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The Highlands

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:29

Snow can fall in the highlands at any time between October and May. It was snowing heavily in the Cairngorms last week.   Obviously, at lower levels there's less, but that doesn't mean it doesn't fall. Soil conditions will vary from area to area, as they do anywhere else too. 

Working with the conditions you have is important. Frilly, fussy plants are out unless you create a micro climate, but the biggest issue in a large part of Scotland is the shorter season -  it takes longer for spring to arrive, so soil is wet and cold for a long time,  and winter comes in October . Temperatures  stay low for a long time, and night time temps in particular mean that some plants will do less well simply because they don't get prolonged warmth, even in summer. 

It's pretty much trial and error in the north, but that doesn't mean you can't create a nice garden. 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 12:52

Glad you're around doc and Hosta. Think the last unread post function is missed on this thread most of all! 

I don't bother with the email notifications. It's always annoyed me    I just look at the first couple of pages of threads or the ones I've commented on. As for PMs - I just look  every other time I'm on. Works well enough for me and saves the in box being clogged! 

Gorgeous day here - have to go back to work now though. It's all wrong though when you have to put more clothing on going into work than when you come outside  

Sweet peas are growing though and I'll hopefully be able to plant them somewhere soon.

Is it worth removing dandelions from a lawn?

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 12:37

I'm with you on this one Verd. I like my grass green and I have plenty of suitable plants for wildlife. There are miles and miles of hedgerows and verges  round here where they can do what they want!  

The man across the road leaves his tiny front garden to become a total mess. with them.  It looks dreadful and makes the neighbourhood look scruffy. Everyone else keeps their gardens tidy.  If you're in a residential area with gardens close to each other, I think you have a responsibilty to keep the place neat. I think nothing looks worse than a sea of dandelions seeding everywhere. 

Perhaps we could start a revolution Verd.....

Need advice screening neighbor trampoline

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 08:12

I really sympathise here tammy. I think you should need planning permission for those ruddy things  - you need it for treehouses after all.

Bamboo can be invasive - although if you could aim it so that it runs under the fence and into the trampoline it might be useful! 

'Normal' hedging might be a better bet. Something as ordinary as privet which will grow quite quickly but is easily controlled. It will get to a good height but you can keep it at a neat depth. Hornbeam and Beech will do the same job , and although not evergreen (or semi evergreen like privet ) the foliage remains through winter if kept at around 10 to 12 feet high. 

I expect you'll get a few more suggestions. If you can give any extra info - length you want to plant up for instance - that will help too. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 07:58

B'cup - thought it was only me who forgets the name of something I grow!   

GD - I think the cistus  would be fine but you may just have to stake well early on. They probably get big with your climate. Perhaps start a thread and you'll get help from others here who grow them successfully. I've never grown them - totally pointless up here in our conditions! 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 07:53

Morning all/afties Pat. Glorious day here but work beckons. Still, it means the outdoor building work can crack on and less damage to the grass. 

That's terrible news BL - and horrible that you heard it on your open day, which must have made it more stressful for you. Sending a big hug from the Fairies.

An unpleasant memory for you too Keen. So hard to accept something so unexpected. Not surprised you still have a vivid recall of it. 

Lovely auricula chicky. It would make me smile too. I'll have to enjoy everyone else's pix just now until the team sort out the photo problem!  My snow bunting photos from Saturday have turned out well so I'll share them as soon as I can post them.

Hope all goes well today Dove. It's a difficult thing to do. I remember my sister saying that she reckoned all the organising and planning you have to do for a funeral is a ploy to help deal with the grief. She might be right. 

Quick look round now before I go to t'mill. 

Have a good day everyone 

Shrub and tree identification

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 20:44

Yes - smoke bush ppauper. Looks like that to me too.

It's a sturdy specimen 

New Forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 20:36

Can I have sparkly water archie?  

What is this Clematis

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 20:22

Richard - this is a problem a few people are having with the new forum. Ironically, I can see everyone else's pix but can't post any of my own!

I think someone else had the same issue and has let the tech team know, but you could report it on the thread entitled 'Your new-look forum' to make sure. Daniel has been helping everyone today and the issues and glitches are being addressed. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 20:19

LeadF - I can't post photos at all now! I flagged it up with Daniel today and he told me to fill in the online form on the supportdetails .com site. If you take a look on the thread 'Your new-look forum' you'll see an image of what it looks like in his reply to me earlier today  

1st one is a tree peony Gd. 2nd is a Brugmansia (I think) and the last one is a Cistus - don't know th evariety though.

Don't recognise the 3rd. If you can post it on a separate thread someone will know  

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