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Posted: 30/07/2016 at 12:13

They need the Munro piper M.Up. He takes his bagpipes to the top of the hill and plays, so he has plenty of puff.  He's quite famous now.

I had my fill of Agricultural shows when I produced ponies. Don't miss it at all. You couldn't pay me enough to go to them now -  just make the rosettes instead    We don't do Turiff though. Weather's supposed to be a bit better in the next couple of days further north, but I'm back at work. Was looking longingly at some hills as well...

Had to have a break from shovelling. The old wrists aren't what they used to be 

Braemar gathering is quite soon Pp - you could always come over and go to that. Plenty of big men in kilts   

Camera Talk

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 10:32

Liri - it's ok - I have strong teeth...

We have a programme up here called Landward which is the Scottish equivalent of Countryfile. There was a good item recently about the resident ecologist  at the Mar Lodge Estate. She studies them and films leks. It was really good  


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 10:19

'if he asks for a double entendre, I'd give him one'....

 Hosta - he only wanted a double entendre, you don't have to ...oh, I see what you mean.... 

Bit cooler here too Pp so I'm about to head out and shift gravel...hope someone will have cake for me later or some sort of reward  

I'm more sore today after working in the garden yesterday than I am after doing hills. Must be my age...

Camera Talk

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 10:13

 Morning Sheps - that's gorgeous 

The detail you get with your camera is wonderful. I could look at your photos all day.

The females are so plain aren't they? The boys get all the glory in the bird world  

They're big birds too - it's easy to think they're not much bigger than the females, but I was really surprised at how large they were the day I saw them up close on the hill. Like big turkeys!  

Design Ideas for a garden in Italy

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 10:08

Hi Pugliese - what a stunning project, and it already looks fantastic. 

Difficult to really make suggestions as such, but if the property is for letting, I think a basic framework of greenery in a formal design will be the best way to go. Maintenance is going to be tricky if you have anything too fussy or involving lots of pruning, staking, feeding and maintenance.

I expect you've already done a little homework on Italianate gardens of that style. A simple parterre of box hedging, with suitable perennials in the spaces and a line of cypress would be what I'd go for. How you lay that out would depend on the aspect and where you want features, ie from that terrace, bordering the pool, would be nice for the cypress. The parterre could be in between those or on another side of the building. Statues, or large pots with appropriate easy care annuals, or matching evergreens are  features you may want to add at some point depending on your finances.

Don't know if that's of any help, or what you have in mind, but the old adage of right plant, right place is always a good starting point, so take a look at what other planting is around you too - if any!  

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 09:12

BL - the 'updated' quote option isn't nearly as good as the old one which you had to click and unclick! 

I rarely use it now either - it's too big and clunky, and not very successful when you try to delete bits you don't need, which was easy the old way 

The builder's mesh is great for a contemporary or a more traditional garden, so it's excellent for lots of  different styles and locations. No rotting either!


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 09:06

Hi Laurence, it may simply be that they're old leaves dying back. It's quite common in lots of plants as they grow.

If you haven't replaced or refreshed any of the soil/compost it's in, it could also be short of nutrients. Not sure they're suited to containers really, unless it's a nice big one. They make quite big clumps, so you might be better finding a space in the ground for it if you can 

Please help to identify these plants :)

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 08:59

Think that second one is Ammi majus Stuart -has lots of common name like Bishp's weed.  Someone else will correct me if I'm wrong.

Don't know the first one though.


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 08:49

Morning all/afties Pat. Did you have to mention the rubber bands - reminds me of the vet 'doing' young ponies and I haven't had my breakfast yet  

Loved your sunset pic - you should stick that on the camera thread too  

Good day here so more grafting to do. I misread your post Joyce - thought you said 'tanning in the garden'. Bit optimistic , I thought...

I'm sitting here and I can hear a buzzard. There's always a few round here this time of year. The crows will start giving them grief soon,no doubt.

Nice to see you doc. Bit of fresh air and 'taming' is always good to put the world to rights 

Missing Eucomis bulb

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 08:42

Looks good KonG. The standard green one is nice, but Sparkling Burgundy is a really attractive plant. You have exactly the beneficial conditions it likes too.

 I might resort to a pot if I get more, as the soil conditions over winter really aren't suitable. Might try both as I can improve the area it would go in while I construct it, and, like Joyce, the eaves of the house will offer good protection from the elements  

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