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Plant/tree selection for tall + quick screen

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 15:05

I wouldn't pick either Pittosporum or Photinia for up here. Pittosporums aren't really reliably hardy, and photinias usually don't cope well with our climate either. They usually look dreadful. 

I'd pick holly or laurel. Bear in mind that leylandii, while it's a good choice for the project, will keep growing well beyond fifty feet, so you would have to find a way to maintain it.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 14:59

No need for waterbutts here Dove 

Birds musthave heard me saying they were hiding. Just been watching the long tailed tits - four of them this time - with daughter. She loves them too.  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 14:40

Ta Dove - although I really should have some lunch...

6 degrees when I came home but that isn't factoring in the wind. Pure mingin', as we like to say here. Daughter buys me a coffee at McDs, and as we drove home, she joked  'look Mum - they've got a new cover for the cups as it's spring'. The wipers were giving it laldy in the pouring rain at the time  

Birds are all hiding too - can't say I blame them. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 14:00

Two at least Hosta...

Add a slice of apple pie, a slice of rhubarb pie and a fruit scone and that's your five  

You might have offered before I drank my coffee Dove  

They're very like the granola cookies I buy in the Co-op. Not very healthy really as they're full of butter, but absolutely delicious!

Vile day here - I can a plan a walk LP, but not sure it'll get beyond  planning if the forecast's right  

Glad you got your ID Pat  

I might watch that now Hosta...

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 08:06


Bad enough being stuck behind a car!

Steephill - glad it didn't put you off 

Ben More is tricky at the top even in summer if visibility's down. There's been a few casualties there. The cross on Ben Ledi is a memorial to a member of Killin mountain rescue (Harry Lawrie) who was killed on a rescue on Ben More in 1987. It was the 30th anniversary in February.  It was pretty horrific.

Easy to get that feeling of security after putting the hardware away on reaching the 'safer' bits, isn't it.  I'm usually ok on trickier sections, and it's when I'm on an ordinary bit of path- usually nearly back at the car - when I go over! 

I stick to familiar hills or the lower ones in winter generally, although this time of year can be just as wintery. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 07:54

Morning all/afties Pat. Can't help with the tree either but those are beautiful acorns. Gorgeous shape.

Not read back yet, so no idea what you were all up to last night.

Wet and very windy at the front of the house last night, so it didn't keep me awake. Only wet now and breezy. Just as well Liri got across yesterday - her ferry is part of the 'disrupted service' today. Looked pretty 'disrupted' when she was on it too....

Forecast is pants here for the weekend  

But it's Friday chicky - it's all good! 

Is there such plants

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 07:48

London Pride will grow there. It grows in deep shade -wet or dry 

Saxifraga urbium is it's proper name.  

I have Astilbes in wet shade - not exactly pot plants, but they will grow them. Bergenias should as well. 

Some geraniums will too worth trying.


Posted: 16/03/2017 at 19:30

Yes -  they'd be in pots if I had them nut. Not sure they'd like our soil/climate etc.

I know what you mean about the solid look too.


Posted: 16/03/2017 at 19:01

Ah - never had them in the garden nut - although I often fancy getting some   

Not the blue ones though - that colour makes  me feel    

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 18:45

The sea isn't my favourite thing either Dove. I like to admire it with my feet firmly on the ground...

None too warm  now - took stuff out to the  bin - three degrees and that's without the wind. Perhaps we'll get some of those wintry showers right enough. Meatballs and pasta to warm us up though. Smallest fairylet has done a good job with them  

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