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Posted: 01/02/2016 at 07:54

I thought goldcrest doc. Mainly because I have a regular one now!

I think we could fool the birds for next year - we'll tell them it's happening the previous weekend, then sneak up on them on the usual one....


Posted: 01/02/2016 at 07:50

Morning all and white rabbits 

You're sounding more like yourself Pat 

Hope Mrs doc has a good day -

It does seem a long one for mrs doc.  I only have a ten minute commute to work now. I found that pressure in the morning very difficult.  I love Shetland doc. 'Quietly' different 

Dark and wild out there - that's winter. At least we only technically have another month of it and then it's the spring months...warmth and growth and tee shirts. Well, a lighter weight jacket perhaps 

Interesting spam this morning 

Holly tree, cematis montana and bird cover

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:43

LG - I think you'd have to cut back the clematis in summer at some point, but I doubt if the flowering would be very good the following year. My feeling would be that it would generally look like a half dead plant a lot of the time. 

Could you just train the clematis onto the fence using wires or mesh,  instead of allowing it into the holly? Then you can tidy the clematis and the holly when it's suitable, perhaps letting the head of the holly get a bit bigger to keep the 'screen' you want.


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:32

I think we need to round up a posse doc....KEF'll hold him down while we get stuck in.

Seriously - totally unacceptable Clari.  Please take Dove's advice. You can't go on like that. 

New fence/new garden

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:27

There's a nursery which specialises in plants for shade Lou - Long Acre I think. I've never used them but I  believe they have a very good reputation.Have a look at their online catalogue though 

Patsy - I reckon shade gets a bad name sometimes. Easy to think nothing grows in it, but it's not really true. Osmanthus burkwoodii is brilliant and has lovely little scented flowers.

I have a ( predominantly white) border  on another boundary which faces east, so it has a lot of shade lovers too like Dicentra, Geraniums, Acteas, Spireas and Hydrangeas. Bulbs, ferns and foliage plants as well. 


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 15:20

You've been a victim of your own success Rich! I think I'd do what nut suggests - gently tip out the pots with two or three plants in them and plant them as carefully as possible. Cutting the bottoms is more likely to result in damaged roots. Ideally you would have thinned out the weakest of the two or three you sowed in one pot, but you are where you are. The seeds you've sown straight into the ground will come away when the soil warms up, although you'll lose some. Sow others in March as the others have said. 

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 14:38

Lyn - it's unsurprising that charities have been getting a bad name in the press recently. Totally with you on the junk mail, and it's so easy to miss the box tick thing.



Posted: 31/01/2016 at 13:39

Sounds perfect T'bird - when are we moving in?  

I'd love to live in Glen Tilt - or Glen Fyne. Sheltered because of the nature of the surroundings. Views to die for.  Strangely - I experienced mutant midges on top of Ben Lawers some years ago - it's nearly 4,000 feet above sea level 

Cat deterrent

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 13:34

didn't work here - despite doing this  



Tree for shady spot

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 13:18

There's the columnar cherry Sarah -  Amanagowa, but I don't know exactly how much shade it takes. Do you want something that flowers?

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