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Plants that will grow together

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 06:32

The alpinas are late winter to early spring flowering rosytoes - that one flowers in early spring here (Scotland) but might be earlier further south. It currently has a few flowers - on and off for a few weeks now. That may be down to our climate. They tend to have smaller coverage than the big summer flowering varieties, although that one is now covering a decent space.  

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 06:21

Morning all the nightbirds/afties Pat - I won't say anything. Hope you're feeling a bit more chipper today though 

Hosta - the best sleep I get is when I fall asleep on the settee. Old habits die hard. Daughters get very annoyed with me if I don't just go to bed, now that I have one! Hopefully it'll get better for you.

Been chilly overnight but a clearing sky coming in. I should see a bit of sunrise en route for my walk - it's a long one, so I'll catch up later with all your doings. 

Have a good day everyone   

Plants that will grow together

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 21:00

I have Constance which is an alpina - the seed heads are also beautiful. It has a few flowers at the moment as well as it's lovely display in spring

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 20:44

Yes - looking promising Joyce.

It was chilly here last night too - condensation on some windows this  morning, and only just into double figures when I went to work. Temps on hills are well down near zero until late morning. I'll take an extra layer..  

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 19:57

Being chased with the hoover ...I hope that's not some sort of euphemism....

Think froggy is one of last year's Lesley - too big to be one of this year's lot.  If they've been here as spawn, this is now home. We used to bring spawn back from the local pond when the girls were little and it was nice to have  a few frogs as they matured. I suppose very few make it to adulthood though. This one was Glaswegian spawn from a burn at the side of the Campsie hills - so it should be quite tough... 

Got quite a lot done outside after work as the weather was pleasant. Divided, shifted and planted a few things and cut grass and tidied the edges outside of the boundary fence.

Weather looking quite settled for tomorrow's jaunt, so I'll get to bed early, get up early,  and make the most of the day. 

Foxglove query

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 19:35

I find them quite robust and have kept small plants outdoors up here (Scotland) without any issues, but you could also tuck them in a sheltered spot - behind a shed or against a wall - for the winter, if  you're worried about them. 


Posted: 16/09/2016 at 19:32

Many happy returns BL - sorry I'm a bit late to the party....hope you're having a great day and get lots of cake and fizz    


Posted: 16/09/2016 at 19:22

Hi Dilly - I've never fed mine but you can use anything if you want to do that - tomato food would be fine, but I'd dilute it well.

The main enemy is wet, so as Ladybird says, keep them out of the worst of the winter rains. I also tip mine slightly, by sticking a block of wood or a couple of pot feet under the pot - at the back. That allows any excess water to drain down to the front where I have a plant which doesn't mind that.

Plenty of grit in the medium you have them in is always beneficial. 

Pruning Clematis

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 08:08

It will take a couple of years to start and really get going GD - then it'll romp away. The more you can train it across and over the trellis to get good coverage, the better your display will be. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 08:03

Morning all/afties Pat. That's a big effort! 

A bit of welcome blue sky here after rain overnight - hope it hangs around. Forecast seems to think so. Heading up to just past Glenshee tomorrow - weather permitting. Glad I hadn't planned on any more Mamores from Glen Nevis - a large part of the gorge path is gone as a landslide from the adjacent hill has plonked some rather big rocks and a lot of 'hill' onto it. It'll take around 5 or 6 weeks for it to be rebuilt. A very expensive operation - it costs around £400 to repair 4 inches of an ordinary path. 

Hope you can get a nice little break tomorrow DD. Glad things are settling for you  

Better go and organise myself for work - Friday already. Where do the days go? 

Might get the back grass cut later - all the rain has made it shoot up in just a few days. Plenty to do anyway. 

Have a good day everyone whatever you get up to  

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