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March 2017

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 18:09

Same as doc - not a lot. Too early and too cold for anything much, other than tidying and a bit of pruning of buddleias and clematis.

We'll still have a lot of frost, snowy, sleety or wet windy weather to come too, so getting ahead of oneself is always a mistake. Experience has taught me that, if nothing else  

Tomatoes - time to sow!

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 18:03

Mine have to be undercover up here, but starting too early is still a waste of time as it's too cold for them to do much growing in spring, even with some protection.  I don't have a proper greenhouse, otherwise I migtht do them a little earlier. Sown in April, they catch up reasonably quickly anyway. 

Designing a colour scheme

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 17:55

Judy - it comes down to personal taste. If you like it bold and bright then go for it. If you like restful, then use plenty of toning foliage, but use contrasting foliage shapes to get variation.

If you're anything like me, your taste will also have changed over the years. Early on, I did the cottagey thing, but it requires a lot of effort and maintenance and I simply don't have time for that. I also no longer like pastel colours. Every garden I've had has been different in size and style, whether I've started from scratch, or developed an existing plot, but I like structure and form so that's always my starting point . 

I need restful, so the predominant colour is green.  It's easy to have different 'feels' to different areas if you use a unifying colour, whether you want a calm, cool look, or a vibrant hot one. I also need plenty of year round colour so there's quite a lot of evergreens. I use purple, white, cream, orange and deep plummy reds and many plants are fairly self sufficient. 

It comes down to a few basics. What do you like or dislike, what time and money do you have to spend, what colours do you hate or love, and what your conditions are.

Work with those and then you can put in the detail as time goes on, and of course, you can change your mind and replace things if you don't like them.... 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 17:27

Evening all - chilly here, three degrees, and sleety snow showers. Hey ho - been bonny today htough and I took some photos earlier which I've just been sorting. Fatty McFatface was on the fence and posed obligingly. Think he was actually hoping for some cheese or something when  he saw me out there 

Dove - I've been doing the same with clematis for all the fences. They're absolutely vital for the garden after all....

Nice big slice for me please Joyce 

I can manage that befre dinner - goulash tootling away in the slow cooker. Young fairylet has been prepping it and doing the washing. Marvellous  

Sounds like you're making plenty of progress, Obelixx, despite all the van men clogging up the drive!

Sounds 'pergola-like' enough  to me Wonks. You go girl  

Whatcha growing on it?

Pruning buddlia

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 17:18

Yes - even here where our season starts later, the buddleias flower well into autumn if deadheaded.

The flowers do get smaller as time goes on Grajean, but the shrub won't flower indefinitely  

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 08:05

I thought that was one of your skinks Pat. Very similar type of creature. Fantastic to have such exotic looking animals around. Nice of him to pose for you too!  

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 08:03

You're right GD - although magpies are quite bold here. A good prickly, dense shrub keeps greedy big birds out too. I had a feeder in a pyracantha which the little ones used, but the bigger ones and squirrels largely kept away from. You just need a carefully positioned access route for your hand to retrieve it....or one of those gadgets which picks litter up, perhaps  

No need for a cutter to make that cage aym - I used the shelves from one of those daft growhouses. They're flimsy enough to bend, and I just made them the size the shelves already are, bending them to shape at cornersand wiring them together. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 07:58

Morning all/afties Pat - have you got your brolly up yet? 

I'm enjoying this lovely cold, frosty spell as it's DRY -  well, apart from the hail showers!  Unfortunately not to last - typical. I was hoping it  would be favourable for the weekend too LG, but the snow's coming back for then.  It's been great weather to walk  all week  

 Can you keep your digits crossed for me Pat? 

That's a nice trip to look forward to chicky. Make sure the camera's charged up 

I didn't get round to the pancakes Obelixx - fluffy, light - or in any way shape or form. It does sound like they're the same or similar.

Slept for Britain last night after the few hours the previous one. 

I'll have a quick look round here befroe I head off. Have a great day everyone.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 19:03

Ooh - I missed that Yvie. Well done - bet you feel great 


I'm slightly flolloped too Dove. The lack of sleep last night is having an effect 

Welcome Iain - I missed that too....


Posted: 01/03/2017 at 18:04

I only grew them last year for the first time GD - not sure why I haven't before! I'm hoping they've seeded around quite a bit, but too early to tell unfortunately. 

I'm going to sow some later this month, or early April. They're so pretty  

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