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Boundary ideas between neighbours

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 19:27

Any photos Polly? That always helps 

If you want something that doesn't need a lot of trimming etc, you could use Euonymous. plenty of varieties, evergreen, variegated foliage and will form a low hedge. Some of the larger, mound forming Hebes will also do well in a sunnyish site, and will thrive in average conditions. Don't need much attention and would make a fairly structural hedge. Evergreen as well. There's also Lavender if you have a sunny site and the soil's well drained. If you're in a damp, cold part of the country, I wouldn't choose that though. 

Any other info you can provide will help with other suggestions too. 

I was typing as you did the photo!

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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 19:17

Glad the damage isn't too bad BL. A pain when you have fence down though. Not the best conditions to get out and fix it, although presumably it's not where the horses are just now? Pity about the tooth though!

That sounds good Liri. Always nice to get some fresh air and a few jobs done 

I got out for an hour or so for a brisk walk nearby then did some repairing to a bit of temporary fence at the back of the shed.  I really don't like low level walking though. Forecast isn't too clever for tomorrow either - fog/mist everywhere. Plenty of snow - just won't be able to see where I'm going!  I'll take a view on it in the morning as I'll be taking daughter to work at half six anyway. Might just drive north and do a hill I've done before and play with the ice axe. It's been pretty redundant this winter.

I'll have a nosey on here for a while before I have a cuppa and do some chores, and then it'll be time to collect older fairylet from work. A woman's work and all that... 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 16:02

Good job Hosta. I had lunch recently too after finishing my sewing, and it's now stopped raining, hailing etc so I'm thinking of going for a short walk with a bracing, chilly breeze and a pale blue sky above   

Or I could do more hoovering.....

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 15:47

It's a great plant Berghill. Blue Lady. The colour in the pic is accurate - a good plummy purple.  The flowers are a bit more upright than some varieties. I intend getting White Lady too. Seems very happy in our climate and I now have loads of little seedlings round it, so I might have to get them into pots to distribute around  

Don't expect them to be the same as the parent, but it really doesn't matter. I'll tuck them somewhere if the colour isn't right  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 13:52

Strange isn't it Liri, how our lives could have been very different. My dad was a Londoner, and met my mum up here in the Isle of Man while he was there playing in the band he was in at the time, and she was on holiday. He never went back. He loved Scotland's scenery, although he wasn't a walker or anything, but perhaps that's why I love the hills so much too. Perthshire is prime fruit growing country - especially rasps. Our climate suits them. I can see why your dad might have regretted it a bit.  Funny to think you could have been born up here instead.  I'd always assumed you were a Northern lass though, and I suppose I could have been a Southern one if things had turned out differently   

It's brightened a bit now Joyce, but not sure how long for...

Best time to start planting out?

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 13:16

In theory, you can plant out a potted plant at any time as long as the ground's suitable - ie not frozen or waterlogged. 

However, anything small is likely to get damaged by being planted out now, and by that I mean anything not in at least a  6 or 7 inch pot with a decent root system on it. Something tough like foxgloves would probably be ok, even at a small size, but delphiniums are slug fodder so I certainly wouldn't put those out for a good while, and cornflowers the same. As Logan says, if they're under cover just now, you'll have to harden them off a bit anyway. 

Ideally, you'd grow them on till they're a decent size and plant out then. Weather and molluscs will devastate anything little. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 13:08

I'm putting a fiver on right now Clari - don't let me down....

What odds am I getting though?  

I heard that about the restaurant owners too. Wouldn't be surprised. Lots of supermarkets were practically giving away veg at Christmas time - presumably as loss leaders to get punters into their shop as opposed to the discount places.  'We', as consumers, have created this stupid situation because we want to eat kiwi fruit or strawberries or pak choi in January. We should be eating in season and then it would all stop. When you consider how much food gets thrown out too....

LG - never mind the toads - it's those bonking rabbits that we have to worry about.  Eating our carbon footprint lettuce...how very dare they....

doc - at least you have something to watch on TV  

I've been looking out at the hail and sleet and having to resort to doing hoovery things, cleaning  and sewing, while catching up with Fortitude.  It seems to have gone off now though. 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 12:56

Really lovely Cloggie and you have a beautiful plot there. Bet you never tire of that view  

We currently have hail and sleet which isn't so good for photo taking....

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 10:55

Lovely pic Cloggie. The early light in wnter is so beautiful.

No 'e' on the end of hoar though. Don't worry - we'll keep trying till everyone gets it right    

I keep forgetting to take pix on frosty mornings. Took one of some new hellebore flowers today in the rain though. This flowers almost constantly - right round the year. I do nothing to it except a bit of B,F&B in spring, and remove any manky leaves. Best value plant in the garden!

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 10:08

Gotta love 'journalists' Liri. You're about half way to being a Scot now though....we're adopting you  

Positively warm here compared to you then - 4 degrees.  Barbecue weather for Scotland  

I'm not a lover of salad in winter, but I do love veg. The nearest my younger daughter gets to it is the tomato sauce on her chips...  

I always swore I wouldn't force certain foods on my children because I think it's counter productive. They always ate a lot of fruit as youngsters, and had fresh produce for meals,  and they'll come round to veg - as I did.  They eat plenty of certain ones, just not a variety. We eat very little processed food too. 

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