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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 13:05

Nice to see you doc - has your snow gone or is it lingering?

I'm going to do a bit of pruning after lunch. Been to cemetery - took some hellebores which were looking pretty. The little clump of snowdrops graveside were out - they've survived despite the dry ground under the conifers there. Mine are only just out here - they've been slightly slower than usual but not much I reckon.

Stick with it Hosta - it'll get better eventually. It can be a vicious circle.

Yvie - that's way too much like hard work for today, although I did dishes and a washing and cleaned the loo before I got my Mother's Day prezzie 

Lovely flowers, a funny card and some jelly beans, and dinner made as well. What's not to like... 

Camera Talk

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 12:58

Plenty of layers BL...base, two fleeces and a top layer for the wind chill 

You do love  a tinker David, don't you?  

They were all facing me, wary at first of course, but by the time I got the camera out they were getting ready to shift! B*****s  

This one might be better - I'v cropped it a bit - tinker away 



Seed Bed?

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 09:53

Planning can be a lot of fun Steven 

Camera Talk

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 09:52


It probably wasn't more than about minus 6 or 7 on the top of Bhreac. Not high enough for it be really cold. You're on the move all the time too - except when taking photos!

It was very pleasant down in the lower slopes when you got some shelter from the wind too. Bit boggy - but my trousers are soaking in the bucket to get the peaty muck off. It will be a lot worse in another month when the melt comes down, and the inevitable spring rain.

Propagators, is it worth it?

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 09:48

The short answer is - you need a greenhouse to move things into. 

The plastic ones offer very little protection in our northern climate Stephanie. It's why I don't sow anything too early, and I don't sow much. 

If you're living in a more benign, southerly climate where the season's longer, they're not so bad.  Up here, you definitely need a greenhouse if you sow lots of stuff. If you're at height, like B'cupdays,  the same applies, as she has said. You have to work with your own conditions  

Camera Talk

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 09:39

I'm always happy for you to tinker David...  

I have to admit I mainly use the auto adjust, because I'd spend as long fiddling with the pix as I do walking! 

Couple more - looking north-ish up Loch Lomond with Ben Vorlich on the left, the Crianlarich hills and some of the Tyndrum and Orchy ones as well in the background


and the good old Cobbler  from the second summit



Camelia cuttings

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 09:17

I'm a sneaky old fairy Verd  

Camera Talk

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 09:16

I always appreciate your comments David. You've helped me use my camera better too. It's not always easy to structure shots when you're up there - the wind can make it very tricky and you can't take your gloves off for long. Many of the views are similar to last week's as those two hills are part of a circuit. I dropped down to the valley and skirted round the bottom of the hill I did last week. 

No bum sliding though - too rocky on the best bits...

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 08:55

Nice to 'see' you again David. Wondered why you suddenly disappeared! 

Hoping to get something done later if the ground thaws, but it's mainly clearing and tidying up a bit. Seed sowing soon for me too hollie  

Camelia cuttings

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 08:53

They don't like to be dry Joob - especially in late summer when the new buds are forming. Keep it well watered and add a mulch if that's the case. A tomato food will help with flowering or simply improving the soil round them with  B,F and Bone.

I think they also layer well Dave, although I've never tried that.  

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