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Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 30/11/2017 at 18:48

I knew I'd forget summat - Happy Birthday for tomorrow Hosta. 21 again? 

Thought you might get quite a bit of snow doc. Will you have to do a bit of shovelling to  get out? 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 30/11/2017 at 17:57

Lots of snow up north GWRS. Whereabouts is your niece? The snow gates have been shut in various places regularly in the last few days, especially Cockbridge to Tomintoul. You always know winter's arrived in the north Highlands when that road closes  

I'd forgotten it was St Andrews' night. I've never done anything about it  anyway - it has rather negative connotations for me too. 

Look forward to seeing your dresser r'girl. Very useful as you say. Have you got some nice stuff to display on it?

Hope you're nice and cosy now LP and BL. Brisk here. The ground is very frozen and I still have some bark to put down. The temp is supposed to go up a bit tomorrow so hopefully it'll start to thaw out over the weekend. I had to break the ice on the pond this evening as it froze up again through the day. The birds would need skates if I didn't.

Keen to get on a hill while there's snow, in case we get a winter like last year. It's been a great few days this week but, of course, set to change for the weekend  

Some plant advice please

Posted: 30/11/2017 at 17:36

I have that Philadelphus (M d'Hermine) and it copes with my conditions no problem. I have one in a west-ish facing bed where it's also exposed to the prevailing wind and most of the rain, and one in a north facing bed which gets lots of 'weather' chucked at it. It's a lovely plant and needs very little attention.

This is a small corner of one of them - nice little double flowers  

How to build a pond?

Posted: 30/11/2017 at 17:27

Philippa has covered it pretty much. Be prepared for a lot of work, and since you're buying the liner first, make sure the hole doesn't end up too big for it....

The surrounds of the pond are as important as the pond itself.  Wildlife of all kinds needs cover nearby, so think about what you might want to put round it. 

Pick your time carefully too. Nothing worse than starting and then being in the middle of a period of hard frost or a foot of snow. It will depend whereabouts in the country you are too 

Good luck with it - take a bit of time to plan it, and then keep us updated, or come back and ask questions. Most people on the forum are very keen on ponds and wildlife. Take lots of photos of your progress too 

Planting a garden cheaply

Posted: 30/11/2017 at 08:09

Can you take a couple of photos Mark - that'll give us a better idea for suggestions. Click on the camera icon (top right) and if they don't load, resize them smaller  

It's bare root season, so you would be able to get plenty of things cheaply that way, but nothing grows instantly - you'll have to be patient! Things like Buddleia will gorw plenty each year though, so if you wnat something to provide a screen fairly speeedily, that will certainly work.

It's often better to create privacy with a pergola or similar, where you want to sit, and to put some climbers there. Strategically placed shrubs nearer your house are often better than putting trees on a boundary too. 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 30/11/2017 at 08:01

Morning all/afties Pat

About a 35 degree difference in temp then Hosta 

Maybe a wetsuit would be better chicky? 

Lovely to see you Bushman. Glad things are settling down for you. Keep cosy. 

Glad you're enoying Lof D , LG. 

The robin was waiting for me when I  ut food out earlier - not even light yet.  Greedy little s*d!

Hope you don't get too much of the white stuff Dove. We've only had the bit last Friday so far, which didn't lie as the ground was too wet. We'd already had one fall of snow by  mid November last year. Wonder how many we'll get this winter. Certainly never as many heavy falls as in the past.

I nearly caught a deer the other day LP. Half way down the road from work - he/she appeared out of the garden on the right in front of me, two perfect strides across the road and into our field on the left, and off at a rate of knots up the hill. First time I've ever seen a deer at the stables in all the  years I've been going there. Which is quite a few 

Better gp and get ready and scrape the car. Have a good day all - stay warm and safe.

Some plant advice please

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 18:34

What exactly do you mean by 'low growing' too?

Low growing for me would be something at around 2 feet or less. 

Viburnums will take quite a bit of punishment and some are evergreen. Osmanthus too. If the soil isn't alkaline, Rhodies would be fine and will cope with almost anything too once established.

Mahonias and Hollies (Ilex) will be fine in almost any situation.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 18:27

Sorry doc - I didn't read back properly 

Bonny bird - much nicer than our skanky looking ones  

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 17:35

Lovely Obelixx. You posted at the same time as me  

In stark contrast to some of the junk that passes for modern building nowadays eh?

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 17:15

Evening all. 

Glad my boiler is working - kind of necessary to have consistent heat up here  

You're right Lyn - exactly why I don't switch the thermostat right down at this time of year, even if we're not all in. It's false economy, as the boiler has to use far more energy to get the temp up to speed. I usually have it at around 13, but it was coming on regularly during the day in September and October as it was colder than that. Currently half a degree above zero just now, and not been above 2 at best. Frost not cleared at all in lots of areas. Far better than the usual wet though.

Sky was lovely when I left work as it was just about light enough to see the clear bit with a few black blobs of cloud on the horizon and a lovely moon  

I'm sure you've done fine LG. I'll cross as many bits as I can for you anyway  

Shame about the lack of sleep Hosta. Try going for a whole day without mentioning it and see if it helps. Sometimes works. Nice bird - has anyone IDd it yet? 

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