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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,303
    Climbers though, as opposed to walkers. They were doing a well known climbing route  on the north face. It's avalanche season though, so it's always the risk. People die every year on our hills.  The problem with Nevis is that even in summer, people go ill equipped up the tourist route. 
    I was meaning Glen Nevis not the hill. You can park right up at the end and walk along the river. There's a good path for that bit, even in winter. If you return, you can have a go along there  :)
    @steephill is from that area too [L.Lomond/Balloch] as is my BIL. The Arrochar hills are my 'local' ones. I can see them from near my house if it's clear enough   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 1,973
    Primroses in flower. Daff bulbs showing (no flowers) and well as many other bulbs starting.
    Catkins on the hazels elongating and flower buds on our cornus mas showing.
  • Songbird-2Songbird-2 Posts: 685
    I've had a meander round the garden earlier on and have noticed some of the daffodils ( which have popped through the soil weeks ago) now have some flower buds on them! Hope they survive. Also lots of grape hyacinths bulbs have been coming through for weeks too......crazy.
  • Please consider that bulb plants need some time to develop, in average 2 to 3 months from the stage you see the green looking out until it flowers.  Seeing now daffodil green, means they are on time. Also, there are many daffodil types, and some flower in January, others in April. Hyacinths have to come out early otherwise they can't show the blossoms in February, and again, some types come out in January.

    Some of the comments here remind me on a discussion in a German blog when the blog owner wrote in November to have seen the first buds on trees. Many readers replied that it would be all down to climate change that the trees are getting confused.

    I my garden.

  • Nothing seems to stop growing during the winter down here in Cornwall. Especially weeds!
    My daffodil bulbs in troughs, and the dwarf iris in a pan, have been through for a few weeks now. Normal. Snowdrop noses have also been through for a while. I had a quick check yesterday and most of the shrubs have new buds showing and there are tiny new shoots on a lot of the perennials. The problem will be if we have a really hard frosty snap in Feb., normal, which kills the baby growth.
    The first few wild daffodils are appearing in sheltered roadside banks so Spring is lurking.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 4,695
    I agree @Joyce Goldenlily alot of my plants are just ticking along and not going dormant. 
    These Penstemon which I grew from cuttings and planted out last year, have stayed green and bushy ( even though the temps have hit -5 and its been at freezing for a few weeks) and as its my first year with them I now don't know whether to cut them shorter or not. Please excuse the scruffy look as just able to get out today for the first time to start deadheading and weeding. 😊

  • bédébédé Posts: 1,790
    edited 8 January
    Fairygirl said:
    Glen Nevis is straightforward - not hilly. 
    A gentle stroll really.  At least from the south and west.  To the north and east it drops away precipitately; very dangerous to unwary tourists.

     A work colleague of mine, fit 20 year old, keen mountain walker, went up alone before breakfast and never came back.  Found curled uo behind a rock 2m from the path.  The mist had come down and he had lost his way.  He would have done all the right things.

    I think they count the number of deaths on Ben Nevis in the dozens per year.  I hate to think what the Alps total must be.
      location: Surrey Hills, England, cretaceous acidic sand.
    "Have nothing in your garden that you don't know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 1,973
    I've got some Penstemon like that @purplerallim and am interested to know whether you decide to leave them or prune them, or what others would advise.  It seems a shame to cut them back after they've survived heat, drought and snow! 
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.
  • bédébédé Posts: 1,790
    edited 8 January

    Camellia japonica "gloire de nantes".  N-facing house wall.  

    I usually get a couple of flowers in December but tucked-in down low.  These have been going since befor eChristmas.  I rate this as the best leaf (and the flowers are good too).  They will finish in May.
      location: Surrey Hills, England, cretaceous acidic sand.
    "Have nothing in your garden that you don't know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
  •  @Simone_in_Wiltshire - I was referring to my Muscari, which usually flower in April/May, not regular Hyacinths. I agree though that it's not unusual to see some Daffs having flowers ready to burst at this time of year - always such a nice sight after Christmas :) . Can't comment on other locations but here there is most definitely signs of climate change, most notably in the summers. I remember maybe a decade ago how it was standard practice to have a moan about rubbish British summers... now I pray for rain every summer!
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