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Posted: 12/01/2017 at 17:44

It's very easy T'bird - I can't get rid of it - it clearly likes the conditions here!

There's a prostrate rosemary which might suit your conditions GD. Some of the dianthus varieties are very low growing and might be good. Both evergreen and ideal for a sunny spot. There's lots of little saxifrages too. They're nice and straightforward, and spread if they're happy.

I have the prostrate Gaultheria (procumbens)  which is good in semi shade, but needs moisture, so it would depend if you had a suitable spot for it. Evergreen, foliage turns reddish in autumn/winter, little white flowers followed by berries. Not jaggy like the other Gaultherias either. 


Posted: 12/01/2017 at 17:37

That's great pokhim!  

Looking forward to seeing it. Hope you enjoyed the experience and you're happy with the results  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 17:34

fidget - if there had been a manger you could at least have had a lie down...

It's been snowing off and on LP, but it's the low temps which will be an issue. The snow was falling on top of ice which has caused the problems.  It's barely been above zero all day here, and was zero when I came in at 5pm.  M74 was bad according to the radio reports. I don't need to use the M77 fortunately. You'll possibly be on your way by now and not able to read any of this though! Hope it all goes brilliantly  

Thank goodness you got the engineer Joyce. Hope you don't get much more snow, but the temps are low so you need the heating working! I've been out knocking the snow off the phormiums and hebes and other evergreens. Won't be great if it all freezes on, and I don't want it breaking any vulnerable branches and stems with the weight. 

Spag bol and/or roast chicken leftovers for dinner.  

I haven't had any long tailed tits here (yet)  obelixx but I'm really hoping they appear at some point. Don't really have the right sort of trees in this garden for a treecreeper, but the conifer and pine are providing cover for the nutties, so I can't complain! I also saw a chaffinch yesterday. That's the first one I've seen in this garden, yet round the corner, there were more of them than anything else. 

Big garden bird watch 2017

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 12:39

Do it every year.  Easy to do online too,  if you don't want to bother with ordering anything. 

Hope my new visitors, the pair of nuthatches, will appear on the day.  They've been visiting regularly in the last month or two  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 12:35

Afties all - no pooter this morning as it was 'updating'  

Anyway, it gave me time to clear the snow and ice off the car, and feed the birds earlier than usual. The blackie was sitting on the fence in the dark looking hopefully at the house. Nuthatches are enoying the restaurant regularly which is great. We haven't had too much snow(yet) - an inch or two, but it fell on ice so the side roads were interesting! The drivers who don't know how to drive in it are the biggest problem though  

Snowing on and off all morning but a bit of watery sun has helped. It'll have given you a bit of practice for your journey LP   

Hope you get a decent kitchen Obelixx. Pricey, but worth it if you're going to be there forever, so to speak. You can get it suited exactly for you and your needs. 

To buy or not to buy ???

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 20:04

Hardy geraniums are just that Shazza - hardy , so no need to put them anywhere inside.

As Joyce says - pot up and put them somewhere sheltered - ie tucked in against the house wall, or against a fence  out of the worst of the elements to let them get accustomed to your location. They may have been grown in a protected environment so, unless you know they haven't, it's a bit of insurance. Once they've grown on a bit and have established, you can plant out. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 19:57

Evening all. 

Clari - don't be a martyr. If they don't have a back up, it's not your fault. These things happen, and if there's no contingency plan, that's their issue and they'll have to cancel any visits. As has been said, they may cancel anyway due to weather, but that's beside the point. You need to look after yourself 

Hope OH doesn't have too much trouble getting back fidget. Lots of ferries cancelled up here, and all the bridges were closed. Think many still are. Don't get me started on that idiot who crossed the F.R. bridge after it had been closed and has caused major complications for everyone across there all day. The r***y lorry's still there too because they can't remove it till the wind subsides. He's been charged with dangerous driving - quite right too. Clown. 

Like the vultures Hosta. They get a bad press which is a bit of a shame. They do an important job so much of the time - apart from entertaining holidaymakers of course 

You're about 30 degrees more than here then. It was 2 when I cam in just after 5pm. We've had every type of weather today - leaden skies, lovely black clouds, a bit of sun now and again, and sleet/hail/snow showers   

Why don't the birds visit my feeder?

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 08:04

Whatever else you feed, don't put bread out wakeshine. It's really bad for birds, and all it does is attract the 'riff raff'  

The wild seed mixes are often bulked out with wheat as well which is the big pigeon attracter.  A no mess mix is great because even if there are bits and pieces which don't get eaten, there's hardly any sprouting in among your plants and on paths and grass.  No messy sunflower husks either, so you get more actual food for the weight.

There's usually a good proportion of sunflower hearts in the no mess mixes as well,  but I add a bag to mix in with it. 

If you can use a cage of some kind for a hanging feeder - you can buy them - it prevents the bigger birds and squirrels nicking everything and lets the little birds get some grub 

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Overwintering container plants

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 07:58

I tuck pots against walls - I don't have time to faff with fleece and bubblewrap! Everything survives up here without any problem, even if we have a week of sub zero temps.

I thnk it's quite surprising just how much cold some plants will take - a lot more than most people realise. It's waterlogged plants that are at more risk of freezing. Make sure the drainage is right and you'll have no issues with that. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 07:53

Monring all/afties Pat - I don't envy you that heat either. I don't function too well at temps over about 20. Just as well I live in Scotland - our average summer temp is below that! 

I have experienced 40 degrees - in Florence. I couldn't live there, beautiful though it is. I'd hardly be able to go outside 

No danger of that today here anyway.  Horrible night - wind kept me awake and it's lashing rain now. Snow to come tonight. Oh well - that's winter. 

Hope there's no trees down round here  Clari  - tthere's a tree lined minor road to negotiate when I leave the house. Think most of the dodgy ones all came down in the last wild spell just before Christmas. At least I don't normally cross the Forth Road Bridge on my commute - lorry flipped through the night so it'll be closed most of the morning.

Have you got several pots earmarked chicky? 

I watched the Monty prog last night too. I quite enjoyed it. That wall was beautifully done. I can understand how that woman found it difficult though, even if she was a bit irritating. Going from one extreme to another in terms of her space, and in the circumstances. I hope she enjoys what she's created. The young couple's plot was lovely. very stylish and ideal for them all. They worked very hard to achieve it too.

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