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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 20:32

Wonks - the freedom it gives you is incalculable. Virtually impossible for me to hillwalk without a car. 'Me' time when I'm driving! 

Clear air and peace. Just perfect. 

I spent a bit of time sitting by the loch today, where Callater Lodge is. There's a plaque on the door dedicated to a Stan Tennant. Underneath it just says 'he loved this place'.  I couldn't disagree with that statement when this is the view 



Advice on pruning cotinus smoke tree for new garden

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 20:10

They can be pruned back quite hard usually. How big is it mo? You might want to do it in stages, just to be on the safe side if it's really big.

Pruning encourages the colourful foliage too 

Cut back crocosmia?

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 20:04

I think I would Craigh - it would normally die back, as you say,  and then produce it's new shoots from the debris. Just be careful not to catch the new growth  


spring things

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 19:38

I love them  - they grow very well here in moist, well drained soil. A bit of sun if possible, although they also take a little shade no problem. Mine are only just getting their fuzzy buds just now.

Snowdrops still in flower - they've only been out the last few weeks


Loads of crocus, some Hellebores, but too early for daffs yet here. 

Clothing a blank fence

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 19:30

There are larger Gaultherias too - they're shrubby specimens. Nice berries on them too. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 19:25

Great walk Hosta thanks. Not the most exciting hill - a high level traverse really the length of the glen - but great views across to the northern and western Cairngorms, some of the  Glenshee hills, and the back end of the Lochnagar hills.  Got some nice ones of the loch  - it's still quite frozen. I couldn't resist and did a little stone skimming.....bit of a cheat when it's frozen though!  

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 18:51

Seeds for me  tomorrow too Hosta, although I might try to cut the grass as it's been dry here recently and it's needing attention now. 


Clothing a blank fence

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 18:49

How about Euonymous?  It will grow up against a fence or wall if planted at the foot.

I have several panels along the back of my garden - north west facing. I have ivy on some of it, but I have a very narrow raised border against the fence which I've planted with all sorts of other things including taller evergreens - Lonicera nitida, Euonymous and Osmanthus, low growing evergreens - Gaultheria procumbens, Heucheras, Carexes and Pachysandra, plus perennials - Astilbes and Japanese Anemones. There are bulbs for spring too. It means I have colour all year round. 

What's the secret to raising strong tomato plants?

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 18:16

Treat 'em mean and keep 'em keen 8000wf  

The theory is to let them 'suffer' a little bit and then they'll do what annuals do when under stress - produce flowers, and therefore fruit, in order to reproduce   

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 18:13

Evening all. Naughty Hosta    How lovely to have your own wheels Wonks - have lots of fun getting out and about  

Had a smashing day out and now need a shower and summat to eat. 

A  glorious blue sky day with great views so a plethora of pix taken, especially of frozen Loch Callater.  Grouse everywhere - they always give me a fright when they whirr up out the heather   and the mountain hares still have their winter coats on. Unfortunately there's a lot of snow melt so it makes them a bit vulnerable. 

I will now have a look round, complete with a cuppa, to see what you've been up to 


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