Latest posts by Fairygirl

Inexperienced Gardener - Daffodils in a pot

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 09:40

If you intend putting them in the garden, just plant them now. They won't appreciate being left to dry out. The foliage should be left on till it dies down and disappears as that feeds the bulb for the following year. Once the foliage is completely brown and dead, you can remove it. It will usually just pull away in your hand. 

Alternatively, you can replant the bulbs in a bigger pot with some garden soil, and just put them somewhere out of the way for now if you don't have a spot ready for them in the garden. 

Lichen in grass and composting

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 09:35

Hi Felicity - dog lichen is usually an indication of damp, shady, usually compounded ground, so if you address that, it should be less of a problem in future. Scarifying, feeding and regular mowing will get the grass in good shape. 

In the meantime, I think one of the weed and  feed products will get rid of it. I used to get it in my old garden where I had two large trees - that's the normal situation for it.   As long as I used a product in spring, it didn't appear  through the season. I didn't compost it after using weed and feed, but if you remove it by digging out, I'm sure you can compost it - it's not an issue   

Advice needed for training climbers

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 09:26

I can't see your link, but any climber which isn't self clinging needs a support. Trellis is ideal, which you would attach to your wall with screws. Plant your climbers about a foot or eighteen inches away from the wall, and lean a couple of canes against the trellis (from the plant) for the climber to reach it. Unravel any stems which are tied into the cane it probably came with, and tie them gently to the lowest bits of the trellis with soft string, fanning them out as well as you can. They 'll gradually spread out as well as up. Just tie them in as they grow. Make sure they have adequate space to fill out without getting too entangled with each other. 

If you don't want to use trellis, you can use vine eyes screwed into the wall with sturdy wire attached. Place them at regular intervals (about a foot to eighteen inches) horizontally on the face of the wall, and then use the same method of attaching. 


Posted: 10/06/2017 at 09:17

Maureen - also make sure the medium you have it in is suitable. A soil based compost if it's going to be potted long term. 

Although they need plenty of moisture, be careful that it isn't getting waterlogged either. Good drainage is necessary for your pot too. If you can raise it off the ground with little pot feet or similar, that will ensure excess water can get away 

Gardeners world , beech grove

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 09:12
Forestedge says:

Like you Jason, I hope that Beechgrove keep to their original format of 'practical' gardening.  Last week was a visit to a garden show with annoying camera work zooming in and out.  Hopefully they will be back to 'normal' by next week.  Fingers crossed. Keep watching.

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They've always visited that show. It's the only one they do, as it's the only one we have up here. I personally loathe all these shows, but many people can't get to them so it's of interest to a lot of folk. I don't think it's such a hardship to devote one programme to it. 

Re G's World - they did state last week that the programme would primarily be from there. They do that regularly when these shows are on. 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 17:20
Hostafan1 says:

I've just stuffed myself with strawberries from the polytunnel.  I thought it was easier than coming over to the house to get a bowl. 

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 Greedy b***er   

Bog Garden Multch

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 17:12

Hi GD - how's the pond doing? 

The only issue with bark is that the blackbirds like chucking it around, so you'll need to have a little fishing net if it gets into the water 

Help identifying 2 plants

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 16:19

Have you paid for your advert angie? 

Details are at the bottom of the page....

That geranium looks like the one we have everywhere round here! No idea which one it is, but it's a useful filler if you need one. 

Shrubs and bushes for birds

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 16:16

So - an advert then Angie?  

Anything that produces berries is great for birds, markos, so that's always a good start, from common old Cotoneaster to things like Amelanchier and Pyracantha. They also like Mahonia berries. Rowans  ( Sorbus, Mountain Ash not Whitebeam) if you have room for a little tree. 

Also - almost any shrub will be useful to give them cover, especially near bird feeders. I have Philadelphus near mine, as well as Osmanthus burkwoodii. Sarcococca (winter box) is also useful.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 16:11

Sarah Bernhardt possibly LP?

Love your poppy/birdbath area 

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