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Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 18:47

Lovely to have that little visitor anyway. Hope you get lots more wildlife coming in. 

The pheasants were quite bold at my last house. There was only a few houses nearby - minor B road. The chap across the road fed them and they nested in his garden.  The females sometimes jumped up on the window ledges and pecked on the window  

Freddie on his stroll round

Planting background for pond

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 17:29

I'd get the pond dug first Angi - then think about the planting. You might find you'll want something completely different to what you imagined!

I'd keep the cornus, unless you want more perennials, and maybe grasses to provide cover and colour.

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Hostas starting to go over

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 17:26

I'll give you those two Verd - grudgingly....but you know what I mean about the usual suspects...

I think the problem with heathers is that every other Scottish garden has had then for forty years, so it's having that 'connection' my whole life. The lack of care most of them get too, as Hosta says. 

I'll stick with walking on it on the hills  

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 17:21

Nice one Angi.   There's one  or two down at the river near my work but I'm never round that side now. 

We occasionally get herons round here. We  got them at my last house as we had a large pond with resident fish. They wade, so not an issue if the water's deep. They'll hang about the edges. I had a visiting pheasant when I lived round the corner and we'd just made a pond. She came round every day for a while. We have a N. Trust garden nearby so loads of wildlife there.

During a very wet spell a couple of years ago, I looked out the kitchen window and there was a pair of mallards on a garage roof nearby  

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 17:10

Pretty rubbish here. Vile heavy, sleety rain practically  all afternoon at work (which is just 10 mins up the road) Currently 9 degrees and heating on.  

A pox on you all with your warmth....

Planting a holly bush

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 12:49

Just remember that a shrub of that size will establish less well, Rex. It may shed a fair bit over the next few weeks. Make sure it's well hydrated and mulched  

Hostas starting to go over

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 12:41

Or hacked to blazes by their front doors, Hosta! You can always tell those houses at a distance too- they have the front room lights on all day...

No such thing as a dwarf conifer. 

I don't like roses or heathers  

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 12:34

Steady on Dove...we don't want you having a nose bleed....

Thought I might need an arc earlier. Hideous rain at work all morning. My grass is a sponge -no cutting possible for a very long time with the amount of rain in the last couple of weeks. 

Can't see Mr Spider either....

There's an eco house being built near my work. They now have the green roof on. Musttry and get a pic one day but it's on a horrible corner....all squashed in. Land's expensive here though - people regularly build in their gardens and sell of the house or both houses.  I find it odd that it's an eco house - but there's no room for a garden of any size..

Hostas starting to go over

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 08:12

I did indeed Lantana - that was a couple of weks ago in Glen Callater, nearGlenshee,  on  my way to do Tolmount.  It was a glorious day.  The rest of the photos are on the camera thread.

Loads of grouse there at this time of year as there's loads of heather! 

Do plants need sunlight over winter?

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 08:09

Do you mean cutting back your young plants CraighB? Little 'uns just need to be left for now.

Annuals which are sown at this time of year would get pinched out now and again to prevent them getting leggy, but perennials don't need any care. The foliage will die back, as nut indicates,  and the plants will be dormant soon. 

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