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Highland Jeannie

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 16:55

Ooo-er wonder what happened to the quotes above??!!

Snow all gone, showery, light breeze, about 5c.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 16:53

Palaisglide wrote (see)
.Jeannie "when did Scotsmen wear blue kilts"? What was under the kilt may have been blue and the bonnets they droned about on the hillsides were blue, how I wished them over the border, we lads in trews would give them three rousing choruses of Lily Marlene to wind them up. A few pints and a fight usually sorted it out, is Stirling Castle any warmer yet.


Yes, I've often wondered what a light blue sky & a kilt had in common - mind you the sailors' blue is a lot darker too! I'm far too much of a lady to be thinking about what is underneath (or its' colour)

When we visited Stirling Castle it was a lovely summer day - mind you, OH nearly fell over the edge as he stepped back to take a photo - it's a long way down.....

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 11:02

Woke up to a couple of inches of snow, now rapidly melting , assisted by some heavy rain a while ago.  A fair bit of blue sky about; "enough to make a sailor a pair of trousers or a Scotsman a kilt"  depending on who you're talking to!

Side of House

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 22:55

I don't really know how much sun this area gets throughout the year as we don't go there - that's why I want it to be low-maintenance.  It probably gets 3-4 ?? hours a day (when it shines....)  Probably not much in Dec/Jan due to the low sun behind the houses opposite.

Problem with uploading pics

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 22:43

I uploaded some pics earlier, all from the same folder, the first appeared straight away, the 2nd took about 30 attempts & the 3rd about a dozen tries.

I pressed the same buttons each time!  (Not very tecchie)

Side of House

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 22:06

Hi Hollie,  yes I thought shrub(s) would be best -keep it simple.  I've got plenty to do in the back & really just wanted something to look a bit less bare.

 After lots more attempts!!  A longer shot of the front showing most of the front garden.  We're planning to (eventually) get the edging all along the left boundary so that it stops at the base of the lamp-post. The boundary with next door is an escallonia hedge & we'll fill the gap between that & the edging with slate bits as have next-door round their heathers.  

Lots more to think about regarding the main part of the front garden to come later at some time!!


Side of House

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 21:05

Thanks Rosa, that's very kind.

Take your time - it's taken over 2 years so far.......!

Side of House

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 20:26

I want to plant something down the side of our house, the width is about 4' 4" max.

It faces south, but as you can see has a house on each side.  It's something that we won't see as we enter the house from the right & the road is a cul-de-sac.  I have a photinia Red Robin in a tub just now, it's about 2'+ in diameter & can't think where else to put it.  I also have a golden sambucus growing at the back which needs to be moved which could go there & several other shrubs, eg weigelias, spireas, etc.

Something easy wihtout much maintenance.

Below where the flue is there is some edging, that will be also set across the grass, perpendicular to the house & fence, with chips or bits of slate between that edging & a bit of fence to be put in front of the shed.  That area is damp & the grass is dreadful, the area is about 6-8' in depth.  Had thought of putting down weed mat under the chips or slates & planting the shrub(s) through that.  Or plant the shrub(s) first??

The soil is probably fairly compacted as it hasn't been dug.

A closer view.

 Our front garden is very bare & I need some ideas for that, but thought it best to do a bit at a time.

If it's a suitable place to plant something, when would be best?

Other problem - the landscaper is family & you know how long it takes them to do a job!!

How come the 1st piccy uploaded immediately but the 2nd one (from the same folder) took about 30 attampts??!!





What's special about gardening In your county?

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 17:51

We're in the SE corner of Ross-shire, a few hundred yards from the Inverness-shire border on a low-lying area on the Beauly then larger Moray Firths.  About half a mile from us, inland, the ground starts rising quite sharply & Ben Wyvis at over 3,400 ft is only a few miles away to the north (currently behind cloud).

Ross-shire includes the mountainous west coast & inland, then in the east is the coastal plain & the Black Isle, which isn't black or an island  but is very fertile.  Lots of big farms there & big fields, unlike the small crofts of the more upland areas.

Our soil is very good for growing - at least it has been for the 2.5 years that we've been here!  But exceptionally stony.  For at least a couple of hundred years until the late 1800's this area was used to gather the cattle which had been driven through the glens from the north & west along the drove roads before eventually walking them down to Smithfield market in London, there was a cattle & a sheep market here, too. That's an awful lot of dung!!

Our growing conditions are good compared to the thin soils & harsh climate inland & to the west.  Our garden, all 50x50 foot of it faces north & is extremely exposed to north winds, of course the sun doesn't yet get to 95% of it at this time of year, unfortunately 

Sorry to waffle on, but to summarise the answer to the initial question - variety!




What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 16:40

What a strange day .  About every half hour the weather has changed. 

 Very windy this morning & light snowflakes were going up & sideways.  A short burst of sun followed by rain, sleet then hail, all interspersed with bright spells.  5 mins ago I could barely see the keyboard (I'm in the sunlounge) & the snow was coming down in large flakes, now it's bright & just a few fine bits are coming down - and still blowing around, but the wind has abated a lot  don't like wind.

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