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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 08:07

Morning all/afties Pat.

Not read back yet as the 'pooter has been updating. Won't be able to find anything then....

Another sunny day here, although the garage roof across from me is very wet, so I don't know if there's been a shower or two, or another frost. We certainly had a little one the night before. Rain coming for the weekend. Can't remember the last time we had any. Apparently th deriest April in Scotland on record. Utterly bizarre! Makes the bogs easier to cross on the walks though 

One of the girls who normally works with us has been working in the yard for the last six weeks Wonks -think she found it hard going as well ! 

Better go and organise myself for another day of 'fun'.....

Have a good day everyone

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 08:01

I aim to get a few more Pat - shorter, so better for windy gardens! I don't know which one that is as it was a random buy at the nursery, but it's come with me to several gardens.  We used to have a little one called Pike's Pink in the garden round the corner. It was by the back door and had a really dense mound of short foliage. My older daughter, when she was little, loved to stroke it, and called it the hedgehog plant  

Love the white montana. The girl across the road from me here as one - not flowering just yet, but it's stunning when it's performing.

When is best time to prune Laurel?

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 19:04

I don't prune laurel into a shape - I just remove stems if necessary. I expect you could do it once - around this time of year if you like it round, but you'd probably need to do it again before winter - depending on how much growth it makes. 

Box usually gets done once and that does it for the year  

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 18:49

Liri - apparently they're predicting a record amount of midges here this summer. 21 billion females (which are the ones who suck your blood)  and a total of 69 billion in total for the Highlands and Islands....

....better stock up when you go to the cottage! 

Or get one of these 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 18:36

One had obviously gone for a pigeon Liri, and wrecked my plant inthe process. One of my favourites as well.  To say I wasn't pleased is a massive understatement  

Judging by the amount of feathers everywhere, I'm not sure the pigeon came off too well either  

Which geranium?

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 18:34

Too 'peely wally' for me T'bird  

- but you're right - keeps weeds down and almost evergreen, so it's useful in tricky areas.

Which geranium?

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 18:19

You might well be right T'bird.

It's not to my taste at all (biokovo) but it was one of the few things in this garden when I moved here - it currently resides at the front gate where I don't have to look at it! 

When is best time to prune Laurel?

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 18:15

Any time with laurels is fine in my experience ! 

I'm assuming it's the bog standard one. They can be hacked any old time. I'd avoid doing it if you have severe frost forecast (as with any shrub really) but that's about the only time. They recover from that anyway.

Box is different - late May /early June is the time for it, and that's to avoid frost damage   

Which geranium?

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 18:10

I thought it looked like biokovo too. I have that here. It's nowhere near flowering yet though. I can hardly detect any  smell on foliage anyway - so pointless me going out to check the leaves! 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 18:05

It's looking a bit hit and miss at the moment for it. Pity it hadn't been last weekend.

I remember being at Lanark County show ( early May ) on a couple of occasions when it was snowing -also racecourse.   

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