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Evergreen climber?

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 17:24

Just a thought  re clematis. That one I mentioned flowers early of course, and then you get the seedheads. In late spring  you could stick some sweet peas in at the base if the notion took you. Then you'd have flowers/interest from late winter onwards,  for not much effort  

ID please

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 17:20

No idea Jackie but this will bump the thread up and someone else might be able to help. 

It does look vaguely familiar though, but as I don't like pale blue flowers, it's not likely I'd  know it  

Mice and sweet peas

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 17:10

Little b*****s 

It would depend what you're growing the seeds in too, but if you have propagators with lids you could use those. The mesh would have to be fine I expect. They can squeeze through such tiny holes! I have a couple of old windows to make a cold frame with - something like that, or a sheet of perspex would be ideal. 

Of course - you could always set traps for the mice - cheaper in the long run 

Evergreen climber?

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 17:06

Caught me on the hop there Steve! Couldn't name you a particular variety, but I know they can be trained up a wall - same as Euonymous. Probably some of the bigger types like Lacteus would fit the bill  

Evergreen climber?

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 16:59

Jo - Steve's OH hates Pyracantha 

Quite  a few of the smaller clematis are evergreen. I have Constance which has been virtually evergreen here. No berries of course - but the seedheads are gorgeous. Deep pink  open bell flowers, no pruning. Same aspect as you'd have. 

Boring old Cotoneaster - some of them look stunning grown against a wall. 

Mice and sweet peas

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 16:50

Usually seeds for mice and slugs and snails for the nice new growth 

If you're sure it's mice - try putting some mesh or a piece of clear plastic over the top to stop them getting in, and remove once they're coming through. 


Posted: 27/09/2015 at 16:43

Hello all - home from the hill and having a cuppa and a catch up before a shower 

Short day,  very cloudy from half way Lesley   and it cleared when I was on the way back gotta love the timing of the Scottish weather  

Good walk though. Cloud came in and out so I got some pix, mostly on the way back down, but would've been nice to get a clearer day for the views. Lots of crags, exposure and a steep ascent, but a good path and no jokes please 

Lesley - it's cruel - but you're right - it's hard not to laugh! 

Verd - keep up love - we were talking about the supermoon last night on 'ere 

weedy compost

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 08:14

If the compost's weedy it's probably just not been hot enough. I'd add the shreddings to the compost heap too and let them break down. Your compost also needs to be damp so it may have dried out too much and therefore not have got going as well as it should.  

I'd only tend to use woody shreddings as mulch, but others may feel differently. It depends where you're using them too - they may not look very pretty, so it's down to aesthetics more than anything. 

This winter

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 08:02

It's snow joke obelixx.... 

I looked out our rear windows the other day - blue sky, bright, some fluffy clouds,not too many grey ones. Out the front window - the big bank of black clouds looming!

I love a cloud inversion - that's a great experience - up on a hill and looking down on a bed of marshmallow 

We don't get the amount of snow we used to get. I can remember during Jan/Feb, when we get most of our snowfall, we regularly had to dig our way through to the stable doors just to feed horses and ponies. That was fun 


Posted: 27/09/2015 at 07:56

Morning all. Think it may have been a touch frosty last night - pretty cold anyway - lots of condensation on the windows. 

Re the supermoon conversation last night, the moon phase is apparently 'waxing gibbous' - no idea what that means but it sounds great 

Off to walk up past Arrochar later after going to the cemetery. Just a hill today - 50 feet short of a mountain  Weather's looking good for it - that YR forecast was off for yesterday Pat - Met office one looking like the most accurate 

Some of that painkilling gel can be quite good Dove - I use it a lot  

Has anyone watched the Patagonia - Earth's Secret Paradise prog? It was on Friday night - utterly breathtaking. Catch it if you can 

Off to see what I've missed and get my breakfast. 


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