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Scotlands frozen tundra

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    Default Scotlands frozen tundra

    You will see from these pictures that living and gardening in the NE of Scotland poses dramatic challenges. As you can see below there is little hope of success with our local climate.


    Absolutely no fruit trees will grow, no summer jasmine, no peonies or foxtail lilies or roses.



    The open nature of the tundra here makes the possibility of growing apples, peaches, raspberries, blackberries, gages, damsons, cherries and pears a fruitless folly.


    Amazonian plants such as "Gussie" the Gunnera fail to break a leaf bud let alone start to produce leaves almost five feet across...very disheartening to watch.


    Himalayan blue poppies die in an instant as does the aquilegias..



    Perhaps my four bamboos, Himalayan Birch, eucalyptus trees and New Zealand daisies will manage an energetic burst of growth but I think they too will succumb like everything else...so sad.

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    You sure have some beautiful photos even if it is difficult. The blue poppies shot is my favorite of the bunch. Love the rich, saturate color.

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    Pip pip and all that. Don't let it get you down, just keep trying. I'm sure you eventually will stumble upon something that will tolerate you climate.
    Last edited by pavel; July 10th, 2011 at 11:06 AM.

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    Heehee yes, it is challenging but some day my garden will be alive with greenery! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    You sure have some beautiful photos even if it is difficult. The blue poppies shot is my favorite of the bunch. Love the rich, saturate color.

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    Thank you, BD! I didn't have around ten blue poppy plants filled with flowers this season due to the obvious several feet of snow and Arctic conditions. My twelve peonies didn't have flowers either.

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    What a joker you are, Hoanui ! I see beautiful roses, small fruit trees, ( with fruit ! ) and a lovely pink peonie in abundant bloom! There's beauty all around your home...And I think I also see a jasmine vine too...LoL You are just tooooooooo funny! Betty :-))

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    Bless ya, Betty! xxx Those fruit trees are a relatively new method of growing fruit (they're called 'Supercolumns') I'm sure the company that produces them sells them in the USA. You can plant them two feet apart - at least I could if it weren't for the terrible conditions you can plainly see.

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    It must be a burden to spend ones life in the great frozen north; barren of greenery and fruits!! What an awful parcel of land you were given...i'd move somewhere nicer if I were you. My my..... ...and here I thought it was the Irish...full of blarney and all.

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    Oh what a wasteland!! I really like the lush artificial grass, plants and flowers. I wonder why they call it 'Bonnie Scotland'? LOL

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    When I saw this title of frozen tundra, I thought I will see the grasses, mosses, and lichens, but I see you have a real junge in your garden, beautiful, haven't seen blue poppies yet...wonderful photos. You mentioned terrible conditions - what does it mean, how long and how warm the summer is, for example, and what about the winters....

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