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Camera Talk

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 17:51

The calves would have been fairly newly born BL. That pic was taken in early June.

She clearly didn't have her 'post baby bikini body' ready.....  

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 16:06

I've taken photos and  deadheaded the Actea and Japanese Anemones. Does that count? 

Did my buddleias a few weeks ago as the windy weather was breaking branches off. Took the height down to four or five feet and they now have the shelter of the fence for the winter, and cut back all the lower branches as well. 

I found the leaves in bags broke down quite quickly GD. Don't let them dry out though. I used some of mine after about a year or so, but they weren't completely broken down. I mainly used them as a mulch 

Camera Talk

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 16:01

Loads of lovely photos again here  

Love your cow 'friends' obelixx. You posted them before and I forgot to comment. As GD says, hope you will show us lots of before and after pix of the new project.  We had some 'holidaying coos' across the road from my old house. They rented the field from the neighbour for the young 'uns 

The 'Hielan' coos' are always great to see when you're on a walk though. Thes were the youngsters  in Glen Fyne last year 

I read someone's walk report for this hill, and the wife was too scared to go by them, so they went home! They're at the farm at the start of the walk, so that was a wasted day 

Johnny - we're getting the opposite issue here now. Many young people are hillwalking and only taking a phone with them. They're relying on that for photos and their GPS, as well as a phone. They don't take paper maps or use any other method for navigation. Really dangerous. 

Re planting Clematis and Miscanthus Grasses

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 15:50

Hi Jenny - I've just moved a Duchess of Edinburgh to a better spot and she has plenty of new shoots already. It's an ideal time to move anything. Just make sure you water them well first,  get plenty of rootball, and have the new site well prepared before you dig them up. Water them in well  too. It shouldn't be difficult as they've only been in a few months.  I would cut them back before you lift them. I don't know what size or type you have, but mine was an established plant. They ususally aren't too tricky. 

I haven't grown Miscanthus for a long time so can't advise on those.

Camassia bulbs & Allium bulbs

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 20:41

Kind of opposites - sharp drainage and sun for alliums, and moisture retentive soil for Camassias. They can take a bit of shade too.

Mix plenty of rotted manure and grit into the soil where you want the alliums and plant all the bulbs in a hole about three times the depth of the bulb, ie the depth of soil above the bulb should be about twice the depth of the bulb.If they're all being planted in containers rather than directly in the ground, you can use multi purpose compost initially. I'd use a soil based compost for the Camassias though, as compost alone will be a bit lightweight for them. Each year, you'd need to replace some of that soil/compost to replensih the nutrients. 

None of the bulbs will need watering over winter - they'll get enough moisture from the soil. I don't feed bulbs - leaving the foliage to die back naturally is what feeds the bulb for the following year. 

Subscriber Club offers

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 20:26

Ehhhh - it's not any different to any other offer of it's type. It is a lottery - that's the point. First come first served.

However, I would agree that, as many people get their magazine much later  (I certainly did when I subscribed) it would be fairer to have a date which would suit everyone for trying to claim. 

It's a huge assumption that it's staff or their families who are claiming. Not sure how you're arriving at that one Dave...

I'd suggest people who are unhappy about it contact the magazine by using the links at the bottom of the page. This is merely the gardening forum  

Wildlife pond

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 08:09

I have a feeling I got a heavy duty liner but I don't think it was brown on one side. I know I got several things from them but it was about 15 or 16 years ago. My memory won't allow me to remember the detail Lyn  

I know I did it in the summer though, so it was fairly easy to fit.  

Good luck with it all Angi. It'll be brilliant whatever you decide to do. The wildlife will thank you enormously  

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 08:02

Morning all/afties Pat if you're there  

Bake Off was really good - the other two seemed genuinely delighted at the result which I thought was nice. After that meringue, I thought she would be pretty hard to beat. Really lovely programme.

I think the winter 'blues' affects many people - when it becomes more than that, it's a different thing entirely. doc - hope you find the box helps, especially after your recent trip. Hosta - we'll keep you entertained, so don't go away too often...

I suppose I should organise myself fro the salt mine. It doesn't seem to be getting any quieter there really. I still have a week's holiday to take though, so I might try for next week or the week after, before the sky turns the tap on permanently for winter. 

Have a good day everyone, whatever you get up to  

Wildlife pond

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 19:25

Well done on all your hard grafting Angi. I have to admit that if it was me, I'd wait till next year now to do the liner and underlay etc.

I'm in central Scotland and the ground won't dry out here now till next spring. If you have clay (which I'm guessing you do!) it could be an issue if you lay everything now as the ground will be compacted and could crack and shift when it eventually does dry out next year. You'd have to use your own judgement on it though.

The liner is awkward to work with if it's cold, which is the reason for doing it in mild weather. It wouldn't do any harm to get it now, even if you decide to wait till spring to put it in. I've always bought online for them too but it was a long time ago. I think it was Bradshaw's that I used though.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 19:09

I do the same with those little glasses too. 

Forgot to say - those black ladybirds sound like the Harlequin ones fidget. They seem to be quite widespread, although I haven't seen any here.

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