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Posted: 14/01/2017 at 18:27

I just take off any damaged leaves, but I only have a few so it's not too tricky.

I have Blue Lady which flowers pretty much all year round. It's got a load of new buds just now as well as older flowers. I'll probably take those off.

Goregeous photo Marion 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 18:23

Is that the one which is sometimes pink and blue on the same flower Joyce?

A little taster of the views today - before I got up in the clag

Lou'ring sky, but a clear view down Glen Kinglas with the Tyndrum hills beyond 

Big garden bird watch 2017

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 18:10

I know who's hogging all the grub here....

fat little b****r!   

Non flowering Viburnum

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 17:44

I'd swear at it... 

They sometimes take a while to settle in, especially if they've been small at the time of planting, but that does seem a very long time!

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 17:38

These things are so sad Dove. You can't really legislate for it. 

I really didn't think you got Pulmonarias that colour Joyce. Nice little glimpse of spring 

I looked at my snowdrops the other day Dove - after you mentioning them. They're tiny little nubs showing through .

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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 16:40

Hello all - back from the hill - snowy but fine BL  

Weather was lovely on the way there, and Ben Lomond was shining bright and white as I passed, with people out canoeing on the loch. The clag was down at about 2,000 feet or so on the hill I was on, so no views after that. I did get some nice icicles...pix I mean, not hanging from my nose  

I can't remember what you've all been saying now   

Kangaroo meat, snowdrops showing, golf courses, flooding and a petition. I will sign that too

Have to agree with you re the housing on stilts Obelixx. I was just saying that yesterday at work. Why do we keep allowing building on floodwater sites too? If they used the stilt method I could understand, but they just whack on the paving and shove up  a load of houses. I think councils will allow almost anything if the money's right   

The emergency services are damned if they do and damned if they don't. Can you imaging the stooshie if they'd just said 'Aye it's all fine' and then hundreds of people needed rescuing from their ruined homes. 

Better go and have a shower now that I've had a cuppa. Perhaps some soup too 

How to deal with Leylandii hedge behind a border?

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 08:25


If you don't want to take it out - and I can understand that - you don't have many choices left.

However, you could bite the bullet, remove it and replace with a basic fence (posts and chicken wire to form a barrier to keep dogs in) and a hedge which can be kept tighter - like beech or hornbeam, or you could hack back to the trunks and attach chicken wire and grow ivy on it like a hedge. That will give you the green background to the border. You won't kill the lleylandii doing that either. Easier to keep trimmed tight and to the height you want, and the trunks will be even more robust then fence posts. I'd agree that trying to camouflage dead trunks is never great, but that would be better as you'd have no 'brown' period through the year. There's a house near me which has had an ivy fence for over twenty years. I know people will disagree with me about it, and complain about fences getting overloaded with ivy etc, but if it's correctly maintained on a sound structure it lasts for a very long time. It's only an issue if the fence/support  is dodgy to start with. 

Big garden bird watch 2017

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 08:10

GD - I buy a separate bag of sunflower hearts and add them to the no mess mix. The little birds chuck out what they don't like from the feeder and all the ground feeders snaffle that up. The nuthatches, in particular, are quite fussy, but everyone's a winner!

All the birds seem to like the hearts so it's definitely worth getting them to add to what you have 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 08:06

Hosta - Silly boy!  

Morning all/afties Pat. I'd have thought kangaroo would be a bit ...chewy. Not sure why. I expect it's lean like Venison. 

Off soon to see what the hills are like. They're snowy ....but apart from that. You know what I mean  

I covered the car at 6 last night and it was already sparkly on the roof. The frozen snow had come off it during the day so it was damp. I'm hoping it won't need too much scraping. Not sure how good any minor roads will be so I'll stick to the local hills at Rest and be Thankful today instead of Lochgoilhead where I intended going. It's a dodgy wee road down there! 

Keep warm and dry everyone. Hosta and Pat will be anyway 

Have a good day 

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 18:26

They're certainly resident here Sheps. I've probably just never been in the right area to see them. 

Quite similar to the Meadow Pipits which are all over the hills. They're really common up there. 

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