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Disappointing plants

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 11:12

Escallonia Iveyi. It was ideal for a backdrop for other planting. Knowing it would be less hardy than the pink ones, I gave it every chance - south west facing spot, raised bed with plenty of grit, against a fence, other plants for a bit of protection....

turned it's toes up the first winter. 


Posted: 06/08/2016 at 11:07

Well that was a short day. 

Low black clouds en route but I was optimistic. Approaching Stirling it was looking worse. Still optimistic. Through Callander - Ben Ledi only half visible. Still optimistic. Approaching Lochearnhead - skies clearing - bit of sun. Hurray! By the time I got to the end of the loch - cloud right down, raining -could barely see the other side of the loch   Waited forty minutes but it was like Mordor so I came home.   What's even more irritating is the fact that, once past Stirling,  it was beautiful - and sunny  

The Scottish weather...what was it you were saying T'bird?....

On the plus side - I have a washing on and can get on with my new bed as I went to B&Q on the way back and got soil conditioner.  Would rather be up a hill though 

Think that's the prog that was on last year - only up here though. Lovely Ewan McGregor narrating? The other one was good too, with John Hannah - Loch Lomond /Trossachs. Same principle.  The cameramen are astonishing on these shows. Unfortunately, no scenic photos for me today 


Posted: 06/08/2016 at 06:07

Morning all/afties Pat - enjoy your peace and quiet  

Hope everyone has a good day and all aches and pains and worries are subsiding. 

Catch you all later - I'm off to a hill ...weather's cool and calm just now - hope it stays that way...


Posted: 05/08/2016 at 20:56

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 20:53

To the border eh Verd? It's ok - we'll let you in....you can pay in doughnuts. I'll see you right.... 

As I said herbaceous -  it's not that simple with making these programmes. There's twenty episodes and that doesn't take just twenty days to make. The presenters do have other commitments after all - I think the Rich brothers would be struggling to make a living as designers if they only did that programme! 

I can't really see what difference it makes in the grand scheme of things  


Posted: 05/08/2016 at 20:37

Mmmm raspberries, Liri  

I look exactly like my avatar pic Joyce....

Camera Talk

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 20:27

Lovely pic Pat. I had to turn it round to get a proper view of it  

Do you get a good ski season there? The Scottish season can be hit and miss. Our weather changes so many times a day in winter on the hills, so visibility is often a problem. Keeping roads open is the other problem!

Don't miss it folks!

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 20:14

I'm watching the shed prog - the guy who's made the retreat in the garden, with the roof meadow and the secret turret for the kids is a genius.

I could happily live in that. It made me smile - astonishingly good 

Recovery of a savaged pieris?

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 19:19

If it's still green and showing signs of growth, it should be fine Sarah. In fact, you've probably done it a favour. Keep it out of too much sun and keep it well watered over the rest of the summer. It would be worth repotting and giving it some fresh compost too.  

I hacked back a purple Berberis and a Buddleia last year - both fine. They're all good, tough shrubs.


Posted: 05/08/2016 at 19:13

Hosta -  steady on - you're spoken for...

You've done brilliantly with the weight - good that you don't miss it either. I think a lot of people don't realise how many calories they consume in liquid form. Since I don't indulge - I can't give it up to lose weight...it'll have to be the biscuits instead.... 

Leaving early tomorrow to avoid the worst of the weather. It's a busy spot anyway as it's the same parking for the two Munros there. Hopefully not any windier than Glen Lyon was a few weeks ago 

Glad you're enjoying those progs T'bird. CM's good at them. I haven't watched the second part of the pilgrim one yet - might try later 

Been busy outside organising the new raised bed. Why do the 'simple' jobs always take ten times as long as they should?  Rain's now on so I'm glad I got more done. Not looking very promising for anything outdoor on Sunday  

Hope your aches and pains have eased a bit Yvie. I hate it when I get out of bed and I'm sore. 

DD - all the annoying, ridiculous manipulation will be forgotten once you're free. When you go to bed for the first time in your own little place, you'll thank your lucky stars you did it.  

Love to you both xx

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