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Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 20/10/2017 at 07:55

Morning all/afties Pat - have you got your waders on? 

Looking good Obelixx. Doesn't take long to get things almost habitable does it? 

Friday - hurray. It's been a helluva week at work  

Hope no-one gets too many problems with the wild weather coming in. Mainly the south west from what I understand. 

Last edited: 20 October 2017 07:55:45

Corner border- shelter and shade

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 21:15

I have an endless supply Harry, as I work in an equestrian centre  

I'd use any of the bagged manures - whichever one you feel is suitable. Some of the heavier, more moisture retentive composts would probably do a good job too. Anything which will add a bit of heart to your soil and help retain moisture because of the site.It's not a problem I have living in the west of  Scotland - dry soil!  

As it's shady - white and pale colours are useful as they light up darker spots. Variegated foliage is also good, so it might be worth looking at that type of planting. There' are some pale hardy fuchsias which might suit, although I don't know if they'll appreciate drier conditions. White potentillas will be fine in almost any soil once established, and though not evergreen , will flower for a long period. Most Euphorbias will also be fine in dry shade, and will give a good display and contrast to other planting all year round. There are evergreen Carexes with gold/green foliage which will also be fine, and the deciduous Hakonechloa makes a nice golden, weeping clump throughout the summer and into autumn. Mine is just changing colour and starting to go over  just now, so it's a good long lasting plant for a mixed border.  

Some vertical perennials like white Japanese Anemones will also give a contrast to the shape of shrubs. They flower a bit later, and there are white Aquilegias for early in the year. Pale hardy geraniums will always be useful too. 

There will be plenty of other shrubs/plants too, and if you mix them with spring bulbs, especially creamy or white narcissus and crocus, you'll get a long succession of flowers. 

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Posted: 19/10/2017 at 20:09

Mine are the same - they grow in quite dense shade too, and damp soil, so they're very useful for awkward areas. 

I have some under a conifer, as well as in borders, but it doesn't dry out there, so they're fine. 


Posted: 19/10/2017 at 20:01

I can't see the pic clearly, but it looks more like whitefly. 

Usually, lack of good ventilation round the plant encourages them. Are the plants inside or out?

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 19:40

Dacha - it's a well used Scottish expression ( or possibly just Glaswegian) I'm sure you can guess the meaning!   

Compact Soil

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 19:37

If you can get hold of some well rotted manure to put on bare soil/borders etc, that will also benefit it. You can also buy it bagged in garden centres and the aforementioned DIY store 

If you're near a riding school or stables, you might be able to get it quite cheaply. It has to be well rotted though if you have plants in the beds, as fresh stuff will have an adverse affect on plant material. You can always stack fresh stuff somewhere in a corner, and leave till spring  to use on beds and borders with planting 

Corner border- shelter and shade

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 19:25

If it's going to be generally dry, you need to look for plants that will suit those soil conditions. They're more likely to thrive if you choose wisely. Right plant, right place  

Some shrubs for structure would be a good idea, especially if you want to hide the wall a bit during the winter, although you might want to consider a couple of climbers too. A bit of trellis on the wall for them would also help disguise the wall. 

Borderline is right - the addition of some good, well rotted manure will have great benefits - for all sorts of plants. 


Posted: 19/10/2017 at 19:04

I think I'm right in saying you're in my neck of the woods oooft.

As said - if it's pelargoniums you have (not hardy geraniums) they'd be better in your house. A porch with plenty of glass would be ideal, or just a window ledge. If your seedlings are all leaving the conservatory, just keep them in there  

Your perennials would be fine in a cold frame if hardened off a bit now. It does depend what they are though, and how well grown they are. Hardy perennial seedlings should be fine, but anything more tender might be best left in the conservatory. Make sure you still have a bit of ventilation though - in both places.

I use mine mainly for protecting things which would be battered by rough weather - wind and rain. I don't grow much that isn't hardy. 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 18:20

Joyce - I'd rather eat my own hair than go on a bus journey  

I always said to my girls that if I ever suggest going on a Lochs and Glens coach along Loch Lomond, to just put the pillow over my head. 'Tea and a wee' at Inveruglas...no thanks! 

He was at the foot of Beinn Luibhean ( Rest and be Thankful ) that little sheep,  just as I set out. I always speak to the sheep when I'm out   

Forecast is looking pants right enough - unless I head far north east, and even then..... 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 17:58
Joyce21 says:

A robot to keep me company?  No thanks, I'd rather talk to myself, the birds and

() the plants.

See original post

 ...and the sheep, Joyce. Or is that just me....

Look at his cheeky wee face 

BL - what a drag with your leccy probs etc. I know we have issues here with workmen, but at least we can usually get someone out within a few hours if we have a problem with gas, water or leccy.

Hope it's not too rough down your way Hosta. They've been mentioning the winds coming in for the weekend further south and in coastal areas. 

Alan Sugar?  What a fanny. There, I've said it. Nearly as bad as that clown at Ryanair  

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