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Jelly like substance

Posted: Yesterday at 18:45

Glad you enjoyed that ladies!  

If they'd been wearing denim, would it have been a 'jean' pool.....  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: Yesterday at 18:40

Or windburn Hosta!

You're probably right I expect there would be a coastal breeze too  

I think Scotland had the highest temps today. It was around 18 or 19 in bonny Aboyne. 

Plants to go over a low north-facing wall

Posted: Yesterday at 18:14

Hi pinklara - I take it you could add some soil and create a bit of a slope from the front of the bed up to the wall on the house/garden side? That will help quite a bit, and you will be able to plant spreading perennials and evergreens which will drape over the wall, although not trail in the way you perhaps want   

I have quite a lot of plants in a shady location, north and north west facing.  Things like Hostas will fill a space and flow over the wall a bit. Hardy geraniums will do the same. Heucheras and Heucherellas are evergreens and come in a lot of foliage colours which will complement your other planting. Some of the ornamental grasses will also be happy enough in a shadier spot - Carexes in particular. I have Evergold which is a good colour for your scheme. Hackenochloa is another which will be happy in some shade, and forms a nice drooping mound - golden foliage. 

You could interplant with some of the smaller leaved ivies which are variegated, and you'll be able to get them trailing down the other side. Vinca is a plant which will trail and grows in shade - the flowers are mainly blues though, so you may not care for it. There is a white variety though. Some of the herbaceous clematis would probably be fine too - they have a scrambling habit, unlike the more usual types which climb. 6 feet isn't a big space, so choose plants carefully for the room you have.

Hope that gives you a few ideas 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: Yesterday at 17:58

LP- I think it may be a little chilly when I get up tomorrow!  I'll look those clems up.I have a wishlist on one of the sites  

Glad you got a seat outdoors Joyce - perfect for it. Hills will be busy right enough. I'm hoping some kind soul will have been on Meall nan Eun today and will have cut some nice steps in the snow for me  

There may also be a bumsliding opportunity...

Those will be the folk who look like lobsters tomorrow Hosta!  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: Yesterday at 17:26

LP - hasn't it been a fabulous day? 

Tomorrow is to be the same - although there will be  plenty of snow going up, as I'm going up the descent route and it's on the north-ish  side. BLue skies will make for some great pix though  

That link is a real eye opener isn't it? I thought it was hoaching with folk because of the new laws coming in about wild camping on Loch Lomond ( and Etive is tailor made for camping as it has lots of flattish bits ) and then I found that. I can't tell you how awful it is to drive down during the summer months. Must be hellish for the estate workers and owners   

What clems  have you bought? 

Bird feeding station

Posted: Yesterday at 17:21

Hi Linda- it keeps out the starlings which are the main problem here.  They just hoover up anything in open feeders. They tried getting in it a couple of times, but didn't like it - it's been very successful! The hole size is just right. It's just wired together with that plastic coated wire, and you can bend the shelves over toget the size - no need to even cut them. 

I think Asda have them just now really cheaply - better than buying those squirrel proof feeders, and it keeps them out too...  

I still put food on the ground for the bigger birds, and I have a similar arrangement to yours round my bench, with a gap big enough for the blackbirds. The starlings don't like that either, although they could get into it - too near the house I think  

Planting a pyracantha hedge

Posted: Yesterday at 17:05

Hi Anne- pyracantha don't really need to be cut back as it doesn't affect the growth too much, but you can trim them a bit if you want. It's mainly done to help with establishment of hedging plants, especially if you were planting big specimens, as it's harder for the roots to cope if there's a huge amount of top growth.  

It encourages new growth - another reason for pruning back many hedging plants. It promotes it from lower down and helps it to spread sideways, rather than just up. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: Yesterday at 16:56

It was slightly different from Tuesday, Dove! 

It's barely been in double figures here at all. Nice to get a bonny day, but I won't get too excited just yet...

I've just sown seed of that Geum, Obelixx. Not something I usually do - I buy perennials as potted  plants - but I thought I'd give it a go for the new sunny border. Probably nothing will germinate 

That's a lot of clematis - lovely though, if somewhat pricey!  We're very lucky here I think. Mature clems  from a specialist grower (and great lists of them to choose from) at around a tenner. We can't complain. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: Yesterday at 16:38

I don't think Hosta should spoil his new found slim figure by eating pastry Dove.  I, on the other hand, will be working it off tomorrow, so it'sonly right that I should have first dibs....

They all look delicious. We're having sausage casserole tonight - me and younger fairylet. Too hot for it! It got to highish teens in the garden when the sun was at it's strongest. Like summer.  Plenty hot enough for me  

Grass cut in back, lots of stuff planted, and I watched the birds while sitting having a cuppa.

This made me laugh though....

What?? I'm just chillin' on this warm wood....

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: Yesterday at 14:19

Hosta - 

Good to see you again SLady. Hope you can pop in and out regularly now that you've come back to us  

I just realsied I didn't say hello to Lesley when she posted the other day. I'd wondered where she was and was hoping it wasn't an issue with her parents.  Hope all is ok if you're looking in again Lesley - difficult time for you, especially when your Mum and Dad aren't nearby. 

Came in for a bite of lunch. Been busy trimming and tidying and planting out little things in the lovely sunshine. It's even quite peaceful - no screaming brats!   

One of those with my cuppa would be nice Dove. Apple ( I assume) and pastry. What's not to like....

Wonder how many trips Wonks has made...

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