. I got my share yesterday 

Lovely lupin/allium combo Dove 

I'm not so sure this thread is a good idea. It's making me long for warmer days!  -I just went out to fill up the bird feeders. Still 2 degrees but there's a sharp old wind up my Trossachs.... 

So I'm not feeling guilty about sitting in the warm house doing very little 

I love Cheerfulness too - lovely ML  

Last edited: 12 February 2017 15:13:36

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 14:24

There's very little left of the ancient pine forests now Johnny, for various reasons. There are a few areas where you can see remnants - including Rannoch Moor, which is ten minutes south of the hill I was on, and a very famous part of Scotland. I keep meaning to stop and take a few pix of it. It's a favourite haunt of photographers. There's also a few bits visible from the road on the fringes of An Caisteal (one of my favourite hills)  a little further south near Crianlarich.

The native Scots pine ( our national tree) is confined to the Highlands and Cairngorms, and there are large areas of Caledonian pine forest which support lots of wildlife, including the red squirrel. Mainly a little bit further north than where I was yesterday. 

Of course - no trees grow at a level higher than about 1200/1300 feet because of the wind. They don't get a chance!  

The version of our gardens that we long to see again

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 13:22

You've nicked all our 'western side' snow MU!  We've only had a couple of falls of about that amount or slightly less this winter. 

Lovely pix everyone 

Very pretty Pete - we've a long time to wait for that here. I love it when all the early bulbs start appearing. I've just realised I don't have any pix of the borders for Feb/March, aprt from one when I was buildingit all. I'll remedy that when the crocus all flower soon  

I'm very fond of my big pot of Joan of Arc crocus in March though. 

and the daffs emerging in April always makes me feel spring is (hopefully) on it's way 

Rid my hedge of IVY

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 13:02

What's that dreadful song from that Disney film again?  Oh yes # let it go, let it go.....

I also have ivy against a fence which I planted AWB

If you want it all out, DOS1,  the best way is to cut at the roots and then 'very carefully' apply weedkiller to the new growth. However, ivy isn't that easy to eradicate, and it would need a good few applications. It also attaches as it goes along, so you'll need to be very patient to get every bit. Digging it it out would be pretty difficult if it's in a mixed hedge.

Perhaps a compromise as previously suggested would be the best way to go. It will be a big job to get out if it's very established. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:52

Certainly hope not Pat  

I think Mrs Doc is trying to tell you something, doc ....

You could send Pat  some snow to get those fires cooled a bit. Weather doesn't know what to do here - we've had a bit of everything, including a random blink of sun. Temp still not shifted  above 2 though.

That fat robin was practically chapping at teh door when I came home there. If he eats any more he won't get off the ground. Mr and Mrs Denzel were happily chucking stuff out the raised boxes to get whatever tasty morsel was in there. Messy blighters  

The version of our gardens that we long to see again

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 11:47

To enlarge on your comment about putting up a pic Wonks - I think you can get blinds custom made with your own photos, in the same way you can get cushions and mugs - and everything else under the sun 

A kitchen blind for the winter time might not be a bad idea! 

Mine doesn't look too different in winter - for that very reason. I just added bulbs and summer flowering perennials and annuals to the structure.

Plants germinating too soon!!!

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 11:26

It diesn't need to be complicated if what you're growing is reasonably hardy, and therefore straightforward Matts 

Think about how the plant is normally reproduced. For example - if it's something that seeds after it flowers, to appear and grow the following spring, that gives you an indication of what you have to do to get it to germinate  

Less hardy plants are obviously a little more complicated, but it's best to start with the easy stuff, and progress to the harder ones once you have a feel for it. Easier to work out where you go wrong with anything too.

Or that's the theory anyway 

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