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Alliums already sending up shoots...

Posted: 27/11/2017 at 17:11

They'll right them themselves Dave - usually - so don't worry if you've planted them the wrong way up 

They don't all grow at the same rate - some come through earlier than others, and it isn't always the ones you expect. Sphaeros are among the last alliums to flower, but among the first to have growth. 

Great bee and hoverfly magnets, if the squirrels don't get 'em. I usually have to buy some every year , but they're so cheap it isn't really a hardship  

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 27/11/2017 at 17:04
Dovefromabove says:

 Mr & Mrs BL did have hot chocolate with cream and some beer  

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 Strange combination Dove.....

Good to see you doc. Keep on keepin' on 

We didn't get the hail Joyce - but diddly darn chilly here, and getting very clear. Think I should cover the car...

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 27/11/2017 at 12:49

Think Liri might be snowed in Obs...  

It'll be a bonny journey back if it's clear. The Glencoe and Nevis hills are looking stunning just now, although the rain has cleared a lot off the more southern and lower hills. Campsies were white yesterday/Saturday , but none now. It was a bit of pain yesterday LP - but it was more about where to go once the snow was off and clag lifting. By the time I looked at possibilities, it was a bit too late for the amount of daylight left.

Not too warm now though - it's not got above 3.5 and it's a chilly breeze. 

Do you think Dove and BL have had a lot of cake? Silly question really 

Conifer turning black inside

Posted: 27/11/2017 at 12:40

A photo would help, MMM.

Conifers can suffer from a disease called Phytophthora, but it's usually more common in very wet conditions, so if it's been in a basket for a while before planting out, that's unlikely. It would be very dead looking on the outside too - hence nut's question. 

If you've then planted it in a very wet area, there could be an issue. Conifers will take lots of rain, but if it's been planted too deep, and/or in very wet conditions, there could be issues. It's difficult for anyone to be more specific without seeing photos  


Posted: 27/11/2017 at 12:33

hi Richard - I have a 3yr old blackthorn hedge which has produced a fair amout of sloes this year - from one area mainly - and it's not very fussy re conditions.

My soil is reclaimed grass and was prepped well. We have fairly neutral to acid, and plenty of rain. 

It was bought as bare root hedging, and you would still get that now. NIce inexpensive way of doing it. I'm sure you could simply buy a few specimens if you don't want a whole hedge of it though   

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 27/11/2017 at 08:04

Morning all/afties Pat. Those painitngs are beautiful - surely someone will snap those up? 

When did it change from Ayers Rock Pat? I must have been asleep....

Cute, if destructive, wallaby 

Your pix are stunning chicky. It didn't look like it was going to turn into that at all. Isn't nature and weather marvellous! 

Hope hubby's on the mend now Hosta.  Try and avoid the washed up 'items' today.....

Back to rain today. As long as it goes off before Thursday this week, the birds can put  their galoshes back in their cupboards....

Have a good  day all. 


Posted: 27/11/2017 at 07:54

As Perki says - depends where you live. They certainly can't be left outside here either (west central Scotland)Even a bit of protection like a cold frame isn't enough. You need a proper greenhouse. I used to keep mine in the conservatory when I had one. Even a decent porch will be ideal.

They're definitely better if not allowed to get too cold or too drywhen undercover. A little dampness in a relatively mild environment is best 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 26/11/2017 at 10:22

I can't swim Obs - so it certainly wouldn't be me either!  Paddling my feet in a burn after a long hill day is as far as I go. My daughter had a swim in the pond at the last house. I have a photo somewhere, but I don't like putting those on. It was a bit manky though....

Overwintering your obelisk

Posted: 26/11/2017 at 10:19

I used to have strings of outdoor ones that I plugged in indoors too, oooft. Think they eventually conked out, as I certainly don't have them now. They were very good.

The battery ones are quite good though. They just need to have the battery 'box' kept in a watertight case. I use a plastic food one, but it fell down last year when it was a bit wild and by the time I got to it, the rain had knackered it. 

Screening needed

Posted: 26/11/2017 at 10:12

Good luck with it Mike. It's worth spending a little time working out the best places to locate a structure of any kind, because it's a pain if you have to move them! 

Keep us updated with photos 

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