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Highland Jeannie


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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 18:48

Still beautiful sunshine all day after about -7c overnight. Discarded the scarf then the fleece, stopped there as by then doing less active jobs.  Swept up all of the de-icing grit hope it's not needed any more! Grass & beds by the house at the back still frozen hard, elsewhere warming up nicely.

Had to water a lot of pots at the front, the wind had dried them out such a lot - hope they'll be ok overnight.

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 21:08

Very hard frost again last night, so the shady part of the back garden is still frozen,  but tidied up & cut back a bit all over.  The upside is of course beautiful sunshine, but still chilly (thinner fleece!)

I've moved a few perennials & planted out most of the pots of bulbs which flowered indoors (accidentally dug up some lily of the valley - shoved it back!)  I also cut the leaves off some heucheras & cut down the stems a bit too, have done this before but maybe not when this cold, I think they're pretty tough....... 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 23:09

Beautiful, glorious sunshine all day but chilly. 

The bed nearest the house at the back which hasn't seen the sun for months is frozen solid, but the rest of the garden which is now sunny nearly all day has lovely freeflowing soil.

I had to water some pots in the sun which were rather dry!

Found a vine weevil crawling across the hall floor . Splat!!  The only good vine weevil is a dead vine weevil. 

FORKERS CLOTHING

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 18:03

My clothes have 3 lives; (1)New & smart (2)Getting a bit "worn" looking so wear about the house or nipping to the shops, or under a big jumper if won't be seen (3)Gardening/decorating.

Occasionally I wear something decent if it's just a quick job to be done, but normally it's perm any combination from; jeans, shorts, T shirt, sweatshirt, bodywarmer, scarf, hat with dangling earflaps, thick or thin fleece or old waterproof coat.  I too, am a baglady.   Gloves can be v. thin vinyl if doing something wet, or other cheapies, & thicker for thorns if required. I often just wear 1 glove.  Kneepads are a must, unfortunately the velcro is wearing out on my Marksman "for carpet layers" ones & can't find identical replacements.

OH & I got Dickies boilersuits - good for keeping the back warm, but not for undressing when I go to the loo.......

I can't "do" a Discodave as our back garden overlooks a golf course - don't want to put them off their stroke!!

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Posted: 29/03/2013 at 09:24
Fairygirl wrote (see)

Frank/Dad - remember to take her some carrot cake  In Scotland it's 1 of our 5 a day...


And they serve a "Glasgow Salad" with everything (bowl of chips!)

Actually that's not true up here, there's lots of quality grub around.

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Posted: 28/03/2013 at 22:53
Palaisglide wrote (see)

If we are named for our gardens then I would be "ad hoc" with a few standard bushes the style changes by the year or even the season.
Jeannie, what ever you have is yours, if it annoyed you you would not still be planning it, it would be done, I moved into a new build detached 30 years ago and worked until I ached to change it from the lawn back front and sides to a garden i could live with. That has had many make overs as the years rolled on and that is what we gardeners do, we complete a project sit down with a glass in our hands look at it and see how it could be done differently and so away we go spade and fork flying plants being moved so many times they do not unpack their suit cases.
As long as we are reasonable pleased with our efforts then that is success.

Random ad hoc Frank.

 

Food for thought Ad Hoc Frank - I think I'm afraid to dig & plant in case it all goes wrong - added to the fact that I still have part of the back to sort out! Our back is very open so my efforts/errors are available for all to see..  I want to get it right first time; but should know that in gardening there is no "right."  Oh dear!!
My style is wannabe cottage, but have quite a lot of grass & paths.

 

Verdun wrote (see)
Highland Jennie, we know you are in Scotland, called Jean and still planning and processing your garden. You are also very modest....saying you are "unimaginative"....and people like that.
How big is your garden? Do you have a style you hanker for?
Your location suggests a hostile environment yet on some of your weather posts the temperatures are often pretty good. So, maybe in the west? Maybe,getting the gulf stream as we do,down here?


Hi Verdun, back is 50 foot x 50 foot, when planning I thought that raised beds might be better for me in the future - less bending, so have 4 of those.  There's an arch with a clematis one side & awaiting something else, probably a climbing Gertrude Jeykll. There's an obelisk waiting for a new bed to be dug (oh, the stones ) & loads of things in pots looking for a home.

We're about 16 miles west of Inverness, so NE. Could never live on the west coast - too much rain & too many midgies!!  Our (sometimes!!) reasonable weather is because we're low-lying & near the Beauly Firth/Moray Firth area.  (Or maybe the garden & car thermometers are wrong....??!!)   The winter can go on & on - I do worry about doing anything out there at this time of year, though.

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 13:03

Can't do anything in the garden today, still too cold but bright & sunny, though I did move a lupin a few days ago.

Also discovered the hard way that 125 litres of compost is too awkward to lift onto a B&Q trolley then into the car (even with the 2 of us lifting) .  I was fine for about 20 mins; then I realised that I shouldn't have done it!! 

OH had same problem but he's ok today; I've stopped moving about much & certainly won't be picking anything up if I drop it!! The painkillers have helped, but I have a heavy night due at the Scottish Country Dancing tomorrow  so really really want to be ok. (I don't do genteel.....)  

Seeds

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 12:22

That could be a very long time, Bunny.......

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 12:17

Woke up to about 1" of snow!! We had the same last week for part of 1 day - the first since before Christmas!

The sun is shining brilliantly & the snow's all melted there, but melting slowly in the shady areas. About 8c in the shed & 4c outside - I just want to get out there!!

Success and Failures ...

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 12:13

I don't usually try anything borderline hardy here, but loved the persecaria Red Dragon that we had in a southern sheltered SW facing garden.  I brought some potted cuttings but put them in the garage in the autumn, not daring to plant out. A few days ago the large one, in about a 12" pot had new growth but it seemed to have died back, I looked at the small one & that looked the same, but that pot had dried out. I re-potted it & the fingers are now crossed.   There is some light in there & the temps don't appear to have gone below freezing.  Lobelia fan Queen Victoria is another plant that I really like, but about 3 have not survived the winters so have given up with them.

I really like the early bulbs - hope that spring is coming , also flowering currant & chaenomeles.

Azalias & rhodies like our acid soil, but the garden isn't big enough for many & they don't flower for very long. 

Wallflowers. I thought they were supposed to be really tough??  I bought some plugs the year before last; they didn't flower so expected a stonking display this year. No. Not in the back or front. Over the autumn/winter a lot just seemed to dry out & about 3 plants are left, 2 look very hopeful & 1 looks poorly.  Oh well, at least the others fed the compost bin!!

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