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Bird ID please

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 08:13

Meadow pipits look like this Obs 

Long tailed tits are usually in small flocks and are very distinctive. Small round fluffy bodies. Their tails don't really 'wag' but they wave a bit, only of the way they move and feed. Gorgeous little things.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 08:06

Morning all/afties Pat - if you're there, I haven't looked back - too  much reading!

Hope anyone who's still a bit 'lurgy laden' , or generally low,  is a bit better today 

Nice here yesterday although the noisy wind woke me at 6 as it was quite brisk. Temps weren't the dizzy heights of those in the south though, but I did get some washing almost dried outside in the wind 

Cloudy today but dry for now - and it's to be ok tomorrow apart from early fog and rain, so I might get out somewhere.

LP - the best weather has been during the week while I'm at work - which is highly frustrating. Inverary is lovely.

Better go and organise myself - Friday already  -  so will catch up with you all later. 

Have a grand day 

Choosing position for Acer Dissectum in container.

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 07:59

It's actually lack of moisture at certain times of year (mainly spring and summer)  that causes leaves to frazzle at the ends, so make sure it doesn't dry out - that's the single most important thing. 

They're best in dappled shade too. Like Camellias - early morning sun after frost can be an issue, so shelter it from that sort of position - other planting, walls and fences etc will do that. It's the  of the prevailing wind that matters, so look at the various areas in your garden and choose the best one according to your own site. Wind can be drying as well as damaging so take that into account. Just saying east or west etc can be misleading, as you can create the right area for an acer in any garden and in any aspect. 

They're perfectly happy in sunnier spots if they have those prime requirements. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 08:02

Morning all/afties Pat

Rain has stopped now and  lots of cloud, but when I opened the bedroom curtains there was a lovely sky with shafts of sunlight escaping from the clouds. Took a pic but will have to wait till batteries charge in the mouse to do them. I'm always expecting a 'hand' to appear out of a sky like that, if you know what I mean. Or is that just me?  

I often open the forum page in a separate tab so that I can turn back pages on that for doing a reply. I don't always have time in the mornings though.

LP- I'd have thought you could do Camellias no problem - in your walled garden perhaps? They'd have shelter there from the early morning frosts etc. Or do you not have room there? We have several at work in my employers' garden, and that's at 600 feet. There's one shrub which isn't particularly sheltered either - just at the front where we park.  

Dove saw the hares not me - I only mentioned the hill ones   

Obelixx - I have loads of little hellebore babies which have seeded into the path and round the main plant. I intend transplanting some as soon as they grow a little bit, but perhaps Ia few tiny ones would be cheap to send if they were any use to you. No idea what colour they'll be but the parent is very dark purple and I only had a few whites so I think they should be  a good colour. Let me know if you're interested - or if it's possible to send them there? 

Quikc look round now before I head off and see what new challenges await me at work...

Have a good day everyone 

Eleagnus Limelight or Euonymous Bravo

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 18:45

Each to their own Verdun. I've bought Limelight (again)  for a boundary in this garden, having had it in a previous one   

I've never found them prickly - perhaps we're just tougher up here....

Eleagnus Limelight or Euonymous Bravo

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 18:12

Eleagnus are bigger than Euonymous, as a general rule, both in height and foliage size. Euonymous form rough mounds if planted in a border, but they will grow 'up' a fence if planted against one.

I'm not familiar with that variety, but if you want something to block the fence, I'd choose the Eleagnus. If the ground's a bit dry, get some well rotted manure into the hole you plant into, water really well after planting and mulch afterwards. Keep well watered until established. It may not be as happy with the shade as the Euon. but on the whole, they cope with a fair amount of shade.

Euonymous do tend to revert sometimes - you just have to be vigilant and remove those green leaves/stems when you see them. 

Is buying plugs cheating?

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 18:05

As T'bird says, it's not really about what you buy - it's what you do with them  after that, that counts. Plug plants need a bit of care before putting in the ground - especially at this time of year. They're too small and vulnerable and can struggle to thrive - often getting eaten by slugs and snails etc. before they grow at all. 

The biggest factors are your location/climate and timing.  If I bought anything small just now, be it plugs or plants in small pots,  they wouldn't grow much in the  next month or so. If  I bought the same sized items in late April or May - that would be different. Soil warmth is one of the main issues and it takes a long time here to warm up.

If in doubt, err on the cautious side. Let plants grow on a little longer before planting out - whether it's seedlings, plugs or anything else. You'll gradually get a feel for what suits all the  conditions in your garden  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 17:51
Topbird says:

OH is under strict instructions to only wake me for 2 things - snow or kittens - preferably together to get it over with

See original post


Know what you mean about nice weather overriding how you feel too. Difficult when things need done- especially at this time of year. Hope you're a bit better tomorrow.

I don't think anyone intentionally ignores anyone else here SGL. It's difficult to remember everything you read. I've intended responding to a couple of things that I've just read now - and I've already forgotten what they were.... 

I often do the same as Liri and respond to the most recent posts - it would take me ages to read everything here  when I've only been at work for the day. It can get to a fair old number of pages! I'm usually considering the dinner and umpteen other things all at the same time too 

Obelixx - having no leccy is a pain, so it's good you're switched back on. I suppose we get so used to having it that we take it for granted. You've had such a lot on your plate - you'll need a holiday on LP's island  

Lovely to see the hares, Dove. I only see mountain hares, but the issue this winter has been the lack of snow for them in their white coats. There'll be lots of vulnerable ones again just now. 

No sun here PPam - we had spring on Sunday and yesterday, but it's back to horrible, dank manky usual stuff  today!  Been a very dry winter here too. Not used to it. 

Fixing trellis to walls

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 08:10

Ooh - I do that too Hosta. Must look better - wasn't even aware I did it!  

Fixing trellis to walls

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 08:05

Usually, you fix a batten to the wall - holes and rawlplugs - and then attach the trellis to that. It allows a bit more of a gap for airflow, and to make it easier to tie in stems, but I've also done it straight on to walls in the way Hosta describes. 

Make sure you have a spirit level too  

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