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Camera Corner

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 09:41

A few chilly, 'non flowering' ones to contrast with the lovely bright pix here!

Snow cornice on Beinn an Dothaidh (Bridge of Orchy, May 2008)

 North Goatfell from the summit of Goatfell ( Arran, December 2008)

 Summit of Goatfell



Posted: 17/11/2013 at 09:01

Morning all. Frosty here but sun coming through nicely so hopefully front garden will thaw later to let me get more hedge in. The clay soil was sticking to everything which made it hard to get it mixed with compost - the rain didn't help either. Progress made though.

Just read yesterday's posts. Andy- take it easy. It must have been very frightening for you and your family so I hope you're safely on the mend now.

Hope everyone has a good day - whatever you're up to 


Posted: 15/11/2013 at 19:24

Had my tea- carry out treat.  Actually it wasn't very good!

Can I have a scone too please Dove? I've stripped turf, dug a trench out and mixed the soil with compost and planted more hedge whips. 30 in now. Moved two plants as well 

Too late to plant my bulbs?

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 10:09

I've still got some to go in Steph. If they flower a bit late - so be it! I now have hedging to get in so most of the remaining ones may go in pots which can be slotted into borders in spring.

Moving an Old Berberis Darwinii

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 10:05

I moved an established berberis earlier this year but it wasn't quite that size. I cut it back to a couple of feet, dug it out with as much root as I could manage, and tucked it into a little corner with some fresh compost and kept it watered. It seems fine but it's a deciduous (purple foliage) variety which may make a difference. If you feel like having a go at moving it then crack on, but I'd be inclined to agree with most of the replies here - if it has to be moved because of building work then you're probably better removing it and starting anew.

Making a patio border

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 09:55

Hi doorbers. I take it that the retaining wall will be about 2 and a half feet high? As it's not very deep (a foot) you'll need a good mix of manure and soil/compost so that it doesn't dry out as it will be a sunny site. A  layer of gravel in the bottom should be sufficient to allow drainage if you don't want to remove the paving, although that would definitely be the best idea,  but I'd suggest a layer of membrane over the gravel to stop your soil being washed through the weep holes. I have just created some raised beds along fences and I'm using ivies and clematis as the main climbers. I also have an Escallonia and some christmas box (Sarcococca) which can be trimmed to keep them from encroaching onto the surrounding paths, and a Pyracantha which provides berries for wildlife. That may be too jaggy for your seating area though! I have Euonymous as well which can be put against fences as a small climber. These are all evergreen apart from the clematis but there are evergreen varieties of those too. As the border is narrow you may want to use some perennials rather than all shrubs and climbers since they will need a bit of maintaining in an area that size. Hope  that gives you a start! 


Posted: 15/11/2013 at 07:54

Morning one and all. Not a bad day here- a tiny bit of frost earlier I think but it's rapidly going so I should get more hedge in. Managed to avoid being stabbed by the thorns yesterday so I hope I can maintain that today.

Don't work too hard KEF! 


Posted: 14/11/2013 at 19:03

Not caught up with all the posts yet. Like your new avatar Dove -think I might find a festive one in December. Glad the shoulder's ok. 

Gardengirl- yes- most of the hedge is for round the front garden. It's a good 'stabby' one - Blackthorn!

Hope you're ok Stacey. Always a worry when you have to wait for results.

Thanks to everyone who missed me. Very kind  

You can't get rid of me that easily you know 


Posted: 14/11/2013 at 18:25

That was a very bad joke Verd, but I'll forgive you since you gave me a compliment. 

And here's a 'C' word smiley for you since they seemed to have appeared! 

Since you've loads of time and you'll be wanting something to take your mind off your could come and help me with my hedge Dove....

Camera Corner

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 18:18

Thanks James 

Where did you take the 'fruity' pix? 

And I don't mean the 'lady 'one!  

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