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Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:42

Thanks Sheps  

I've spared everyone the self timed summit shot this week 

Haven't seen a single greenfinch in the three years I've been in this house. Had a few regularly in the garden round the corner, but they disappeared over time too.

Camera Talk

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:20

That's a little stunner Sheps.    

Greenies are in very short supply round here now which is a great shame. 

You're too kind David  

The ground's still at that bleached, yellow stage, typical of early spring - the lower slopes aren't yet greening up. Still a fair bit of snow on the higher hills, although not too troublesome to cross as it's frozen solid, and none on the steep scrambly bits up and down from the bealach. 

Are you from the Cranlarich/Tyndrum area Joyce?  It's a lovely part of the world.  


Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:09

Wasn't me Lou - honest...

Plants to grow in 4.5 cm diameter & 3.5 -4 cm deep pots

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:06

That's really tiny Eve  

The only things that are likely to cope with that are sempervivums or the little sedums used for making green roofs, which thrive on fresh air and not much else.  Perhaps the odd tiny alpine, if you could get it to establish, but  I doubt there's much that would cope with so little soil long term. 

Surprise garden visitor this morning

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 10:48

My dad had one that slept on top of the hedge in his sunny back garden. Not in the middle of nowhere either  

We get a lot of them round here and you often see them in the daytime. Loads of wildlife for them to eat and woodland to hide in. 

Batty Bunch

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 10:45

Hosta - trust you to lower the tone..... 

I'm not sure I'm mad enough really....

although some people might think that's the case .....

Montana clematus

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 10:42

Hi Caroline, it's very unusual for montanas to be affected by cold weather - they're very tough. It won't mean it's died though, and you should get more buds appearing.

Is it a new/young plant or an established one? Young plants will find it tougher to cope with the range of temps and weather conditions.


Posted: 24/04/2016 at 10:40

Most likely slugs - they seem to prefer certain daffs over others, as Dove says. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 10:37

Ooh he's stunning MrJ. You take some lovely photos  

A few from my walk yesterday at Crianlarich. Two Munros I've done before but they make a great day out 

From the aptly named Twistin' Hill - the ridge approach to An Caisteal (The Castle) centre of pic with it's little turret.  2nd summit - Beinn a Chroin on the left with it's undulating ridge. The hill on the right is Beinn Chabhair which can be linked with those two from a different approach.


the view back from that little turret with the Etive hills in the background


summit view - from left, a glimpse of Loch Lomond, the Arochar hills, Dalmally hills, Etive, Tyndrum and Orchy hills


The route down from An Caisteal  to the bealach at 820 metres, taken from part way up Beinn a Chroin. It's a bit scrambly but great fun!


Pano from the summit of Beinn a Chroin showing it's ridge and An Caisteal behind. Centre of pic shows the drop to the glen for the walk back

Zoomed shot of Ben Lomond from the summit


Hope you enjoyed walking with me  



Posted: 24/04/2016 at 09:19

Hi James - it's something most of us have done. The temptation to encourage spring into our gardens - living further north means that patience is forced on us!

If the soil's cold and wet, it pays to wait with your seed sowing so that you can plant out when everything's at a good size, and hasn't got leggy and weak. Especially if you don't have a greenhouse to  move them into fro a while before planting outdoors.

Yo can resow as scroggin says, and if you can be bothered, mark it on a calendar or a diary so that you can refer to it in future and save yourself some time, effort and grief!  

You're right about those sowing times on packets etc scroggin. I bought some Acidanthera bulbs again in March ( on sale in February ) and all it says is plant in a sunny spot, flowers in late summer etc. No mention of needing to keep them frost free. Very misleading if you're new to sowing or planting anything.

If I'd planted them when I bought them, never mind February, I'd never see them again. 

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