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Posted: 13/09/2015 at 10:44

Flippin 'eck lily 

That's not really what I want to say....


Allium questions

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 10:42

It's the best medium bookmonster. As you're discovering, adding plenty of organic matter and grit makes it ideal for a huge range of plants. I've always gardened on clay. Even on sites which haven't had any 'garden'  before - just compacted grass - plants grow brilliantly once they've had a couple of years of attention.  

I add lots of grit to the soil when I plant bulbs as we get a lot of rain. I mix it in rather than just putting a load in the bottom of the hole. I think it works better that way. 


Posted: 13/09/2015 at 10:31

The weather couldn't have been better if I'd ordered it specially! 

I'll see if I can do the same for you Dove 

Bit of haar on a couple of mornings, as is the norm in the east, but we had 360 degree blue skies and sun every day. The cloudiest was on Thursday when I did Wyvis, but cleared by lunchtime. It's always a very windy hill so I  skirted the summit of the first top as it was hard to stay upright, but it was better when I rejoined the plateau path, and superb at the summit. Less windy on the return, so I did the other top on the way back. Lots of people only went to the first summit - perhaps I should have told them.... 

For the first time on a holiday - I didn't want to come home. Usually want to come back after three or four days, no matter where I am. Perfect weather for doing some of the many Munros there, but I thought I'd better spend some time with the girls 

Garden has survived well - picked my first tomato! I set up a basic watering system with a wick from a water container into the pots. Brilliant - might just do that from now on!

What happened with KEF's roof? I'll be here for a week if I try to read back 

little holly

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 10:01

Some don't - it depends on the variety -  but it also depends on whether there are others around for pollination. 

As the others have said, once you get them established in the ground, they'll grow on well and make big trees eventually. You can clip or trim them as you wish though. They're tough as old boots    

any other arachnaphobes out there?

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 09:47


Youngest daughter saw a big one recently outside her bedroom door and had to come and ask me to take it away. When I explained that it was just the male looking for a 'friend' () and what happens after 'the deed', she still wasn't sympathetic  

Got a pic recently of one in the garden which had wrapped up his lunch and was having a nibble 


Posted: 13/09/2015 at 09:40

Good morning all - we're home! Wonderful holiday and it was  everyday 

Something wrong with the summer when you have to go to the north east of Scotland in September to get a suntan 

Hit and miss internet in the cottage so haven't seen what you've all been up to.  I'll just wish everyone well and hope those that have been having a hard time recently are on the mend. 

Have so many photos it'll take me forever to get them on the computer, never mind sort them. We didn't see Nessie ( ) but we saw loads of beautiful scenery. I won't bore you with it all, but, just to prove the sun shines in Scotland sometimes, here's my lunchtime view on Ben Wyvis on Thursday

 and the young fairies enjoyed skimming stones on the beach at Ardmair Bay,  north of Ullapool - just like their mum and aunt did over 40 years ago. It was our holiday destination for many years....happy days

Some of my parent's ashes are scattered there so that they have that view forever.

A few tears were shed...  

More tea needed now while I catch up with the activities here and put the washing out. Back to reality!  



Posted: 06/09/2015 at 16:55

Yes - Pat's in Oz, Colin  

Hopefully you'll be able to get them from the sources fidget mentioned above  


Posted: 06/09/2015 at 10:22

Re technology - it's a necessary evil these days Jo. It's invaluable for the hill weather forecast as it changes constantly. I monitor a few and take the law of averages!

The mobile is switched off though  


Posted: 06/09/2015 at 09:41

That sounds...weird Hosta  

Nothing to beat that first cuppa, although the first one after a long day's walking edges it just slightly for me  

Have a lovely trip chicky. Sounds delightful.   Sun is shining here just now and I feel I should be putting washing on and doing 'stuff' in the garden. This holiday lark's hard work...   

Need lawn advice.

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 09:20

Rotovating's a big mistake if you have loads of weeds. Any perennial nasties will simply be chopped up and every bit will form a new plant so you'll increase the problem. 

What exactly do you mean by 'rocks' Andrew? Remove any larger stones but small ones won't really be an issue. 

I'd use a weed and feed product - although you really need to wait till spring for that now. That gets rid of the weeds and you can then oversow with grass seed. After that gets going, mow regularly- at least once a week and not too short. That will make a huge difference. You'll need to wait for about six months before using any further weed and feed products, but re apply the feed now and again in the future as per instructions to maintain the grass. You'll see a huge improvement quite quickly. 

If you don't want to wait till spring, you could kill off the existing area with a weedkiller, and then prepare the area thoroughly (no getting away from digging it over!) and sow seed then. It's getting a little late to do that amount of prep - you really want to be at the seed sowing stage now - but it depends where you are and what your garden conditions are. 

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