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Posted: 01/03/2017 at 18:04

I only grew them last year for the first time GD - not sure why I haven't before! I'm hoping they've seeded around quite a bit, but too early to tell unfortunately. 

I'm going to sow some later this month, or early April. They're so pretty  

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 17:49

Lovley photo  oakridge. I love this thread - we get so many different views and locations 

Sorry - I missed your reply scroggin. I love rainbows when there's all sorts of different weather and sky with them. You had a great day to be out today - we've had a decent few days here too and I'm at work - typical!.

I hope you get some good weather for Glencoe and the chance to do a few hills perhaps.There's plenty of choice in the area. The photos I've posted recently are of Beinn a Chrulaiste which is the Corbett across from the 'Big Bookil', and boasts some of the finest 360 degree views available anywhere. Straightforward and not terribly exciting - but on a good day, it's a terrific viewpoint  

Have a bit of birthday cake for your partner - 21 again? 

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 17:35

They're lovely little birds Dave. I have one which occasionally visits. You find them readily if you have conifers  

Lovely to get photos - I've never been lucky enough

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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 17:16

Sounds great Hosta - you must bee very excited  

Eccles cakes...  in fact, yum to any fruity bake of any kind. Could easily eat half a dozen scones, pancakes, eccles cakes etc 

Are drop scones the same as our Scotch pancakes Obelixx? I seem to remember my Dad mentioning it. 

Not too much damage with car - 80 quid. Watched the robin seeing off an interloper for a while when I came home. It was all very amusing. He was even more puffed up than usual!

Joyce - I've visited Glen Etive many times - especially in summer - and I couldn't believe the difference last year, compared to those previous visits.  Hoaching. Parked in passing places, on bends in the road etc etc. One even had his large 'van' parked on a double bend and had the nerve to have a stove of some kind in the road. I'm lucky nothing was coming the other way   

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 08:03

Thanks AuntyR. That'll keep me going. I was just commenting yesterday at work,  when we were discussing pancakes and scones, that Welsh cakes are also lovely  

I see the camping issue on Loch Lomond has made the national news this morning. If the a***holes who  trash every place they visit ( and often their own immediate surroundings as well ) were caught and properly punished, there wouldn't be a problem. Sadly they'll just go elsewhere - like beautiful Glen Etive, which now seems to be full of them. As usual, the scummy element of society ruins it for all the responsible, decent people. 

On the plus side - at least the reporters could see the other side of the loch as it's clear and bright!

Rant over. Apologies for tainting your day Wales 

Better go and organise myself and get the car to the garage. Hope it's not expensive...sigh

Have a good day all whatever you're up to 

Any bamboo experts?

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 07:48

There are lots of threads here about bamboo,  lb - many of them quite negative I'm afraid! If you put bamboo into the search box at the top of the page, you should find some.

I'm not sure what you mean about 'unrolling' it though?  

You can remove upper foliage to leave stems bare lower down - that's quite standard practice as it shows the stems off. You can also remove stems completely every now and again to let some thicken up and give a more tropical look. It really depends what look you want.

In my experience you can buy fairly standard sized potted  plants, but they can be quite expensive. It largely depends on the variety you want, as with any plant. The readily available, cheaper ones are often the most invasive. 100cm is fairly typical in size for a potted plant. If it's substantial in circumference, it'll probably be dearer, as it's more mature. 

Again, like lots of plants, your conditions will dictate the ultimate height of them. They need a lot of water, so your narrow strip of ground may not be ideal. Many of them are happy enough in shade.

Starting a garden from scratch

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 07:39

Glad you got a new thread started Angela - it'll make it easier for advice as it's clearer what you're looking for 

I think Obelixx has covered it quite well already. If you can get a few pix that really helps. It's important to get the basic info about aspect, soil etc, and then decide on likes and dislikes. Getting the initial structure of the garden is the best way to go.

Plenty of people to help with tips on the practical maintenance etc too. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 06:59

Forgot it was March...the lack of sleep must be affecting my brain. That's my excuse anyway 

Morning all - afties again Pat 

Looking chilly outside again. Frosty. Hopefully a little sun will appear. Not sure if that's lion or lamb Dove...

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 06:45

Must be catching Hosta. I eventually got up at 6.15, having been awake since before 3am. I've had two cups of tea already after giving up all hope of getting back to sleep. Even watching  the 'Cirque de Trump'  from America didn't send me off   

Hope you managed to doze off.

I won't say morning just yet but, afties Pat. Glad you've had a good report from the doc  

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 19:36

I can't complain Liri - even though I do 

The winter has been so benign that I've done more hills than I would normally expect. Just hoping we get some decent stuff so that I can get out regularly through spring 

I look at photos quite  a lot, which is the opposit issue most people have with digital cameras. 'You never look at them if they're on a computer'  they always say. I suppose because I'm on this forum a lot, it means they're right there - at the touch of a button  

I have printed some though, and I'd like to do more and put them in frames. 

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