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Cranberry bush

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 13:47

Hi all

I bought 3 little cranberry plants online last year, possibly from Van Meuwen (?), something like 3 for £9.99, and put one each in it's own planter (the square plastic type).  I put an inch or so of sand as a top layer, I read online somewhere that this is beneficial to the plants (?).  Maybe to just stop the fruits getting dirty.......

I'm pleased to say that all 3 plants are going great guns, and are shooting out all over the place.  There are a good few handfuls of cranberries on each plant, massive, about twice the size of blueberries, like marbles !!!

I didn't pick them this winter, but they're all still there (birds haven't nicked them), so maybe I'll pick them soon, and cook down into a sauce / jelly.  I live in NE Scotland, haven't fed or watered the plants, and they seem to be doing very well so far !!

Good luck if you try growing them.

Grandpa had one just like it

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 16:11
"I always remember the aroma as you opened the shed door,with the smell of oily rags and geranium cuttings and the ball's of string e.t.c."   One of my sheds has a lovely well used shed smell, the old boy who owned my cottage before me was 87 and he had pots and pots of screws, nails, bits and pieces.  When I moved in I went through everything having a clearing out session, and now I have pots of screws, nails, bits and pieces, plus the old garden tools that were left, spades and shovels from goodness knows what year - totally fab !  I enjoy using them, knowing they've done a lot of work in the garden already   He had a veg plot the width of the garden, 150 foot !!!!!  got a couple of cracking overhead photos.


Posted: 23/10/2013 at 16:04


Posted: 22/10/2013 at 14:13

Hi lucky10carol


Please, please don't have your box south facing, where it will get the sun.  I stupidly positioned one on the front of my garage last year, 'coz it looked nice at the front of the garage', and I thought I could watch the parent birds come and go.  I was absolutely devastated to find that a whole family of baby coaltits had suffocated in the blistering sun.  I've now moved the box to the back of the garage, where it is not in the sun, but is out of chillling winds, and has the protection of a laurel hedge nearby.  Not sure if anything nested in it this year, as I'm yet to look at the box, and clean it out ready for next year.


Good luck with getting nesting birds

Bird Identification

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 14:08

cracking photos Mrs G  !


I've got a sparrowhawk which visits my garden, though haven't seen him / her for a while now, though often go home to find 'road kill' in my garden, usually just a pile of feathers  

Conference pears

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 14:00

 "It seems that pears don't in fact ripen on the tree!"

How interesting hypercharleyfarley!!

I never knew that.  I've been trying to squeeze the pears on my tree for weeks and weeks now, waiting for them to soften up so I can pick and scoff them, so this explains why they're all still hard as rocks !!!

I'll see if I can gently twist some off, as have had my eye on about half a dozen nice blushed ones, not sure of the variety, I thought Williams, but not sure.  Then I will put to the side with a banana for company and then scoff.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 14:27

wall to wall blue sky and sun in Moray, Scotland  my sister in Hampshire has rain bucketing down, apparently ha ha ha ha ha !

potted acer

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 10:18

Hi Our Gertie

Is it in the sun / wind ?  might be sun / wind burn ?  I lost a lot of leaves from an acer years ago from the wind burn  then it died in a very harsh winter (NE Scotland)


Have a new acer now, just a tiddly one at 2 foot tall, but it is coming along nicely - it's in a very sheltered spot standing in front of a large laurel hedge


Posted: 29/08/2013 at 14:35

I live in NE Scotland, so only have the red squirrels thank goodness.  I'm surrounded by woodland, and I absolutely love the squirrels, and built a special feeder box for them - though the devils don't use it, they use the peanut feeder instead, and the birds use the squirrel feeder box - doh !

I've also named my regular 2 visitors Seb and Stevie - sorry

Stevie is the baby, with a fuzzy blond tail


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 12:00

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