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Scary looking tree branches in my garden

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 13:03

I've bagged quite a few Edd! 

 Stob Dearg is the mountain you can see entering Glencoe. I put a pic of it on the Camera thread a while ago. Buchaille EM is the entire ridge - a Munro at each end and two minor tops in between.  It's known as Big Bookil and the adjacent parallel ridge is called Little Bookil. Great walks.

Not sure my knees will ever let me do any more unfortunately. Would like to get a bit more walking though 


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 12:09

Squirrels will dig them up and take them but if the bulbs are all there, it rules that out. Some of the birds have had a nibble at a few of my cream ones, but it's the yellows they're particularly fond of. If they haven't flowered though, it also rules that out. They're normally pretty forgiving of conditions. Is they're something unsuitable in the area they're planted like a bog for instance? Or are they planted too deeply?

Or were they Autumn crocus perhaps - Colchicum (naked ladies)- and not the usual spring flowering ones?

Scary looking tree branches in my garden

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 11:56

Edd - 

I think they are beautiful. Ones of the benefits of hillwalking is getting to see all the lovely things we often forget about or don't take the time to look at. Some of the ones on rocks are particularly pretty and you can get a really good view of those when you're sitting on them to have a cuppa and a biccie!

Well, all that good clean, fresh air gives you an appetite 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 11:50

Oh totally vital Tracey 

 I got most of mine online so they weren't that expensive really and it's lovely at this time of year.That border is narrow and as I see it from the back windows of the house, I wanted plenty of highlights just now. There's a few later flowering things and a good bit of evergreen in it as well. Other parts of the garden will come to the fore in spring and summer so I wanted it  to look good for late winter mainly. It's all a bit messy in front of the border as I moved the shed and back gate last summer, and I have a path and a small lawn to do there, along with a few other things. 



Posted: 14/03/2014 at 11:39

Wot no doughnuts Verdi? Are you not feeling well? 

Thinking of making some banana muffins today. Not sure if my waistline would thank me though. 

If I do some h*******k it'll work them off maybe...

north facing wall

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 11:35

People often think shade is a problem but there are loads of lovely plants which will grow in shade to give year round interest. There's dry shade and damp shade so take that into consideration too - some plants won't thrive in one but will in the other, and if it's very dark, paler colours light it up better than bright/deep shades.

PS - Euonymous is another useful evergreen which grows well in shade. Variegated foliage - green/gold or green/cream. Easy to obtain and grow.

Good luck with it. Keep us all  updated with pix as you go along.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 11:26

Here's Snow Bunting Tracey - it has some soft yellow at the base. I thought they'd be a bit creamier than they are but they're quite white:

 these are a mix of Cream Beauty and SB:

 Joan of Arc in front of a Ligularia. They have purple at the base and are about 6" tall :


Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 11:09

Thank you Tracey. It's all very much in it's infancy and is a narrow border in front of a 6' fence- north/nw facing. Most of the crocus in those pix are Cream Beauty but I also have Snow Bunting which is whiter and a bit taller - I'll put  a pic on of those to let you see - they have lovely colouring at the base. I also have Joan of Arc which are the big white ones and are usually a bit dearer. I have a big pot of those crammed in as well as having some planted out. 

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Posted: 14/03/2014 at 10:28

It's normal practice to prune back when planting bare root hedging to encourage it to thicken up from the base, giving you a better result in the long run. Sometimes it's simply a question of cutting a few inches off a central stem but it just depends on the type of hedging. I'd agree with fidget - they shouldn't need watering so often. Water in thoroughly when planted and then let them get on with it. Just keep an eye on them during long dry periods. In another month they'll probably be putting on plenty of new growth  


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:58

Oooh all those posts weren't there when I did mine about Tony Benn. How strange. 

I wonder how many of today's politicians will be remembered in future - they all just seem interchangeable. No characters. Love 'em or hate 'em - many of his generation on all sides were at least interesting! 

Waiting for washing although it won't be going outside. More tea vicar? 

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