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Posted: 24/04/2016 at 10:40

Most likely slugs - they seem to prefer certain daffs over others, as Dove says. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 10:37

Ooh he's stunning MrJ. You take some lovely photos  

A few from my walk yesterday at Crianlarich. Two Munros I've done before but they make a great day out 

From the aptly named Twistin' Hill - the ridge approach to An Caisteal (The Castle) centre of pic with it's little turret.  2nd summit - Beinn a Chroin on the left with it's undulating ridge. The hill on the right is Beinn Chabhair which can be linked with those two from a different approach.



the view back from that little turret with the Etive hills in the background



summit view - from left, a glimpse of Loch Lomond, the Arochar hills, Dalmally hills, Etive, Tyndrum and Orchy hills




The route down from An Caisteal  to the bealach at 820 metres, taken from part way up Beinn a Chroin. It's a bit scrambly but great fun! 



Pano from the summit of Beinn a Chroin showing it's ridge and An Caisteal behind. Centre of pic shows the drop to the glen for the walk back


Zoomed shot of Ben Lomond from the summit



Hope you enjoyed walking with me  



Posted: 24/04/2016 at 09:19

Hi James - it's something most of us have done. The temptation to encourage spring into our gardens - living further north means that patience is forced on us!

If the soil's cold and wet, it pays to wait with your seed sowing so that you can plant out when everything's at a good size, and hasn't got leggy and weak. Especially if you don't have a greenhouse to  move them into fro a while before planting outdoors.

Yo can resow as scroggin says, and if you can be bothered, mark it on a calendar or a diary so that you can refer to it in future and save yourself some time, effort and grief!  

You're right about those sowing times on packets etc scroggin. I bought some Acidanthera bulbs again in March ( on sale in February ) and all it says is plant in a sunny spot, flowers in late summer etc. No mention of needing to keep them frost free. Very misleading if you're new to sowing or planting anything.

If I'd planted them when I bought them, never mind February, I'd never see them again. 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 09:05

Morning all / afties Pat - hope it's not too chilly for you.

Lovely here - for now anyway, but clouds coming through from the north. Not that I can do much gardening - no garden left that isn't covered by timber, sand, soil and 'stuff'. 

I could have done with some of your energy yesterday DD - at about 2pm when my legs were flagging a little.... 

Steve - Marathon is my sweet of choice. Snickers is such a stupid name isn't it? I think we should start a petition to change the name back....

Lovely idea fidget. I'm not a believer in heaven or hell, but it's comforting to think of parents having the right resting place.  I scattered some of my parents' ashes at the little bay near Ullapool where we used to holiday. There are worse views for anyone to have for eternity.


HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 17:42

I don't know - I go out for the day and the lunatics have taken over the Asylum....

Hotpot with curry sauce sounds good. I'll be raking about for some leftovers to heat up for me dinner. Maybe I'll have 'two soups' as a tribute to Victoria Wood  

An electric sander is what you need for the feet. You start with the coarsest paper and work down to the fine stuff. I can recommend it ....

Had a grand day - cold, windy, sunny and snowy. Fab  

Glad all is well Dove - or as well as it can be. Hosta was wondering where you were yesterday as you were very late. Ma's in good hands - all you can hope for really.

I'd better go and have a shower....one gets a trifle whiffy after a long day. Don't want you all complaining   

New honeysuckle problem

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 07:16

Keep them shady while they're so tiny Sarah - they'll really struggle if they're too hot as you won't be able to give them enough moisture to support the new top growth. It makes them more susceptible to problems as well. 

They're fine with some sun ( when they get big enough to plant out ) as long as they have a cool root run - think 'edge of woodland' conditions. Moisture retentive soil and a good mulch after thorough watering will really help get them established  

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 07:11

Morning all/afties Pat. I read your post and saw it as 'putting it in my washing machine'. Must be my overactive brain making the connection between washing and drying!

Hard frost here but the sun's out and I'm off  on my travels in a few minutes 

Glad you're here doc. Think the Thin White Duke and the Purple Prince might be getting up to all sorts out there in the ether. Maybe a version of Lilac Wine....White and Purple - do you see what I did there? 

I'll get me coat ....and ruckie and I'll catch you all later....

Have a brilliant day everyone  

Clematis plug plant offer - advice needed

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 21:00


GD - bear in mind that your clematis are all still tiny, young plants. Dearer plants reflect the maturity, and the amount of time the grower has to spend getting them to that stage. It takes several years for a clematis to get to full size from tiny beginnings  

Improving heavy clay soil - wet side/dryside

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 19:23

Fresh manure needs to be left for a few months to rot down Alex, unless you're putting it onto an empty bit of ground which you don't intend planting up for a while. If it's well rotted you can use it straight away though. 

I'm confused about the 'hay'. Has someone suggested using that or have I misunderstood? 

Iris need good drainage unless they're the sibirica type which like a bit of moisture. If you have the little reticulata ones which flower in late winter/early spring, they won't do well in wet soil, so best to add loads of grit for those, and the big,blousy bearded summer flowering ones needs lighter soil and loads of sun. Do you know which ones you have? The little ones do well in pots too 

Unreliable tradespeople

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 18:41

He must be (apologies to Harry Enfield) 'conseedarably reecher than yoww' Hosta  

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