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Why doesn't my blackthorn produce sloes?

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 12:41

Ironically, we had the warmest driest spring I've ever seen here, but the bees weren't around at the right time and the flowers were non existent anyway. 

Hardy geraniums

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 12:38

I hate those too Yvie  

Do you mean pine toilet cleaner Verd? 

Never had a cultivated geranium wihch smells of anything...

Why doesn't my blackthorn produce sloes?

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 08:09

I had very little blossom on myblackthorn hedge this year so it may be down to the weather/climate this year. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 08:05

Morning all/afties Pat.

How sad doc. I watched a MASH reunion show last night and got quite emotional thinking about how nothing changes. Many of the episodes were based on facts provided by doctors and nurses. I don't think anything will ever change - there will always be some bunch of zealots wanting to bomb the c**p out of someone else, and some poor souls doing their bit to help will be in the wrong place.  Can't let human decency get in the way of a vile war, can you?   

I thought about those young army lads I met on the hill yesterday - some of them looked like they should still be in school and were struggling to get up the steep bits. Gets things totally in perspective. 

Hpe oblelixx gets her stove working soon....

Work beckons here too chicky. It's a bit chilly out there but dry for now although the ground's very damp. Had an early night last night - must have needed it as I slept well.

I'll catch up with you all later. Have a good day.

HELP! Pop-up Ads.

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 07:55

You just upload an adblocker. That stops them. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 21:18

Lovely pix B'man. Glad you had a nice trip and a lovely break. Goatfell always looks good  

Interesting pix Johnny. I suppose we take it for granted that we have more 'history' here. Nice to hear those stories though. Are you still trying to keep the Americans out?  

My walk today was changed from the one I intended. I've posted pix many times from Ben Donich so I hope these aren't too repetitive

I stopped at Luss anyway and got some shots down Loch Lomond

View from Luss across the loch

Rainbow appearing over Beinn an Lochain, Donich's neighbouring hill

Bheinn Bheula across towards the Cowal peninsula

I liked this 'Lady' shaped rock

she had a pretty good view - when the cloud wasn't down....

The Cobbler - the summits were all shrouded in cloud today

Beinn an Lochain through the 'V' in the rocks


Pano of the surrounding hills

The 'lour'ing' sky

The 'view' down to Ardgarten on Loch Long

The soldiers, and the summit trig in the top right corner


Posted: 23/10/2016 at 18:04

Waterscarecrow is the only thing that works for me - and I've tried all the most successful methods.

You wouldn't believe how they could still get into a raised bed covered with vertical bamboo skewers and hooped canes.... 

Last edited: 23 October 2016 18:07:30

Poor fatsia :(

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 18:00

I've always had them in the ground in shade. 

You can keep them potted but they often suffer from not having enough moisture in a pot. The foliage is so dense so rain struggles to get through and people often forget about watering. It's surprising how dry they can get. The right soil and care fro a potted specimen is needed. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 17:56

How about a big Lazy Susan on it? Just swivel it round to get your five a day!... 

I find it strange if the father is telling him not to go 'near the edge'. 'Don't go on it to start with you clown'  - should be the message! 

A nice big jaggy Berberis might do the trick.....

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 17:23

Clari, I don't know what's wrong with parents nowadays. Don't they realise what he's doing? Of course, if he fell off and broke something, you'd have them giving you all kinds of grief...

Some planters you can weigh down, with plastic pots to go inside if you want a change now and again. If you don't wnat to bother with that or it's too tricky, how about Hebes, if there's enough sun, and you could plant early bulbs round them, and shove some nasturtium seeds in later for the summer? Wouldn't need much attention. 

It was nice coming home Joyce - I came the scenic route by Helensburgh and it was gorgeous, but nearer home the heavens opened!

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