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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Bulbs, bulbs and more bulbs!

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 10:57

I agree with obelixx about snowdrops and bluebells - best in the ground not pots. You can get away with a little clump of snowdrops in a temporary display with a grass and a small shrub or something similar, but not kept there permanently. It's also a good idea to keep things together which have similar needs, so be particularly careful with alliums as they mostly like sun and sharp drainage.

As the others have said - keep it simple to give the best result   

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 10:41

Smashing bargain Will 

Little Maid is very pretty David - hope you can find it.

There's lots of pink sedums which look similar archie - Carl is another nice one. chicky's is a lovely rosy colour though - very nice 

Bulbs, bulbs and more bulbs!

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 08:56

Do you mean putting all of those in the same pot, or having a mix? 

I'd do a couple crammed with just one variety for real impact next to an entrance or  either side of a gate or something, and have the rest a mix, but I wouldn't put all the varieties in one pot.

Something I like to do is plant up several plastic pots the same size which will fit inside a nice pot . You can then swap those during the season instead of having to change them round in the specimen pots. I do them with a single variety of bulb but you could have 7 pots of early bulbs together, then change them for summer ones and so on. That might be an easier way of doing all your different types 

anyone here ever coppiced a starndard tree successfully?

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 08:40

I'd think it could work. Amelanchier are usually described as shrubs rather than trees anyway. I had one which was more 'tree like' in a previous garden, near a hornbeam hedge. I notice the new owners have assumed it's part of the hedge and have hacked it down when doing the hedge - I'll go and take a look and see what it's like!


Posted: 30/09/2014 at 08:02

Morning all you lovely people. 

Sorry to rub it in Yvie - but MrT was wonderful, funny and, as always, perfectly in tune. He'd put people half his age to shame   Don't worry - he's promised to see us all again  'next time' so start saving!  He finished by doing the traditional song 'Wild Mountain Thyme'. Just beautiful. Tears were shed...

Dry here just now but rain to come later. I have other things to do this morning so will have a quiet day. Off for a quick catch up here just now.

Help with plant ID

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 13:59

I'd agree with nut - one of the Loniceras. 

Late perennials for the white garden

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 13:55

Evergold's a terrific grass GG. You're right - it'll grow nicely almost anywhere, and works well with any planting scheme and colour.  


Posted: 29/09/2014 at 13:47


Re Radioactive - they did all sorts of sketches with recurring characters. They had a had a sketch with a radio presenter reading the traffic news report which had been written by someone typing incorrectly.  Instead of holdups 'in the City Centre', there were holdups 'inta catty sintro'. It has now become embedded in my vocabulary 

Helen Atkinson Wood and Philip Pope  were in it.  They were regularly part of Blackadder among other things - she was Mrs Miggins and he wrote a lot of the songs. The late Geoffrey Perkins, a former head of comedy at the Beeb, was also in it. They did a spoof of the Bee Gees (the HeeBee GeeBees) which became quite well known at the time. I never missed it!  

Winter and shade hanging baskets

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 10:54

Lots of hardy garden plants will be quite happy in your porch Marc. The cyclamen will enjoy shelter from the worst of the British winter and will be particularly happy with the planting Patsy has suggested. 

They won't need masses of watering as they won't dry out very quickly,  but hold a bucket underneath to avoid any wet slippers.... 


Posted: 29/09/2014 at 10:30

He's brilliant isn't he? A one off, and greatly influenced by another guitarist I admire hugely - the late Bert Jansch. Lucky enough to have seen both of them  

I've packed in quite a lot of concert going in 27 years....

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