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Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 18:09

Lovely visitors Giddy. Buzzards are really common up here, although we only get them in gardens that are a bit more rural. No matter how many I see - I still love it  

We have kingfishers near where I work. Great if you get them coming in the garden though. Someone else on here had some visiting too. Beautiful  

Trust the old 'grey tree rats' to get in on the act Johnny. glad I'm not the only one who carries cereal bars in the camera case  

Perhaps the previous residents didn't encourage them too much Obelixx? I'm sure you'll get more in once they see your restaurant menu 

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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 17:31

Evening all - hope everyone is ok in the windy, wild weather. Hope you've no damage doc  

We had about three inches of snow accumulating through the morning, but it turned to sleet and most is gone now. It got up to 2 degrees or so, but ice forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Plenty snow on the hills on t'other side of Glasgow, and plenty further north/ north east of course, where it's been gale force winds etc., and the Borders has had a battering too. Winter weather, but we've not had much of it this winter.  

Keep you head down Dove 

Ham on the go for dinner 

what hedging? what benefits?

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 08:04

Good old privet will do the job -although not fully evergreen,  and easy to maintain. You can plant around and in front of it as it's less of an issue re moisture etc.

I'd personally have Beech or Hornbeam as it can be kept very neat, retains it's foliage over winter, doesn't cause problems with moisture, and you can plant in front or  around it. Useful for sheltering wildlife too 

A mix of berrying hedging is the best for wildlife, but perhaps not really the most suitable for the OP. 

The bare root season is almost over, so you'll need to get in quick! I've used Hopes Grove Nusery several times and they've always been excellent. 

Gunnera in a bath

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 07:56

I'd agree with Dove - you want some holes slightly higher than the base so that there's some water held in the bottom.

The single 'plughole' wouldn't be enough  

If it's a typical, old style enamelled bath - drilling holes might be tricky though. Plastic ones as well - they'll tend to shatter if you're not really careful. Attaching masking tape at the points where you drill the holes will help. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 07:48

Morning all/afties Pat 

Just  started snowing here Joyce. Think LP will be getting more at the moment where she is.  We've not to get that much anyway - 2 or 3 inches. Wet and windy overnight but nothing out of the ordinary.

Was  he wanting a hot drink Dove ? 

Want to plant fairy garden in pot

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 21:05

The little sedums and houseleeks (sempervivums)  are the usual subjects for that type of thing. They need very little maintenance. Usually very easy to source as well  

Depending on how you intend planting the pot, many of the smaller Alpines are quite good.

Is the pot broken? Normally they work really well - pot laid on it's side. I've done that with my girls when they were little. You can make it like a little house and they can add bits and pieces to it like little figures and shells etc., and you can use rocks and pebbles to make steps for different levels.

Think hydrangea is dead

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 21:00

I'd agree with Obelixx. If it's a goner - see it as an opportunity for a new start - in more ways than one, Metalmama. 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 20:55

Forgot to add a pic - snowdrops doing their thing at long last  

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 20:44

Lovely frits Iamweedy.  I'm always intending to get some of those 

That will be beautiful when it all spreads and you get really good coverage LP. 

Hi Cloggie- yes, the reticulata Irises don't usually have a very long lifespan. If you get three or four years out of them, that's pretty average. Mine are in pots and each pot has fewer flowers than last year and the year before, so it doesn't look good. I'll probably put them into a border after flowering and just let them get on with it there, and then I'll buy more bulbs in autumn for the pots. If they're planted in a border, it doesn't matter quite so much if you have fewer flowers year on year, but in a pot it's a bit more of an issue.

I love them because they flower so early and provide a nice burst of colour.  They're usually earlier than the crocus and so trouble free  

Need help in identifying plants

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 20:31

Close ups and from a distance - that will help with an ID 

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