Highland Jeannie

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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.....)  


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!!

Forum names

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 11:23

I'm very unimaginative (still trying to plan the garden 2.5 years after moving in) & thought that including my location would save me needing to refer to it when I posted & I'm called Jean (surprise surprise!!)

The Beechgove Garden

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 10:58

My cousin used to refer to them as Bill & Ben (the flowerpot men).

The Beechgove Garden

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 23:27

Hi Fairygirl, was it George Barron??  I wasn't living here then so only got to see it when staying with my aunt on holiday.

Horticultural grit

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 21:22

A couple of years ago I had 40 bags delivered from a company called "Dandys" based Cheshire/Welsh borders if I remember correctly. Delivery was free (a special offer at the time) which was marvellous for such a heavy & bulky order (especially for up here, where many delivery companies fear to tread..... ) 

The bags are about the size of a pillow & the grit is about 6mm, initially I wanted to open up the soil a bit & now use them a lot when planting up pots - get very little moss now.


Posted: 24/03/2013 at 20:31

Fancied ordering a few good-looking sale bargains from Crocus recently, but unfortunately they don't deliver this far north.  At least their website is helpful & shows where they deliver to & if you live near the boundary you can even enter your postcode to see if you'll be "lucky"!!  Unlike the Telegraph Gardenshop who just unhelpfully "don't recognise" your postcode even though their order form looks suspiciously like Crocus.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 14:51

Still no snow......

About 6c out there & sunny now & again, but still v. windy.

Fixed a bit of windbreak material round the nearly out wall flowers.  Too late I think, they're very droopy.

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