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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 08:01

Morning Joyce  

I've done it as part of the WHWay  many years ago. It skirts round the eastern end of the hill I was on yesterday. (Garbh Bheinn) In theory you could walk back by going over it but you'd need two cars as it takes you back to the foot of the Bookil at Altnafeadh. I think it would be too steep to drop down to it at that end anyway. There certainly isn't any path and there's a lot of crags in the way, so probably not advisable! 

Poundland plant haul help

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 07:45

I should have said, I was assuming that, since the bare root plants were cheap, they were also small.

If they're not, then yes - as nut says, they can be planted out unless the ground's frozen, or not ready for planting in yet.  I still don't know about the Hibiscus though - someone else will  

Greetings from county kerry

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 07:39

Welcome Clueless - here's hoping you won't be clueless for long  

Plant pauper is from Ireland - but northern Ireland. We used to have a good tech expert here from Ireland, but he doesn't post any more. 

Joyce - what do you mean  'next best thing' ? Tut tut!  

Last edited: 22 January 2017 07:40:20

First bunch of daffs

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 07:36

I think the milder winter has prompted some of the early, small ones into bloom sooner than usual. Lovely to have some cheery little faces  

Are they Tete a Tete, or Jetfire  or one of the similar varieties B3? 

Last edited: 22 January 2017 07:36:18

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 07:26

Morning all/afties Pat. Gorgeous little lizards  

Is a Jacky a type of lizard, or is that the name for a female, Pat? Pardon my ignorance 

Glad you liked the view. It's a spectacular area - wedged between Glencoe and The Mamores/Nevis area. Apparently, there's more wild mountainous land in that area than all the mountainous areas of England and Wales put together. I'll do my pix for the Camera thread this morning while I'm lazing around. I  had a sleep on the sofa last night  

Met a very interesting chap from Fort Bill up there too. We had a lovely chat, largely about the snow and lack of it etc. If you think British people in general are obsessed about weather, just try talking to hillwalkers 

LG - where was your pic taken? Just as well that man in the foreground was carefully positioned in front of the placard....

Been chilly here overnight - I can see frost on the cars where there's a street light or two. I can also hear birds - they seem to be enjoying singing in the dark these days!

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 19:23

It wasn't too  shabby Dove 

Hope you're feeling a bit better now.

I have my feet up too - nice shower, in my jammies, and had a cheese toastie for dinner  

Plants and Cat Poop

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 18:58

I used to have a cat that could pee down the loo pansyface. He wasn't smart enough to do that though  

I'll pass on the septic tank pix too.....I've seen what blocked pipes leading to those are like....

Poundland plant haul help

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 18:52

Why are you putting them in the garage, joanna? 

Alliums are hardy. Plant them in a pot if the ground isn't suitable, or you don't have a place for them yet. They'll dry out if you just leave them. Or rot. They may not flower very well this year, but they'll be fine for next year. 

Depending what the other bulbs are, you can do the same with them. If they're not hardy types, you'd still be better getting them into a pot and protecting them with bubblewrap, fleece or plastic until it's warm enough to plant them out. If you have some bricks or timber, or something similar, you could make a basic cold frame for them. They'll need some light now, so a garage isn't really suitable.

The forsythia and buddleia, like the peony, are also hardy. Pot them up too. Just keep them somewhere sheltered outside for now and once they've put on some growth in a couple of months or so, you can plant them out . Bare root plants won't appreciate being dried out, so avoid that. Potting them up will allow you to keep them moist enough till they start growing. 

Hibiscus is a bit more tender I think, so will need some protection. I would get that in some soil/compost anyway.  I've never grown it as I doubt it would be happy up here in the Scottish climate.  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 18:36


Hope your hair isn't too damaged. What a silly boy you are. As long as it's not 'Trump' like, you could always wear a hat  

Happy days Joyce.  

I think the Alcan factory that was there closed a while ago too - eaten up by one of the big boys for producing tin foil. 

I reckon I can safely say that my lunchtime view was better than most people's today. Whatcha reckon?  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 17:46

Evening all - back from the hill, and what a little cracker it was too 

Minus 3 when I left - sorry Dove - didn't have time to scrape your car too. Lots of fog on the way, and I think it didn't lift at all in many areas, especially central belt. No probs up at Kinlochleven - better than some summer days we get! Glorious blue sky and the watery sun was pleasantly warm enough when you were in the sheltered bits of the hill. Chilly up top and no shelter, so I couldn't hang around too long, especially with gloves off. Fab though, and views to die for. 

Are you bringing home a pony from the New Forest chicky?   

I didn't intentionally not have the heating on Hosta - the pressure had dropped.  Had brekkie while it warmed up a bit. You've never mentioned that you hate the cold....

It's on now anyway - it was only about 1 degree when I came in. I shall have a shower and a cuppa now, and see what you've all been doing, before I see if there's anything for dinner...if I can be bothered 

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