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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 16:30

The buds are gorgeous on it VS. Like big fat plums in the stems 

It likes a sunny spot and soil that doesn't dry out, but I think a full on sunny border could be too much for it - probably south west or west would be perfect. Mine is going in a south facing one, but we have less sun and heat here, and it will have some shade from other planting so it should be fine. It's still in a pot just now. 


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 16:24

That's a cracking expression Yvie! It was exactly that here too  

Of course, it came on while I was concreting in little support posts for the new bed edging...

Some gravel shifted - sore hands and arms now. Think I ordered too much, but better than not having enough I suppose. 

Lovely rock cakes Lesley - thanks very much but what's everyone else having...

Lovely to see you ..briefly..DD. Yes - it will be fine-once you catch up with yourself. We'll all be here to give you sympathy and support whenever you need it xxx 

obelixx - if you look back in, I posted a couple of pix of that Ligularia you fancied on the Garden Pic thread. 

Fidget - perhaps the ballerina was Dutch, not Russian, and they were clogs....

Just saw your post Joyce - it's a technical term...honest!   

Last edited: 30 July 2016 16:26:01

What to do.

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 16:13

Hi Ian, I know it's always difficult when you remove something that's given privacy so you want 'instant', but the problem is, buying large specimens is almost always a waste of money. Smaller plants will establish better, and you'll find in a  couple of years they'll have caught up with, and probably overtaken the big ones. It's something that gets asked frequently here on the forum. 

It's also coming up to bare root season, when you can buy hedging cheaply, assuming you want a new hedge. Bare root is very economic, especially when you have a long boundary to fill. If you take a look at some of the specialist online growers, you'll see how much variety there is. I've used Hopes Grove several times, but there are lots. 

Alternatively, it's a fence of some kind and climbers to cover it, if you'd prefer that. Things like Clematis montana will cover a big expanse of fence fairly quickly once established. However, nothing will give instant privacy.

I've also used Buddleia to get something quick growing along part of my boundary - they can be useful while other planting grows, and they don't need much care or attention. 


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 16:06

I just have folds in my clothes....oh, and my body... 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 16:04

When did chicky move Down Under?.... 

Cracking pix peeps. 

Took one or two of my Ligularia as it's just starting to flower.

This is the one obelixx was interested in, so if you're looking in obe  - it's multi-headed so it looks really good once the flowers all get going. The bees love it as you can see 

More of a gold/orange than a Montbretia orange, if that makes sense. The buds are quite dark which I think you can see in the second pic.Only drawback for me is that slugs love the foliage, but it's big and plentiful so it's not really an issue.



Posted: 30/07/2016 at 12:28

As it's in a pot, you can plant it anytime Laurence. The only times it's not a good idea is when ground's frozen or waterlogged. Hopefully you don't have either of those!  


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 12:25

Think if Hosta was on the telly, he might get censored quite a bit Wonks...

Sky was black on the north side of the house, but still reasonably bright at the other side when I came in for a cuppa. If Joyce has rain, I should get it soon. It was spitting slightly...  


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 12:13

They need the Munro piper M.Up. He takes his bagpipes to the top of the hill and plays, so he has plenty of puff.  He's quite famous now.

I had my fill of Agricultural shows when I produced ponies. Don't miss it at all. You couldn't pay me enough to go to them now -  just make the rosettes instead    We don't do Turiff though. Weather's supposed to be a bit better in the next couple of days further north, but I'm back at work. Was looking longingly at some hills as well...

Had to have a break from shovelling. The old wrists aren't what they used to be 

Braemar gathering is quite soon Pp - you could always come over and go to that. Plenty of big men in kilts   

Camera Talk

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 10:32

Liri - it's ok - I have strong teeth...

We have a programme up here called Landward which is the Scottish equivalent of Countryfile. There was a good item recently about the resident ecologist  at the Mar Lodge Estate. She studies them and films leks. It was really good  


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 10:19

'if he asks for a double entendre, I'd give him one'....

 Hosta - he only wanted a double entendre, you don't have to ...oh, I see what you mean.... 

Bit cooler here too Pp so I'm about to head out and shift gravel...hope someone will have cake for me later or some sort of reward  

I'm more sore today after working in the garden yesterday than I am after doing hills. Must be my age...

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