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Posted: 30/12/2016 at 16:30

Hi GD - if they grow on seaside cliffs like Dove mentions, I'd think they'd grow for you. We have neutral to acidic soil in most of Scotland - where they are on the hills is generally peaty moorland. Quite different from a seaside location, so they clearly aren't fussy as to soil type, and they grow in shade or sun. 

Who's going to the gym in the new year.

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 14:00

Not me either AWB - I do this  

Gym's are soul destroying places  

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 13:53

Lovely pix Hosta. They're one of my favourite birds, but I haven't had them in this garden - yet. Used to get them in the garden round the corner. 

They always feed in a little flock, aym. They don't tend to be seen except 'en masse'. Makes them all the more appealing 

Despite cats   and noise ( cars and children) I have lots of birds regularly visiting, so don't give up on attracting them. Get one of those water scarecrows to deal with the cats, and get the right food out consistently, and they will start visiting. It takes time, but worth it. The right plants and habitat all helps as well. This garden was sterile, but not any more, and it didn't take long to get birds in. Hardly any the first winter - loads by the following year, and now the nuthatches. Every day's a party!  

The blackbirds haven't visited a lot yet, but they've been busy stripping all the cotoneasters. The second spell of frosts we had in November, when the garden was frozen for over a week, brought them all in for some extra grub though.  The apples are always popular with the blackies when the ground's hard, aren't they Dove? It's been unusually mild and benign here, so I definitely haven't used as much food as I would normally have done by now.

Fatsia japonica damage who's the culprit?

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 13:37

Jeez Dave - never heard of anything stripping a Fatsia. I'd have suggested deer too, because of the amount of damage they can do quickly, but you'd think there would be other, tastier specimens for them to eat before they'd take that.

Is anything else damaged or eaten?


Posted: 30/12/2016 at 13:34

Isn't it funny how we lust after native bluebells, yet those are every bit as beautiful, and so easy.

I'd like to sow loads of them in a little area somewhere suitable. Perhaps I'll do that in 2017 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 13:30

Thanks chicky - she's on the mend now  

Lovely pic of the view - nice to see blue skies. The ground looks very dry though, and those boots are very clean. I feel you need to head north for a proper outing....get some bog trotting done....

Should Mr C be up cleaning chimneys? He's not adopted a dodgy Cockney accent or anything, has he?  


Posted: 30/12/2016 at 13:25

Glorious aren't they Dove?  So delicate, yet incredibly strong. Think that's what I love about them  

You wouldn't think they could withstand the vagaries of the climate, yet they do better than lots of fluffy, fancy, inbred plants!  No staking or mollycoddling. My kind of plant  

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 12:57

It's a tough job Dove, but someone has to do it. 

We haven't even eaten the Christmas puddings. We didn't have our dinner anyway as we were at A&E, but we had it the next day. She's not eaten much since, but she managed some bits and pieces yesterday. Her cake is very good! 

TCP T'bird...  The antibiotics are taking effect now, and she's swilled with salt water a few times. Her face was too sore for her to open her mouth properly. Looked like she'd been in the ring with Mike Tyson.  Kept her quiet anyway  

Glad you enjoyed the programmes. I watched the first one last night and will hopefully see the other one later.  Sunday's looking good so I'll get out then I think. Probably fairly local - Rest and be Thankful perhaps. I work with someone who cannot understand how stunning our beaches and seas are, not to mention all the other scenery. I've given up - she's never even been to Loch Lomond and she's lived in or near Glasgow all her life. 

Ppauper - she ain't been near any of those!   

how to support 24 climbers in small garden?

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 12:44

Don't want to rain on your parade Newb, but to give your clematis the best chance of showing themselves off, it's wise to give them adequate room. Rouge Cardinal and Etoile Violette alone will each cover 6 to 8 feet of fence or more, given the right conditions. Forty feet ( eighty in total)  isn't a lot of distance for that quantity of plants. You need to be able to reach them for pruning and tying in too, and they'll need a lot of watering and feeding, especially if you have other planting around them. Make sure they all have the right aspect too - Nelly Moser, for instance, looks dreadful in too much sunlight - it needs a shadier spot. Some are happy anywhere but dark ones ( generally) bleach in too much sun and don't look so good. 

Clematis are heavy once they've matured, so make sure whatever support you have will do the job. If your fence isn't sound, concrete new posts in and attach trellis - that's probably the best option. Attach wires to the posts if trellis is too expensive, but make sure it's decent stuff, nicely spaced for attaching stems, and well secured. 

You could put some of the smaller ones on obelisks but you'll have to tie them in round those as they grow, to get the best from them. Don't make the mistake of just letting them grow vertically. 

Hope I haven't put you off - they're among the most rewarding plants if given the right attention and care, but they can look poor if they don't get it   

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 12:20

Well she wasn't at Glamis when I passed there recently Dove....but I'll keep away from the Lochnagar hills for now in case they're at the lodge by the loch. I had a bonny view of those hills a couple of weeks ago from Glen Clova  

Other daughter wants to go to Home Bargains today. Suppose I'll have to take her....  

It'll stop me eating Quality Street so it's not a bad thing really  

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