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Posted: 05/04/2014 at 11:50

Makes you realise they don't live forever doc, doesn't it? It's tough to deal with. I'm lucky mine lived long lives and didn't have to go into a home or have long stays in hospital.

Hope your back's a bit better now.  

Been drawing up my garden plans on a bigger scale this morning. Know what I want but will have to wait for more suitable weather which is always a bit frustrating.

Well, it's that or ironing and hoovering....

The glory of Daffodils

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 11:43

I like to call a spade a spade Tracey 

They all look tremendous Tracey. It just cheers you up on a dull day to see those lovely little trumpets. I don't really like the bog standard common yellow ones, but I still like to cut them and bring them into the house even if I wouldn't actively plant them. On the way to the cemetery last Sunday I have to go through Dumbarton and there are some big open spaces between housing and in fornt of the Police station which are covered in thousands of daffs. It's not the most attractive area, so it just lifts it and makes it something special. 

I really don't like peachy/salmony colours at all. Anywhere - indoors or out. Sorry Mrs G! 

Planting a new trough

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 11:33

I think the firethorn would grow well enough there Kirsty adn , being evergreen, it means you have something there all year round. I'd put a bit of trellis on the wall to give it something to grow against for support and you can then train it into a nice shape. I'd use a soil based compost and make sure it doesn't go short of water, bearing in mind the site, and a mulch will help to stop it drying out. They don't need much in the way of maintenance. Berberis would do the job too but Pyracantha grows well as a wall shrub.

Wall basket plants

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 11:26

HI Nadia. I had a little white Arabis and a Carex 'Evergold' in one when I was in a rented house for a while with just a paved area at the back. I added a green/gold ivy and it looked good all year and flowered on and off right through the winter as well. There's quite a few of these alpine type plants which might do the job equally well. You could maybe try some of the trailing sweet peas which are suitable for hanging baskets. They seem to be quite popular and easy to obtain now - I think my boss had some on her house walls last year. 

Gardening and Chickens

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 11:06


Have you got some roasties and cranberrry to go with that? 


Posted: 05/04/2014 at 11:04

Morning all. Great news Verd. Glad mum's well. 

Another dreich day here and more forecast for tomorrow. No use for painting and putting up trellis and I've sown seed so not much more I can get on with. Grass needs a cut but not possible with all the rain we've had this week. If it could get above 7 or 8 degrees through the day it would help feel more spring like. 

Off for a look at the posts I've missed and see what everyone's up to.


Posted: 04/04/2014 at 15:04


Daughter just showed me this on  t'interweb.  Made me laugh- then I felt so sorry for the blue tit....

I could do with some of those ninja robins to get rid of the fat wood pigeons




Wodehouse competition mistake

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 14:58

Dove had a starring role Steve!   

Black...good or yuck?

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 14:44

They look great with acid green foliage pootler. Alchemilla's good with them too.

 I had a little green heuchera which I'd obtained as a seedling and it looked good with that as well.

Unknown Pest Eating Plant

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 14:42

Vine weevils by the look of the notches. It's the adults which eat the leaves like that but the real damage is done by the grubs which eat the roots. If you google you'll see what the adults look like then you can squish them when you see them!

It's a rather unwell looking Pieris, Dee. They don't like alkaline soil and prefer a bit of shade, so it may need a different location and a feed. Healthier plants can withstand a bit of nibbling. They'll take sun as long as the soil doesn't dry out too much.

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