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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Fine lawn seed or rye mix??

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 07:32

I'd say that's about right Leif - it also depends on the climate and the kind of mower you have - if I cut on the lowest setting on mine it's scalped.  We get a lot of rainfall so I cut on the mid setting on my  mower  every 5 or 6 days...if it's not raining...

If it's yellow when you're cutting - it's too short! 

Window box

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 16:57

Hi angie - what sort of size is the window box and what aspect? That will help with suggestions, although I'm guessing it's reasonably sunny if you normally use annuals etc.

You could go for a more structured look using box balls and ivy - planting crocus in between them in autumn gives you an all year round effect. Some of the very small Hebes would give the same look as the box but with less effort. If you like herbs you could put a selection in there for a more informal look. 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 13:09

That table and chairs is just waiting for a couple of bottoms to be parked along with a cuppa mrhursty  

Miss Bateman - first couple of flowers. They had a nice pale green bar but that has disappeared a bit. Clematis 'Niobe' has a couple of flowers  about to open as well. Looking forward to those



Posted: 31/05/2015 at 12:09


Hope you have a nice list for the GC  Yvie  

pyracantha problems

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 12:07

I rescued a sad looking pyracantha from the GC about 18 months ago - same problem. I pruned all the bits off and  removed them from around the plant. It's survived although it's not great, but it's in beside my hedging so I'm not worried if it doesn't do very well. I've kept an eye on it and it seems ok this year.

Anyone seen any ladybirds?

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 12:04

I must be in a minority - I've seen more ladybirds in the last couple of months than I've seen in years 

There's loads congregating on parts of my blackthorn hedge. I recently had one on each of my three vernicosa Hebes which I have in large pots. No aphids anywhere really but I've also stopped growing lots of stuff that's susceptible  which probably helps.

Preparing hard-packed soil to start a garden from scratch

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 10:48

This is what a part of my garden looked liked less than two years ago

 compacted rough grass.

Dug over and a layer of manure put on it - it now has plants looking like this

The effort you put in now will pay off.  


Posted: 31/05/2015 at 10:35

Hi Woody - how are all the new bits of your garden coming on? 

Hope your open day goes well 


Posted: 31/05/2015 at 10:13

Think I'm heading that way chicky.....


Posted: 31/05/2015 at 09:55

I have that obsession too chicky 

I'm so obsessed I looked it up - OCWCD - Obsessive Compulsive Weather Checking Disorder 

Have a lovely holiday Liri - pix are an absolute must. Bet the landscape will be stunning  

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