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Summer house discussion

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 12:10

nut - that's just too gorgeous for words. I'd happily live in that 

That's a real feature glily. A little home from home  

I think if you make it attractive - you'd make use of it. It's whether you can justify the space or not. That's probably the biggest factor. 

can anyone identify this evergreen please?

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 12:04

It looks like a Pieris keenbg - can't enlarge it well enough though. It looks a bit sickly though - what is your soil like?

Gentle advice ... for an old newbie.

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 12:02

Photos will be a big help Andi - and also your basic likes and dislikes 

What time do you have to spend as well - that's a big factor. I don't have the time to spend, so my garden has to work around me.  I have a lot of planting which looks after itself and provides all year round coverage, so that I can add bits and pieces when the mood takes me. Bulbs and evergreens are very useful for that.


Posted: 30/12/2015 at 11:56

Hello all. Frank has been - and seems to have gone - for the moment anyway. No t'interweb till now. Not too much damage here apart from the old side fence which I can sort later if the rain stays off. Thousands without power in the north west highlands and islands, and the north east, and people being evacuated in various areas including beautiful Ballater as the Dee has burst it's banks. Dumfries and the borders bad again too - hope Bushman is ok.  60 flood warnings throughout Scotland. I'm sandwiched in between all the worst areas here so got off lightly.

Hope everyone else is ok and hasn't had too much damage. I'll have to read back now that I'm online.

Pat - how can be people be so careless - do they just not get it? 


Posted: 29/12/2015 at 19:26

That's a lovely message for DD, Hosta - and completely fitting. 

Very sad that you have had that kind of grief too. People can be utterly hideous - especially the ones who should be our supporters.

I have tangerines jo...


Posted: 29/12/2015 at 17:01

Is Hosta well oiled Dove....he never changes.... 

For anyone interested in Dippers - the Loch Lomond programme is currently being repeated on Channel 5 - ( four episodes - second one tonight around 6 pm) It follows a year in the National Park - one episode per season - and there's a little family of dippers which were one of the main attractions 

Soup on here too T'bird. I can't survive without my homemade soup - almost every day 


Posted: 29/12/2015 at 16:25

DD - don't feel you're being silly. It's a very demoralising and wearing situation, and the reason it bothers you is because you care. That says a lot about you 

No jo - nothing of any substance to go up nearby. Bridge of Orchy's about an hour and a  half's drive away - just before you get to Glencoe. Slightly longer today - it's a working day for many so a bit more traffic too. Perhaps after the stormy weather predicted for the next day or two it'll be a bit better  

Crocus are all poking their heads up here W'song. I pruned a clematis back a little recently - like yours,  loads of buds on it.

He must be in labour by now KEF...


Posted: 29/12/2015 at 13:59

Yeh jo - three hours driving for nowt 

The hills will be there for another day though. The rain was lashing and it wasn't for stopping - and that's before you get near the hill. It's the way it is. I'll maybe watch the Agatha Christie thing now - I've seen the first bit.

Should we whisper for KEF do you think? 

DD - re your family - it's none of my business but I can tell how much it hurts you. Being unwell does make it seem worse but - b******s to the lot of 'em if that's how they want to be. We're here for you whenever you need a bit of a lift  

Here's the little Pentlands dipper if you want one  


I should have some lunch now that I've put on goulash for dinner  

Can anyone help identify these shrubs/bushes?

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 13:13

Choisya, Hydrangea and a rose are what I can see - no problems as everyone has said. My question is - who's house is whose, and who owns the bit they're planted on?

If your parents' house is the one on the right - there could be issues with maintenance of the boundary fences or walls. If there's is the one on the left - I wouldn't be too thrilled with that lot right next to my window. 

Just my personal thoughts. 

Newbie Question on Moss

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 13:04

It's my understanding the electric ones rip out all the thatch and moss so you wouldn't need both. The scarifiers also open up the lawn to let air in, but I think it can look a bit scary when you've done it! 

My grass always looks a bit rubbish in winter but a weed and feed in spring, regular mowing and a bit of a spike now and again has it looking pretty good. It does depend how perfect a lawn you want, as has been said. Mine won't win any prizes but it looks nice and healthy through the main part of the year. 

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