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Posted: 28/02/2017 at 12:47

That's from last year GD. I haven't sown any yet this year, although I left all of those to seed around. 

I wouldn't normally bother sowing early here. I sowed them in mid April and had them on a windowsill, but only till they germinated, so that I knew what they looked like as young plants. They went outside as soon as they were a couple of inches tall, just in a sheltered spot for a week or so till they were hardened off enough to cope with our weather.

I didn't have a suitable spot for them to be planted out at the time either,  as I had building work going on, although I never quite got round to finding a location when that was finished so they got stuck in borders as they were. 

I'll sow direct this year - it's how they do in nature  anyway!  


Posted: 28/02/2017 at 08:09

They were quite rounded early on GD. Once they got a bit of height they changed.

Mine were sown in april and looked like this in July. Yours might grow quicker though

First lawn feed of the year

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 08:04

It would have to defrost here first....

It depends on your growth rate, your location and the weather. 

Feeding too early is therefore fairly pointless unless there's something to feed. If you're using a weed and feed product, it's more effective if the weeds are actively growing. Our ground is too wet to cut grass from mid/late October onwards usually, but the growth is slow because it's too cold so it's rarely growing  much before April. I often use a feed only in late March or early April as it encourages growth, and then the weed product works better as it has more to work on. That can be a good tactic. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 07:55

Morning all/afties Pat - hope you're having a good day 

I'll still be buying my eggs as I was before. Apparently they will have a label stating something like -  they were free range but because of the bird flu issue, the birds are inside, or similar. Is it too much to hope that people will apply a little common sense and work out the reasons for that. I'm sure Hosta will get some customers who'll be annoyed about it....

Sharp bit of frost today, but only just below zero just now. Everything is crisp and white though. The nuthatches were straight in to the feeder after I topped it up 

Strange dream Dove. Have you checked your purse! 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 21:04

Dove  - just caught the last couple of minutes. Didn't know it was from here or I'd have recorded it. Ullapool is a special place Will download it. 

We seem to have avoided the snow LP. Hope you don't get too much. Think it will be icy here tonight too. 

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Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 20:41

Funny thing is GD - that hill is on the A82 as you head towards Glencoe, so it's not really  remote at all! There is just open landscape all the way from Tyndrum to Glencoe, with lots of Munros on each side of the road as well as Rannoch Moor. The road cuts through the Glencoe hills so that part is quite dramatic. 

This was taken last year when I was on the same hill - you can see the road down below  


Posted: 27/02/2017 at 20:29

It's mixed in with the sweet peas a bit GD. This is a bit more close up - quite long narrow leaves, altthough they look quite different when the plants are small.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 19:50

Hosta - I know what  you mean about those shops. I'm afraid in the 21st century, with online shopping for everything under the sun, if they don't move with the times,or offer a different and unique service, they've had it.

Doyou think B'church will be any good? I'm watching The Team, which is a Scandi/multi country drama. Quite good.

Hope the finger's a bit better T'bird. My mother was fond of sugar and soap as a poultice. Bran was good as well - used to use that when I worked in the stables, as we had plenty of it!

Beef Stroganoff for tea . It was    - even if I say so myself. 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 19:38

Just beautiful Sheps. Someone mentioned Merlins the other day and it reminded me of you! I must go back to Glen Lyon and see if I can spot them again.

I'm always meaning to ask you - do you sell your photos, or is it a hobby? Everything about  your photos is so beautiful  

I read yesterday that the chap who's one the Landscape photographer of the year is from Skye. 

Missed my hills this weekend - and last weekend. Minging weather  

I can always look at the pix from better days out though 

Neighbours new fence

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 18:22

I'd agree with Sheps. The problem with only one person paying and erecting the entire fence is that, 'they' then own it, and if they want to paint it lurid pink, there's not much you can do.

Conversely, if you want to do anything to it, they could make it difficult for you. 

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