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Yet another post about my hydrangea ...

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 08:08

In addition to all B'cup's great advice, Renata, I'd just add that they're hard to kill  

Make sure it doesn't go short of water in dry spells if it's staying in a pot - and that can often be in late winter/ early spring if it's windy. Wind can dry plants out very quickly. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 08:02

Morning all/afties Pat. Something we take for granted isn't it? Having power. I'm old enough to remember the power cuts in the seventies here...I was very young of course.  At least we knew when they were coming though. 

Cold here again this morning - the windscreens look as if they've had a touch of frost but not been outside yet.  

Don't get me started on these clowns Daisy....what I call Princess Margarets. Famous for being famous. 

Enjoy your stomp chicky. Is that what you'll be wearing? 

Hope Hosta got back to sleep for a while...

I'd better go and get organised. I'm all behind today....just like that Kardashian woman then....

Camera Talk

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 07:55

You're very kind ladies. Not that amazing when you get passed by all the younger, fitter people on the way.....

Veyr lucky with the weather. It wasperfect for walking - only a few degrees for the early part which makes it more pleasant, enough breeze to keep you cool but not too bad on the exposed bits. Clear skies so that you felt you could see forever. From the summit you feel that you can see almost every hill inthe Highlands and Cairngorms. Buzzards and bellowing stags. What more could a girl ask for 

This chap had a pretty good view from the other end of the summit ridge too 

Camera Talk

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 23:21

It was about 9 and a half miles in total, but it's not quite the same as low level walking. Just under 7 hours, including all the stops. A little over 5 hours actual walking. It's about another 2 - 3 hours to add the other hill on. 

Pretty vertical for the final ascent from the lochan and it's all eroded, loose scree, so you have to scramble up.  In the third last pic, you can see where you get onto the ridge - from the right hand side, just beyond that pile of rocks at the bottom . The summit's about 100 feet the other way.  Two steps forward and a slide back when you get near the top though, so I took a detour and went round the end and up over it instead to get up, which was good fun  

Blooming Lillie a in October

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 20:50

I'd leave them. They'll die back naturally and come away again next spring. 

Wakeshine - if you're in a  milder area, and they're in good, well drained soil, in a sheltered spot, your Eucomis might be ok to overwinter. If they're deep enough, they should be fine. They'll also die back naturally. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 20:39

Yesterday's walk to Sgurr Eilde Mor - the most easterly of the Mamores, on the south side of Glen Nevis.

The fog en route stopped me getting any shots of Rannoch Moor, but five minutes further on, the fog was lifting and I got a quick pic of the two Black Mount hills (Meall a Bhuiridh and Creise) just before Glencoe. 

Looking south over Loch Eilde with  the Glencoe hills behind

Looking west over Loch Leven - the two Munros of the Ballachulish Horseshoe at the back. Pap  of Glencoe sitting in front of them

Sgurr Eilde Mor and it's lochan - almost big enough to be a loch...

Looking north from the same spot. Binnean Beag centre of pic. Behind it - the Grey Corries on the right, the Aonachs on the left

Pano of Binnein Mor (left of pic) across ridge to Binnein Beag

Holidaymakers getting a clear shot of Nevis 

From the summit ridge - looking down onto the lochan and across to Sgurr Mor Beag  (which leads to Binnein Mor)   with Na Gruagaichean just peeking up behind it

Ben Nevis and it's arete Carn Mor Dearg. The ridge from Binnein Mor to Binnein Beag in the foreground

From the summit looking south over the Glencoe and Orchy  hills, B. Mor on right

Binnein Mor from the little arete on Sgurr Eilde Mor

Pano of S. Eilde Mor and lochan on way back

View up to Am Bodach - another of the Mamores - on the way back down

Hope you enjoyed my jaunt to the beautiful Kinlochleven Mamores 

Tulip planting distances

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 18:46

You could cram them in fairly tightly if you just want a spring display. A couple of inches between each bulb should do. In pots, you can have them virtually touching each other. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 18:37

I love cream crocus Wonks - sling them up here along with your pedometer....

They look good in a big pot if you have one. 40 would be nice in something about 10 or 12 inches. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 18:06

They're beautiful little birds GD. I love the lichens on rocks too. I took a pic on my way yesterday of a rock with a moss on it. I find all these things really interesting.  

Yes - I was  'Mamore-ing' Joyce. I had planned to add on Binnein Beag to Sgurr Eilde Mor, which was my main focus, but it's a hell of a shift. You have to drop down such a long way into the corrie before going back up.  I hadn't felt particularly well on Saturday, which is why I went yesterday. I'm glad I only did the one though as my knees were a bit iffy on the way back. I'll just have to schlepp back up another day to get the others  

I'll organise my photos later. There were some nice ones.  Nevis was completely clear, and you could see for miles. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 17:52

Evening all - does it count as evening? 

Glad you got your 'flitting' done successfully, obelixx.  Decent weather helps enormously  

Don't want to know what RB is doing with an angle grinder...I'll keep well back just in case....  

Beautiful day here. Could have done with this week off - weather looking quite steady for now, and I could have got a fair bit of turf lifted and slabs shifted. 

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