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Posted: 16/08/2015 at 13:24

That's the name I was looking for fidget! I think Acidanthera is such a lovely word - why do they have to change stuff 

I didn't bother with them last year - probably just as well with this year's weather, but the ones I planted the previous year were good. 

I may need to make pancakes now...

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Posted: 16/08/2015 at 13:17

It's one of those Gladioli - peacock orchids they're known as- I forget the proper name. They're very pretty -  I had some last year. Treat it as an annual really. I didn't bother lifting them so they died a death in our wet weather.


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 13:15

Flolloping sounds good Dove - are you doing it in your new recliner by any chance? 

Congrats with the pix RB 

Daughter is making a pavlova later (sister is visiting tomorrow) - and I now have supplies to make scones as well... I'm going to need another couple of Munros this week never mind one 

What's your tally then doc? 

Good day for washing Lesley - they've been few and far between this year. I need some lunch too. I've just had a banana...will that do? 


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 11:16

Yes - the ground will tend to be dry so that's exactly what you need to look for.  

If you can add some well rotted manure to the planting area it'll help with retaining moisture for anything you plant. A thorough watering and then mulch afterwards. That will give the plants a fighting chance. Then just keep an eye on them to see if they're thriving Helen. It may need a bit of trial and error though.  Best of luck 


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 11:07

The foot of Ben Nevis is probably the best bit Susan ... It's an ugly hill.   

The lochan is lovely though, where you can go round to do it by the arete - I'd love to go back and do it that way sometime.

I had a quick google of Bennachie - looks a nice walk. I didn't do my first Munro till I was 50, so hope for us all yet!  

I really have to go out now - I've run out of milk for tea.  Then it's outside to get a few jobs done. 

Talkback: Growing Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 10:55

Hi Ann - I'd pot them on once they've filled those little pots, and just overwinter them somewhere sheltered to let them get to a decent size for planting out in spring. The cold frame would be ideal. If you're in a sheltered area you might want to try sticking a few out, but they're likely to succumb to the weather before they get sturdy enough. 


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 10:51

There's a dwarf white allium which might do well there Helen. Think it's called Ivory Queen but I'm sure there are others as well. I had it in a previous garden at the edge of a narrow raised bed. It might be tricky to find something that fits the bill exactly for your site. Some of the alpine plants would probably do well enough in that position but they'd get a bit lost. I have small Hebes at the edge of another bed here, but it's raised and has planting which will take less moisture from the surroundings than laurels would. I also get a lot of rain 

This is the Gaultheria. It has small white flowers like a Pieris which then become red berries.



Posted: 16/08/2015 at 10:26

Not decided yet Susan. Would have liked something memorable - like Ben Lui - but that may not be possible as it's a big day for that. You do it with it's neighbouring munro. My feet are still recovering from the bog fests and marathons (literally!) of the last two weekends. No single peaks left within a couple of hours drive either so it's a doubler unless I go much further north 


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 10:21

I think you have to decide how much time you have for maintenance Helen.  I'd be wary of planting anything in front of them unless you're sure you can keep the laurels clipped. Is there any way you can make your borders deeper so that you can have more room for another row of something? If not, I'd look at bulbs mainly for spring and just some low growing ground cover. I have Gaultherias which are happy in shade and poorish soil, although they don't like it too dry which I expect the soil is with the laurels there.  

Hebes prefer a decent amount of light to thrive, although there are lots of small green ones like Emerald globe which might be ok.


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 10:14

No - don't like it  

Will I get you some when I go out?  

If I eat too many of them I'll have to do another walk like last weekend...which I'd rather not! 


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