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Highland Jeannie

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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.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 14:41

Cold, cold wind; about 5c but feels like -10!!

Was away for 3 days so took a turn round the garden this morning just to say hello to my babies - it was a very quick turn!!

We were near Twickenham & expected spring to have sprung all over the place, but apart from some nice blossom it's about the same as up here (hehe).  Our former neighbour says that everything in her garden is late this year & it's very sheltered there.

We may escape the current snow.......

Where is everybody from...

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 21:42

Well you'll never guess where I live!!

We're about 15 miles west of Inverness & near the Moray Firth, about 130' above sea level & being near the coast our weather is far better than inland at such a latitude.

Our house is 2 1/2 years old, developed from a field which was 150+ years ago a massive cattle holding & sale area so perhaps that explains why things grow so well...... 

The plot is about 50' wide, I'm still trying to work out what to do with the front, I currently have a very small planted patch courtesy of the builders, the rest is grass. At the front we have neighbours & streetlights; at the back we look over a golf course towards a mountain a few miles away.  The back garden is about 50' long, & we have a selection of raised (flower) beds, paths, an arch & obelisk - as yet not in position. The back is north-facing, so currently only half sees any sun. The soil is acid & seems to hold moisture, is not a heavy clay, but is exceedingly stony/bouldery.  It's not easy to "just push in a few canes"

A single track road runs between us & the golf course so we are very exposed. At the end of the garden is a dyke - drystone wall, only 3' high so it's a bit like a goldfish bowl at times. I'd like to plant a few spikey thinks along the dyke but it has scalpings as foundations just below the grass & don't think anything would grow there.

I spent most of my life in Teddington, Middx on light sandy soil in a narrow SW facing back garden - a real sun trap.  Bit different now!!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:43

Dry & coldish but no biting wind (so not unpleasant if wrapped up well) this morning & put together another pair of trellis panels onto the fence. Rain started about 1pm, think it's just stopped now. 

Was doing an interesting dance trying to avoid everything that's just started to come up!  Didn't dare let OH onto the bed to trample everything with his size 9s!!

MOB rants

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 18:46

Can't remember where I got this from now, but it shows that you can't rely on the spell-checker; I've just tried it here & it says "No misspellings found"

Spell-Check Poem

Eye halve a spelling chequer,
It came with my pea sea.

It plainly marques four my revue,
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a quay and type a word,
And weight four it two say.

Weather eye am wrong oar write,
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid,
It nose bee fore two long.

And eye can put the error rite,
It's rare lea ever wrong.

Eye halve put this poem threw it,
I am shore your pleased two no.
Its letter perfect awl the weigh,
My chequer tolled me sew.

Sauce unknown

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 18:07

About 5c with a very light snowshower mid morning, followed by sunshine, but a cold wind.

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