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Posted: 05/04/2014 at 16:33

KEF - archie will be watching the National  - wonder if he got the winner 

Too miserable here to do much so I've been drawing plans and watching the racing instead. Daughter's made flapjacks so I may have to have another cup of tea...

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 15:31

Pick the right spot first Buzybee. Not too many trees around if possible. You want a location where you'll be able to plant round it to give birds and animals some cover, especially any little froglets which you'll hopefully have. If you can site it where you can also see it in all seasons that's  a big plus. You don't need a pump, just some oxygenators. Once you've dug the hole for it, put it in and backfilled (make sure it's level!) cover the edges with rocks or turf (if it borders your grass) so you don't see the plastic edges. Then you're  ready to go with filling it up and getting some plants in and around it. Lots of people here to offer suggestions for suitable plants so don't be frightened to ask. 

If you can post a few pix of your plot that will help with suggestions too. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 13:04

Lovely John - as always 

Where you been, what you been up to? 

The glory of Daffodils

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 12:50

Triandrus is the term for two or three (or more)  flowers on each stem Tracey 

I have Silver Chimes and Thalia which are both that type. They're scented so it's another reason to plant them. I've got Tresamble this year which I've not tried before. They're a bit shorter so should hopefully be more wind and waterproof 


Posted: 05/04/2014 at 12:00

I'm so sorry about your loss  David, and you're so right. Hospitals can get bad reputations and it's the only thing we hear about. My mum died in a local hospital after having an aneurism. It often gets bad publicity but I can't praise the staff highly enough. The doctor who spoke to my Dad was incredible. How do you tell a man in his late eighties sitting in a wheelchair that his wife of over fifty years isn't going to live? He got down on his knees beside him and held his hand. I'll never forget that.

In time, that care your sister received will be a huge comfort you all David.


Posted: 05/04/2014 at 11:50

Makes you realise they don't live forever doc, doesn't it? It's tough to deal with. I'm lucky mine lived long lives and didn't have to go into a home or have long stays in hospital.

Hope your back's a bit better now.  

Been drawing up my garden plans on a bigger scale this morning. Know what I want but will have to wait for more suitable weather which is always a bit frustrating.

Well, it's that or ironing and hoovering....

The glory of Daffodils

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 11:43

I like to call a spade a spade Tracey 

They all look tremendous Tracey. It just cheers you up on a dull day to see those lovely little trumpets. I don't really like the bog standard common yellow ones, but I still like to cut them and bring them into the house even if I wouldn't actively plant them. On the way to the cemetery last Sunday I have to go through Dumbarton and there are some big open spaces between housing and in fornt of the Police station which are covered in thousands of daffs. It's not the most attractive area, so it just lifts it and makes it something special. 

I really don't like peachy/salmony colours at all. Anywhere - indoors or out. Sorry Mrs G! 

Planting a new trough

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 11:33

I think the firethorn would grow well enough there Kirsty adn , being evergreen, it means you have something there all year round. I'd put a bit of trellis on the wall to give it something to grow against for support and you can then train it into a nice shape. I'd use a soil based compost and make sure it doesn't go short of water, bearing in mind the site, and a mulch will help to stop it drying out. They don't need much in the way of maintenance. Berberis would do the job too but Pyracantha grows well as a wall shrub.

Wall basket plants

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 11:26

HI Nadia. I had a little white Arabis and a Carex 'Evergold' in one when I was in a rented house for a while with just a paved area at the back. I added a green/gold ivy and it looked good all year and flowered on and off right through the winter as well. There's quite a few of these alpine type plants which might do the job equally well. You could maybe try some of the trailing sweet peas which are suitable for hanging baskets. They seem to be quite popular and easy to obtain now - I think my boss had some on her house walls last year. 

Gardening and Chickens

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 11:06


Have you got some roasties and cranberrry to go with that? 

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