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Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 21:06

Glad she's doing well Dove. Hope all goes ok on Friday. Very sad.


Posted: 18/09/2017 at 21:04

As this forum has mainly UK members, and Gardenias aren't hardy  in the UK, joblo, I doubt many folk here will have that problem!  

Hope you can resolve your issue though. Whitefly mainly cause problems in greenhouses here - with tomatoes etc. Heat and humidity. 

Clematis Montana

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 20:54

They can take a couple of years to establish - depending on how mature a plant you've bought - and then they make a bid for world domination....

If you don't prune the laurel (and that will be tricky once it has a montana growing up it)  - it will also bid for world domination....

What to do here?

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 20:48

If your friend is keen on the idea of pleached trees, you could suggest Hornbeam or Beech. Not strictly evergreen of course, but they retain their foliage over winter, so you would always have a screen there. However, pleached trees are not a low maintenance option.

A row of columnar yews would do the job. Easier than conifers, although there are plenty of those that would fit the bill, but you have to be vigilant with correct pruning.

Nothing is going to quickly fill the space either, but anything evergreen will need pruning and shaping at some point, and regularly,  to keep a more contemporary look, so that will need taking into account.

A classic solution is white stemmed birches, which, although deciduous, are very striking and eyecatching because of the trunks. The idea is to use the wall as a backdrop, rather than seeing it as something you need to hide or cover up. There would also be the option to put something underneath to help detract from the wall. Something with a structural shape like the rounded Hebes would  be ideal, and would give a good contrast. It would be most effective if taken along the full length of the boundary too. and would be much lower maintenance and more interesting than hedging or bamboo. 

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 20:14

Don't worry Dove - I won't! 

I found it very difficult to just sit and do nowt yesterday, and had to footle around outdoors for a little while. It was fine as long as I only moved my head up and down, and not side to side. 

Hope Wonks is continuing to improve. I'd find that very hard to cope with, so she has my admiration.

Just been watching the Grand Tours and it was nice because he reminded me of the fact about Schiehallion (The Hill of the Fairies ) and how it was used, back in the day, to calculate it's volume and mass,  and then the Earth's mass, because of it's regular shape. 

Wildlife photos

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 20:02

Superb scroggin. You won't be disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed my short visit 

doc - I think Sheps should do a calendar with some of his photos. Or perhaps he could do some for the G'sWorld one. I'm sure we'd all vote for him   

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 19:45

I can't see that post Hosta  

I've workedout what caused the neck issue. Let's just say that it's the last tiem I offer to help daughter create a sword from 1inch thick acrylic which had to be jigsawed and had tight little curves. Guess which mug did the tight curves? Must have put a lot of strain on neck and shoulders although I didn't realise it at the time...

T'bird - Grand Tours is on  just now. Rannoch Moor..and heading for 'my' hill....

Wildlife photos

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 19:39

Always a pleasure to see them Sheps . Beautiful 

Need to get a bit further north next year then scroggin  

Yes - lovely to see the rhinos again doc. What a set of pix you got on that trip.

Clematis identification and problem solving

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 19:36

I'd cut back on the quantity of slug pellets too.

A tiny sprinkling is more than enough, otherwise you attract even more to the area, and it becomes counterproductive. 

Wildlife photos

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 19:28

There are divers in and around Stoer doc - black and red throated, so I think scroggin's right.

The whole area is hoaching with wildlife from whales, seals and porpoises/dolphins, to fulmars, kittiwakes, skuas, peregrines and buzzards. 

That little pipit was certainly a tired little soldier Sheps 

They never  seem to stop flying and tweeting away. I never tire of seeing them  when I'm out. 

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