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Insects, Bugs, beasties

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:30

yarrow - I looked them up after Sheps posted his pic, as I was curious about whether they were found up here. It seems they are quite widespread, so maybe you've just had the right conditions this year. Fantastic looking creatures aren't they?

I've never seen one over here on the west side, but maybe I've simply not noticed. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:22

I need to move one of mine but it will be a while before I can do it, so hopefully it'll have finished by then! 

Pruning hornbeam hedge

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:12

Hornbeam is my favourite hedge of all. It's looking good so I'd just tidy, as Dove says. Secateurs are more useful than anything when hedges are young.

Hornbeam likes a fair bit of water, so keep the grass well defined and also well clear of your hedge, so that there's less competition there,  and giving the hedge a feed and mulch in spring is also useful for another year or two. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:07

You should have tripped while carrying a (full) watering can Yvie....'help, help, there's been a terrible accident'....

If you eat the buttons standing up, it doesn't count ...

Nothing worse than excitable wind...

It's been lovely here too - after the mist Joyce. Think it's almost into the twenties...better than most of the summer. There's a bunch of dark clouds heading in though, but supposed to be good again tomorrow. Hope it stays ok for Saturday. I need to get a decent walk 

My Acteas are just beginning to flower. Late for them. 

I may go out and do a bit while my brisket finishes cooking. 

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Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:02

Lovely garden you have there pokhim. 

I agree with what Yvie's saying too  - I put bulbs in plastic pots and swap them inside nice pots for display. The advantage of pots is that you can cram them in. I personally don't care for the layering thing - I use one colour of one type of bulb in one pot. That way, I can get a good display and when it's done, I can take it away and put something else in it's place. 

Always pick the varieties you want rather than mixes. They're fine if you have a bit of woodand or something similar, but in areas where you want a good display, choose carefully. Bear in mind your own conditions too - when they say 'flowers in June' that can be several weeks later up here, so work out flowering times according to your own area and climate, so that you can link everything together and have a succession of flowers. 

There are lots of good online suppliers, so you don't have to rely on what's available locally either. Peter Nyssen and Gee Tee bulbs are the two I use. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 08:00

Morning all/ afties Pat - I can only echo everyone else and say try and see someone else. 

DD - perhaps you should have picked Smoke on the Water to try instead of Mull of Kintyre....easier - and  more attractive! 

Good luck with it Wonks - my sister played a lot when she was younger and had my Dad's friend (who was a professional jazz musician) to call on for help if needed. We used to sing Joni and Neil Young songs on a regular basis     Hope you're feeling better soon  though. 

Dry here but very overcast. Supposed to improve though. 

Better get organised for work - I'm all behind, like the coo's tail, this morning 


Posted: 14/09/2016 at 19:31

I found rosemary very easy from seed too 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 19:20

Have cut the grass - soggy as all hell, but had to be done. Mower struggled a bit even though the grass isn't very long. Raked and tidied up. Very overcast so I think more rain is on the way....

Daughter got one lot of washing dry earlier while it was windy, but the second lot was just hingin'..no wind now. At least it's not too cold - about 15

I know Pat will be away now, but doesn't sound very good re her doc  

Sorry about your friend Dove. Hard when friends start 'going'. 

Organising a quick pizza  for tea now. Can't be bothered really. 

Will have a look round here while I wait for it. 


Posted: 14/09/2016 at 17:33

I've got mainly alliums and the little species tulips on order pokhim. Just checked the other order - it has 180 bulbs on it. I also bought a few the other day when I was out - alliums and crocus.  

You can never have too many ...

Someone asked about putting bulbs in pots the other day. I have around 60 white Joan of Arc crocus in a 15 inch pot. It's necessary if you want a decent display. You need big quantities of smaller bulbs like crocus to cover any kind of area at all. Less of bigger bulbs like daffs and lilies etc  

As sanjy says, it depends how you use them. My bulbs in borders are among perennials and shrubs so the foliage is mostly hidden when dying back.

HEY! This aint right!

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 12:50

It's currently 14 degrees here. At least it's dry....

Wouldn't want your 20/30+ degrees though....

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