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Posted: 13/07/2016 at 20:22

Hope that eases Yvie 

What's a bobhowler? 

I'm hoping mine come out white or as near as possible Lesley. There aren't many common foxgloves close by, and I don't think anyone round about me has foxgloves. Not that I've seen anyway.  

I'm very excited as one of my Harebells has opened 

I'm quite ridiculously  giddy  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 20:15

I'm beyond excited. I have my first Harebell  

Is it as good as the 'proper' ones in the wild though...

I'm happy enough 

I really need to get out more....

Camera Talk

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 20:06

Sheps - you really should. I'd buy it! Make sure there's a good little box for writing stuff in though...

Ppauper...you're a cheeky b***er ....but yes - hurrah!  

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 19:43

No - definitely clumps of spawn philippa. Last year's came from a burn at the side of a hill in the Campsies. 

This year's were rescued from the top of a boulder on a hill in Glen Douglas, at least fifty feet from the nearest pool.  Not seen much of them ...not surprising really when you consider their original location. They didn't come from very smart parental stock....

Could give you the dates if I look up the pix from the walks!

We had frogs and toads at the last house though -  strings and clumps  of spawn. 

Sweet pea advice please

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 19:25

It has been consistently cold here after the cold spring and then unusual warmth in late May/early June. It's struggled to stay in low teens here for the last two weeks apart from a few hours now and then. Some days it's only just made double figures. Mine are out of the worst of the wind, so they've made some reasonable progress but I expect it's been a bit hit and miss for lots of plants   

ID this wasp thing ?

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 19:15

 I see from pansyface's link that they're not very common up here. Never seen one. Gorgeous.  


Posted: 13/07/2016 at 19:10

Not sure what you have for it to climb on David, but have you tried Honeysuckle? They're better scrambling up and over something as opposed to on a trellis on a wall but  should be perfectly happy with the damp ground. It prevents them getting mildew, and they need a fair bit of moisture to flower well.  

Camera Talk

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 19:00

I don't even try the quote thing Sheps. It was better before when you just had to go with it's quirky 'quote, unquote' method!

I think you need to produce a calendar Sheps. Wildlife of course, don't get any ideas about a Forum Members /Calendar Girls one.... 

He's a stunner, incidentally 

Very polite about my 'mist'. It's not so good when you're stuck in it and you've lost sight of the path back down though.... 

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Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 18:48

Ooh - mine looked like that Philippa. Sure they were frogspawn though....

Stressed lawn

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 17:59

Hi Rookie - sorry you've had a bit of a wait for any advice - we were all watching the tennis right enough...  

A  question for you. Is it the mix for the raised beds you want to know about? Usually, the best mix would be soil and compost in roughly equal amounts, and some manure, and grit mixed through it to aid drainage. I prefer to mix everything together rather than having a layer of gravel at the base, as I feel it can just become a sump and water can sit in there in wet weather. It also depends what you want to grow and what your climate is like , ie are you in a wet part of the country, or a nice dry one. You can adjust the amounts to suit the planting you want. I also split my raised beds using a simple timber barrier, so that I can grow plants which like different conditions next to each other  

If you've had a bit of work done and the lawn has been trampled, you might want to give it a good going over with a fork to help aerate it. I've had some building work done here, so I've had a similar issue, and I've just done that, and I've also resown a couple of areas which were bare after bags of sand and various loads of 'stuff' sitting on the grass. It's already looking almost back to normal - a bit of sun (not a lot!) and plenty of rain has helped it recover. 

Hope that's a little help just now. 

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