Highland Jeannie

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Something for the weekend.......enjoying gardens and flowers.

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 23:06

Gardens open around Nethy Bridge, 9 miles NE of Aviemore, Inverness-shire tomorrow 10-5.  Lunches, teas & plant sales too, so the advert says.

worst job in garden

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 17:42
Sunnydayz wrote 
I'm loving the weather right now, think I must be solar powered!

 Like that!!


Posted: 02/07/2013 at 22:55


Missing Profiles

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 20:23
TinaTurner wrote (see)
 Don't understand how these things just happen. 

That's what I really don't understand with computers - fine one minute, then they go off for no apparent reason.  Our hub occasionally stops working; reset it & it's fine.  Why did it stop though? No-one seems to know.

Designing a Garden Centre from scratch

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 23:49

We have a couple of GCs round here, but at least 4 "nurseries."  3 definitely grow a lot of their plants, the others I think grow-on some.  None is specialised & sell a good variety of things, but at least if something's grown there then I know it's suitable for my conditions. So if you're growing your own plants then it's a good selling point for the local market, as people will know that they're suitable.

Knowledgeable & friendly staff would certainly make me come back - I'd rather pay a little bit more & be treated in a friendly manner than go to somewhere cheap & just be regarded as another "punter."  Also if a proprietor treats their customers well, then they probably look after their plants too!

I'm 100% with fidget re what to sell or not!

One local nursery has started grouping their plants into their suitability, eg windy, seaside, boggy, etc.  I suppose it's good for people who don't have much gardening knowledge, or time to read labels, but I prefer things in alphabetical order - having done some research first.  I found it most confusing.


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 10:40

The end of our garden borders a single-track road with untouched verges which just now look very shaggy in an attractive kind of way. However yesterday I leaned over & removed the seed-heads of the cow parsley having read dire warnings on here about getting them into the garden! 

We have a drystone dyke, 3' high, so I'm deadheading things taller than that - there's a thistle about to flower; need to monitor that as we get loads of those seedlings in the ground anyway.

Don't seem to get many "pretty" weeds, unfortunately!

worst job in garden

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 23:15
Sara 4 wrote (see)

Looking for the trowel/secateurs/string/watering can that I had in my hand a minute ago. 

 How true!!

Afraid I don't wash pots either; did it once, got cold, wet & bored.

I used to enjoy pruning a huge pyrocantha we had along the end fence at our previous garden, & OH had fun feeding it to the muncher too  (boys' toys!)

My current pet hate is weeding tiny clover plants from the beds - they don't come out easily & I have to get an old table fork under each one, wiggle (the fork, not me) then grip firmly & pull. There are hundreds there, too, probably because it was just a field a few years ago.

wilting and dying bedding plants

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 21:42

Could it be vine weevil grubs having a munch on the roots? 

I've had this sort of effect with heucheras & saxifrages, although not bedding plants (yet.....!!)

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 12:52

Yes, a well done from me, too Woody, & how great to meet folk from here.

If you were closer we'd have been there, we love garden visiting.

weed or not..

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 21:23

Watch our for the babies next year!!

At least they're easy to identify & pull out.

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