Highland Jeannie

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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.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 23:30

Agreed Bunny, don't like the look of tomorrow at all!

Grey & dampish today, but wind definitely getting up now .

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 12:10

Cloud & sunshine here this morning, calm & still.

Fortunately I don't think that there was anything flying round in the wind yesterday - everything seems to be where I left it!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 23:20

Showery & 6-7c today, but the wind is realy starting to get up now.  I think everything's fairly secure.......

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 23:41

A bit windy & wet here today.

Cake, did someone mention cake???  I love cake!!!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 12:38

Glad it's all melting for most of you, still none here yet & 5c with beautiful bright sunshine.  The barometer is still very low though .

Last Feb/Mar was marvellous here, as I believe it was everywhere, but in April came the "lambing snow" so not unexpected, but much worse.  Mainly hill lambs here so ewes give birth much later supposedly to get better weather, but a lot of lambs died in the cold winds & snow/sleet.

Therefore when your ice & snow is just a distant memory I'll be on here reporting wintry conditions in the north!!


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