Latest posts by Fairygirl

Clearing a garden

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 21:03

Robin Bathing

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 20:43

I've got another one now Fishy ..

Planting to follow, along with some 'finishing' gravel and a bit of adding and re-arranging of the stones and rocks next to the old tree stump on the right hand side. A fair bit of faffing, in other words! 


 hedgehog's not real....he'll get a special spot as we've had him for years...

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 20:29

These are my stars just now - sweet peas and verbena bonariensis 


 though ironically, the sweet peas aren't in the garden. They're on the outside of the fence - in the bit where I park the car..


 and they're the best sweet peas I've got this year...they're  seeds gathered from last year's plants ! 


Posted: 12/09/2014 at 20:21

No need for that language fidget...

Clearing a garden

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 20:18

You could always pave over it Mr T....

Seriously, I think you need to grin and bear it for now, and you can start a lawn maintenance programme next spring. It's too soon to be applying anything chemical, but you can hand weed where possible, just to stop them getting the upper hand before next spring -  when they'll take off and be like triffids as soon as you turn your back....


Posted: 12/09/2014 at 20:08

Glad that went well for you Verd. Hopefully you'll get a positive outcome. 

Perhaps in years to come that boy will thank you for giving him a fright. It may change his outlook. I'd like to think so, although it saddens me that hospital waiting rooms are targets for thieves. 

Nursery had the huge sprinklers on in the outside areas today. Hard to believe how little rain we've had up here this summer. It's further west than me, which is usually even wetter, but the ground's bone dry. 

Have taken a few pix so will put them on the appropriate threads.


Posted: 12/09/2014 at 18:53

DD - he looks a bit like the ginger cat I used to have . He was useless too - couldn't catch cold...

Lesley - I forgot to answer your query re fairylet's glasses. Oldest has worn them for a few years, but she only has one pair. Her sight's altered a little so we got an updated pair and the old ones will be spare. Youngest was struggling to see the board in class, hence the visit. Don't have to pay for her lenses as she's 17, and didn't have to pay for oldest's as the frames were over a certain price. She's going to pay me back when she gets her first wage though as she's just got a part time job. At this rate I'll be getting a month's wages 

I've always quite fancied a trillium fidget, and they grow well up here - climate suits them. We will require pix 

There was nice dwarf Geum for those of you who like the bright orange ones. It was called 'Koi' - colour of a goldfish. I assume that's the reason for the name! 

Hedge disease

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 17:46

It does look like beech. Is there any drainage in the container Schroedinger? It doesn't look as if there is - which could be a big problem. Beech, in particular, doesn't like being soggy. 

PS love the last cartoon! 


Posted: 12/09/2014 at 17:36

No BM - would be fatal if I worked in that nursery! 

Managed to restrain myself - replaced the geraniums I bought from Jackson's with the one I actually ordered - renardii. If only the nursery had been stocking it at the time I ordered it would have saved me money  Got a low growing sedum - Ruby Glow which has quite dark flowers, but not the purple stemmed one I was going for. Also a Libertia 'Goldfinger'  for near the pond....which has been cleaned and filled, and was being used by two young magpies when I came home!  I still have some gravel to get and organise plants but the local wildlife can get use of it now. 

Damp curtain hanging? Think I'd still have to iron them Steve...

Wire mesh over the bulbs when you plant DD - easier when they're in pots. That works quite well , unless you're invaded by them.  Mainly the small ones they go for - crocus etc. I've used fine plastic netting as well although I'm not bothered by mice here in this area. More of a problem when I was rural, but we only had daffs and snowdrops. Rabbits ate everything else so we stuck with those. Mice never touched the snowdrops but they probably didn't need to - plenty of other stuff for them to eat!

What holly to plant for berries

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 14:37

Lovely archie 

I'd give them a good bit of room if you can Lesley -  a couple of metres apart anyway - so that you can let them get the conical shape - I'm fairly sure the gold one grows like that but I could be completely wrong! If you're not  bothered about that you could put them closer so that you can get in to prune etc.


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