Posted: 20/05/2012 at 20:35
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