Highland Jeannie

Latest posts by Highland Jeannie

Have region as well as name

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 23:35

Hence my name!   The only thing is that we're only a few feet above sea level & in the sheltered Beauly Firth, it's a very different story gardening 30 miles south of here. (Frost in August!!)

But of course many areas have their own local microclimate.

Astrantias not flowering

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 21:43

I planted some astrantias earlier this year in our new garden - they're blooming very well - sorry!!  

Garden Hoses

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 10:02

Can't remember what make ours is; very likely Hozelock, it's bright green & has 2 narrower yellow stripes.

Why can't someone make the fittings "fit" - they all drip when in use  !!

Garden Hoses

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 21:30

Hi, we used a (borrowed) coiled hose for a while & also found it easy to trip over & it didn't stretch as far as it should either.

When we bought our own new one last year we opted for one advertised as "non-kink," (has a stripe down it) - so far so good .   Strangely we haven't used it much lately........

Fiskars Weed Removing Tool

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 17:37

We did buy it (discounted )  & I finally used it yesterday.

It did a sterling job with the creeping buttercup & as Jaycee says, it's all done from the standing position & I did enjoy flicking the weed into the bucket!  I just filled the holes with compost & grass seed.


Posted: 20/05/2012 at 20:35

Yikes Hezzie,

Moving to Shetland - you haven't got your troubles to seek have you - salt; peat; wind & latitude! 

Having visited both Orkney & Shetland several times (as you'll know, both sets of islands are very different from each other) we really liked both places & the people there are just lovely, but my husband & I agreed that we could never live there; we couldn't stand the constant wind. 

I'm sure you know what they say happens to Shetlanders when they go on holiday- as soon as they get off the plane they fall over - they forget that they don't have to lean into the wind!

I'm finding that quite a lot of my plants seem to get wind burn, but we're in the Moray Firth area, positively balmy in comparison.  I suppose you do have 1 consolation - you can garden nearly 24 hours a day just now as it's so light!  At least your plants will have a few months to settle in now before the arrival of the winter storms...........

I think that a Gardener's World from Shetland is an excellent idea; it's so very different from gardening in the vast majority of the UK. I have noticed that this year there are a number of gardens opening there under the yellow book scheme - you could go along & pick some brains there!

Cheers & good luck



Posted: 22/04/2012 at 22:13

I had a few wooden ones last year & where I used a felt pen is now a damp, black & muddy mess, but where I used a biro it's more legible. (They might be better if the stick dried out).

Fiskars Weed Removing Tool

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 22:02

Hmmm, 2 opposite views!

Thanks anyway, I'll have to see how much it's discounted.......

Fiskars Weed Removing Tool

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 19:18

Thanks for that Peteballan - certainly agree about the marketing!

Fiskars Weed Removing Tool

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 15:03

Has anybody got one of these?  Is it any good?

Local gc has a sale on just now & hubby thinks that the long handle would save his back.

Surely it can't be as easy as they show........ can it??



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