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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 20:31

Children delivered to their venue - at least if I have to collect them, it'll stop me falling asleep on the settee. Gritters have been out - it's already down to one degree, and none too warm.

LP - I know the windmills are very divisive, but I've lost count of the number of photos I could have taken, only  they'd have been ruined by the line of pylons. The run down Loch Tay for example, when you can get a great view up to the Lawers hills (when it's clear!) but they run right through your sightline. I hate them, whereas I like windmills,  although I know they're noisy close up, and not cost effective for now etc. I can see the Whitelee Wind Farm from the house - again, when it's clear enough! 

The hydro schemes on hills are even more contentious, but we have those resources, and  there's plenty of hill left to look at, so I don't get too worked up about it.  Once the surrounds start to grow and cover up the pipelines a bit, it becomes less intrusive. I feel we have to make some sort of progress with energy supplies.

I heard that about laptops too -seems to be UK bannning them on certain flights right enough. I only heard a bit of the story though.

Bird feeder suggestions

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 18:20

Yes Sheps - they like somewhere nearby to flit into, especially the coal tits. Their habit is to grab food and go somewhere close by to eat it. Mine are happy to spend a little time in the cage though, so they must feel very secure now, which is lovely.   I have a big conifer and a pine nearby, which were already in the garden, and they also have buddleias and laurels to dive into if anything dodgy appears.  

Usually cats, rather than sparrowhawks though. 

horse manure

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 18:14

If it's well rotted Mick, you can use it any way you like. Fresh stuff needs to be left for a good few months to rot properly.

A mulch is ideal, especially at this time of year when lots of plants are emerging. I've done some of my borders recently. It helps to retain moisture in dry areas, and helps to suppress weeds. 

It's also good as a mulch at the other end of the year - autumn/early winter. Worms will help to take it below ground, and it helps with soil structure and weed suppressing,  as well as generally being good for your plants.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 18:07

Ta muchly Dove - that'll go down a treat 

The roads were ok mainly - it's just on the minor ones until there's enough traffic to break it up. A little icy under the snow where it was compacted. I don't have far to go, so it's not too bad. Most problems were caused by  the usual tw*ts who don't seem to understand they can't drive at 70 on a motorway even if it's been salted   

It's International Day of Forests apparently. Let's all go and hug a tree  

There were a few casualties along the verges here LP. My daffs aren't flowering yet, and they all seem fine. Tulips etc aren't tall enough, and are quite well tucked in near walls etc, so no casualties there either. I knocked the snow off lots of things before I left this morning. The dark hellebore was a bit weighed down, but it's fine. The birds looked a bit miserable. 

I didn't realise you grew up at Loch Awe. It's a cracking area, but then, we're slightly spoiled for choice with beautiful areas up here, aren't we? 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 17:53

Afraid my fairy feet aren't quite that dainty BL  

Clematis is fine - she's pretty tough...and well tied in   

It largely disappeared by lunchtime GD, but it snowed constantly till late morning. There was about four inches on the car, but less on the grass as it was wet underneath. I had to shake it all off the evergreens, just to  make sure they wouldn't get too damaged. I think that's the fourth fall we've had this winter, but all small - 3 or 4 inches - and none have lasted a particularly long time. Easy winter really, and much better than the manky rain.

It's not uncommon for us to get snow at this time of year, and later, even at low level. I'm only about 400 feet above sea level. It can snow at any time of year on the higher hills though. 

Think it's heading your way later LP - overnight perhaps   

Is there such plants

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 17:38

I can readily plant under conifers jess,  because the rain gets through - even in summer  

I raised the canopy on one here, in behind the shed, and it's allowed me to put bits and pieces in there, and create a little corner for wildlife etc. 

It's also where the extras, or things I don't like very much, go....to grow or die. Their choice!  

Large Pittosporum

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 17:34

I think you enjoyed that Pete 

The variegated forms are usually less hardy than the solid colours - as with many plants. Some of them are the prettiest ones unfortunately!

I'm with the two of you on the 'prune and take your chances' method. If you have to move something, there's nothing to lose. I think it's simply a matter of picking the time, if possible, and then being sensible. Most shrubs come back. 


Bird feeder suggestions

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 17:30

I have some of mine on a bracket as Sheps shows, but they're on the rear fence. I know what you mean about putting food where you have the best view of birds feeding - it can be tricky sometimes!

What other scope do you have for setting up something similar GD? If you have any large shrubs or trees, you cna use them.  A post, as Sheps describes, would work well, and a baffle as SG says, will help deter the squirrels etc.  You could even have a conventional bird table which you can hang feeders from. I did that in a previous garden. Little birds like a bit of cover, so it's good to have some nearbyif possible. 

Is there such plants

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 17:23

Long Acre (Plantsforshade) is an excellent site. You'll have fun looking at that Giddy 

It's funny how people often worry about shade jessis itg. I don't see it as a problem at all now, although I was the same when I started gardening - it seemed awful!  It's great to embrace it as there's plenty of choice - both evergreen and perannial, whether wet or dry, and plants are much more readily available nowadays. 

Fatsia japonica is certainly good over here. I've had them in every garden I've had.  Is that the same plant Peggy?

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 17:14

Afties all. Glad you didn't have too difficult a trip back to the mainland Liri. Quite a bit of disruption with roads etc. today. The bottom of our hill, as we join the main road, was 'interesting' this morning  

Lovely view Liri.  I need to get back up to L. Awe. Great area for hills, and the Cruachan/Stob Diamh horseshoe is fabulous. The snow's still present down to about 1,000 feet or so and it's to be cold overnight so it'll hang on for a bit at that level. Didn't get above four here today, and only for a few hours after the snow stopped.  Snow's to go south and east overnight, so LP might get some, and to be into NE England by morning too.

I love Johnnie Walker - the person only though. Fabulous DJ - the best ever in my opinion.

Not mentioning the nonsense that was going on in parts of the forum, other than to say that I'm glad that it's now been sorted. Disgraceful what had been said. Unfortunately, there will always be those who stir, and those who follow, and bolster it. 

I shall have a look round here while I have a cuppa, before I take the girls to their thingy, and then get shopping...   

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