Latest posts by Fairygirl

Dahlia outside

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 19:53
Rob Lockwood says:
Re overwintering in the ground: soil's important too. Mine have survived 2 winters here in Nottingham with a foot-high pyramid of soil piled up on top, but my soil's sandy and very free-draining: heavier soils will collect all the damp around the tubers and more likely rot them. See original post

 Exactly Rob. That's not the sort of soil conditions ( and climate ) we have up here. Cold and dry is always better for overwintering many plants   

Our winters last a lot longer - we have more cold months than warmer ones too. Like a lot of areas in the UK, we have a shorter season, and our average summer temp is less than 20 degrees. Our average annual rainfall is around four feet (in this region)  so when you combine the two, you can see why dahlias aren't left in the ground!

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 18:13


I was on Albannaich (Glen Etive) in June last year  and it was snowing for a little while near the summit. The schlepp up the glen however, was roasting. I had a little paddle on the way back down though. Just the ticket   

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 17:42

I'm slightly more discerning about the weather now - too many days in mist, horizontal wet and clag, seeing nowt!

At least there won't be much snow lying this year   

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 17:24

Lovely view scroggin   

DId you watch the recent programme about the Downs?

I'll arrange some nice weather for you if I can, but June in Scotland is tricky.....

Brown spots on tomato leaves

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 17:04

Looks like a bit of water spray on leaves to me, although if they've been outdoors, it could also be a bit of cold wind/frost/rain  damage. Are you in the UK, Pete? 

Different colour tomato leaves

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 17:01

They look good Stephanie 

I don't bother with seed trays for toms - I sow direct into small pots, and usually mid March. They germinate, grow on quickly and are ready for the next size before you know it. Saves a lot of faffing too - (pricking out from a tray ) which is fine if you're growing loads of them, although then you have the issue of space - as you're discovering!

It's like any plant - some will grow more quickly than others, some will use up nutrients more quickly etc etc. I think you're doing fine. Seed compost is fine for autumn sown seeds, as you don't want them getting big, and then leggy over winter. Tomatoes are best in a decent compost as you're usually sowing in late winter/early spring. 

Young clematis

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 08:12

EV is a viticella so it flowers later in the year. I have an alpina there too, which is on the  fence at the right hand end of that. It's just finished flowering recently, so they make a good partnership.  I have a large flowering variety further along the fence to the left which flowers just now, and there's another alpina to go (still choosing!) in between those. 

They're very addictive - so make plenty of room for more!

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 08:03

Nice sharp ones needed Pat....

Gorgeous colour though.

Lovely pix Joyce. Nice to have a bit of sun on them too.

Your Clematis are further ahead than here Goldfinch. Lovely.  Niobe won't be long in my garden - loads of fresh buds on it. Probably my favourite plants 

Tomatoe plant dead

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 07:56

Enjoy eating them when they appear Sam  

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 07:52

Morning all/afties Pat - hope you're taking it easy today. You're coming up for 28 remember...

Hope your first day goes well Clari 

Just watching the breakfast news earlier on beeb 1 and our main ribbon supplier was on. It reminded me of a phone conversation my colleague last week with them. The red that we used has the name 'passion'......

L - 'can you tell me if the ribbon's been dispatched?

Cole - yes , most of it'

L - 'what's missing? It's passion I'm desperate for......'

It took her a few seconds to realise why we were all laughing. 

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