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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 10:07

Nice to see you Ggirl. You're always so busy with your pallets! 

Glad the grass is greening up Dove. My front garden is quite soggy but I don't walk on it much anyway so it's not really an issue.

Rain coming in later so I should really go and do some turf lifting forlaying more slabs as path along the front of the 'stension. Not sure my aching body can cope though  

Just looked at the nursery website.  I thought they weren't doing their sale this year - but  they now have 25% off. Hurray - glad I didn't go last week!  

I need a couple of shrubs for the corner and side where I've been busy. I'll try not to spend too much though....

Any guidance?

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 09:49

In pots you can plant the bulbs in more densely than you would in the garden. You'll get a better dispaly that way too. Minnow is a nice little daff 


although that would be 'handy' and would save buying more 

Camera Talk

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 09:44

Not sure I'd have got much in the ruckie either Joyce.... 

the track is of historic interest too, as it's part of Jock's Road which goes right through to Glen Clova. Jock fought for the right to use the old drove road, when the new landowner of Glen Doll estate tried to ban all access. It led to the Scottish Rights of way Act in the late 19th century. 

Has topsoil actually been put under my turf?

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 09:22

Yes - dig up a few bits here and there Lou, and you have some evidence there for the builders, although they'll probably come up with some excuse about the soil  

It's the usual issue with new builds unfortunately. Hope you get some sort of resolution with it though. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 09:18

Not quite lily - although it's still about 12/14 miles walk.

Last time I was there was back in March when the loch was frozen  

Enjoy your decorating - I still have loads to do  

Last edited: 18 September 2016 09:19:15

Which foxglove?

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 09:12

I have Pam's Choice too which is lovely,  and also Snow Thimble which is meant to be smaller, but is huge here with our wet climate and soil. As nut says, your drier conditions will keep them smaller, but you may have to move things if they aren't suitable height wise. Mine seed into lots of different places, including the drier areas where there's gravel. 

It might be worth having some mid height perennials too, to give a better balance. Campanulas are a good suggestion as there are lots of different varieties and sizes.  A couple of evergreens for structure, and support for the taller plants, could also be useful. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 09:04

I had to laugh when I took the car for it's MOT recently. I now have a cushion to stop a numb b*m on long journeys, but the guys must have thought it was because I couldn't get the seat high enough, so they adjusted it and put the cushion on the passenger seat!  

It's surprising just how big a difference it makes if you're not in the right position for any length of time. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 08:57

When you get spawn, they return to the place where they hatch out GD, which is my garden. If not - he'll need a fair few buses to get back....

Yesterday's trip to Tolmount, just beyond Glenshee, on a glorious day. Nice and cool for the long haul along the glen to the hill, but infinitely more attractive than the other approach from the ski-ing hills of Glenshee on the south side

Couple of grouse posed  nicely en route to the loch

Tolmount in the distance (the pointy one in the middle) from the edge of Loch Callater. Little grouse was sitting at the edge ....

Here he is  

Reflection of the hills on the other side of the glassy loch

Tolmount on the left and a first view of Coire Kander on the other side with it's steep north facing crags and waterfalls

Deer along the top of the edge of the coire

Tolmount looks 'pointy' but the summit is on a huge plateau - like most of these hills. Looking south -  Dreish and Meyer (the Glen Doll Munros)  in the distance on the left

Looking east to Broad Cairn, one of the Lochnagar hills

Looking back to Loch Callater with Ben Avon in the distance

Looking up to Coire Kander on the way back. There's a loch in there, but it's not visible from the hill

Looking back from the glen - a short stop for a drink of water 

Another rest (  ) on a little beach near the bothy at the end of the loch. I could do with a few tons of that grit for the garden! 

Tolmount from that spot. I had a lie down in the heather for a while....could have stayed there for hours

Ben Avon, with it's granite tors, from the track back to the car

Cat eating my bulbs

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 08:23

I'd agree with obelixx - squirrels, in particular, love digging up bulbs, especially the small ones like crocus or the little alliums.  Chicken wire is the answer  

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 08:21

That's a good point Dove. I got one of those back supports for the car - a few quid from one of the bargain shops - and it gives my rubbish back great support. I felt I needed it because of the length of  journeys when walking. I did well over 200 miles yesterday, and it does help. It could be something that simple. 

Didn't see you there Lesley. My thighs are objecting right now...

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