Latest posts by Fairygirl

Problem with Heuchera plant

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 19:23

That's useful info Lyn - thanks. I couldn't remember if they were only applied in spring!

I've never used them. We do have vine weevils, and I do have  quite a few heucheras, in pots and in the ground, but I haven't had any issues with them. They did devour a nice new sedum I bought a while ago though  

Wildlife photos

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 19:04

Not a clue Obelixx. Haven't had time to try and find out. I put him on Forkers in the hope someone  might know.  

Josusa - you'd have to watch out for splinters too.....

Wildlife photos

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 18:02


Do they taste good?  

BL - I get a lot of mine from the kitchen or bedroom window, as I can see the bird cage from those. 

The little wren (or it may be another one!) appeared just at the right moment today 

and this little chap was on the front wall of the extension while I was working there earlier 


Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:57

Yes - not terribly big Kate. About an inch, or slightly more,  in each direction  

To Feed or not to Feed

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:52

I'd agree with Dove. You've given it a greatstart, and generally, it's recommended not to feed a new lawn until about six months after laying or sowing. 

I'd leave till spring now. 

Agree about the length of cut too - if it gets scalped at this time of year, it's less likely to grow well enough, and it's easier for weeds and moss to make inroads as the grass has then been weakened. 

Vandalised hedge

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:48

I have a Mahonia, and a Holly as well DHR  

Never thought of that philippa. Now where's my saw?......

Problem with Heuchera plant

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:46

There is a product you can buy Leonard, but it's name escapes me. You can also get nematodes to apply, which is more eco friendly, but those need warmer weather to use. They're mostly applied in spring I think. They tend to work better in pots than in open ground. 

If you can see the little white-ish grubs in and around the plant roots, you can tip everything out on a sheet of plastic or similar, and the birds will snaffle them up. Clean off the soil from the plant roots and check there aren't any more, and then repot your plant.

It's the larvae that do the damage, but if you see any adults, squish them and it helps to prevent more of the b***ers! 

Pruning castor oil plant

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:39

Yes GD - you're right in that your plant is the castor oil plant - Ricinus. Yours looks stunning. 

Fatsia used to get called the False Castor Oil, but as there was a pic in the OP's original post, I think most of us just went with it!  

I don't have an OH any more, to please or otherwise, so if I wanted twenty Fatsias - I'll have them  


Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:33

Quite a lot of us here grow, or have grown,  Cannas, as well as other tropical or 'tropical appearing' plants Kate, but there's a virus which attacks them and it's been a bit prevalent this year. I'd intended getting another one  for this garden, but it's put me off. Pity - as they're stunning plants, especially the foliage  

I don't really have anywhere to overwinter them anyway now, so after losing the last one, I just have to find alternatives. 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:28
Joyce21 says:

Well after a sh*t morning the sky is blue and the sun's out

Hope it's the same with you Fairy.

See original post

It was indeed Joyce. Just came in half an hour ago, as I'd finished what I was doing, and there was a huge bank of ominous clouds coming in. Skelping down now, andfeels like it could be thunder.y 

I know I shouldn't say this but, the unpleasant man who objected to a neighbour last year telling off his brats and turned up at her door giving her grief, has just gone past with his dog and brat out for their 'run', and I'm hoping he gets well caught in it.....

Naughty fairy 

We'll just shout at you next time Dove 

That's a long time you've had issues with your foot/feet Obelixx. Worth checking - certainly.

Managed to catch a pic of a nice little caterpillar (not sure what it is but hopefully someone will ID it )  and also the wren appeared on the back fence and I got a pic of him/her too. Will put them on the wildlife thread 

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