Latest posts by Fairygirl

WEIRD Creature!!

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 16:44

Depends where you live though Gary  

They're mainly in the warmer areas of the UK, although becoming more widespread now. There's only been a few sightings up here in Scotland, but mainly coastal areas and central belt    

Why do some tulip buds turn papery?

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 16:14
K S mith says:

 Most sites have an expert monitor who not only overlooks but advises.  GW should as well to assure that the information that is going out has quality. 

See original post

 I'm sure the moderators will be interested to hear your comments - there's a feedback option at the  bottom of the page   

This forum isn't monitored or run by the TV programme though.  

Identity of plants

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 15:53

The first one looks like a bit like an oak leaf Hydrangea. They have white flowers later in the year.

I feel that I should know the second one, but can't bring it to mind  

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 15:49

BL-  perhaps you could post the pix, then go back in right away and edit just with a basic list after you can see the order they've come out? Bit of a faff though. I use a laptop and it can be a bit of a trial sorting photos, but I know some other devices don't seem to work as well as they should on this site. Lovely set of photos as always though 

Michael - I don't really like roses, but that's gorgeous. Looking forward to more pix of your plot  

Always a delight looking on this thread - thanks to everyone for posting on it.

Problem with azalea

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 15:41

Possibly hungry and thirsty. You need a soil based compost if it's in a pot long term too, not just compost. However, they can also suffer from being waterlogged, so make sure the drainage is adequate, as they also need air around the roots. Compacted soil isn't ideal either.  I assume it's in a suitable spot, and isn't planted too deeply? Often a problem seems to suddenly appear from nowhere, but it can be an ongoing issue that has just caught up with it. What do the stems look like? Are they damaged in any way? A healthy plant will shrug off most minor pests and diseases. 

The weather early in the year has been quite hit and miss too - almost everywhere- so that could be a factor. I'd give it a bit of time. 

Quadmire lawn

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 15:26

Broken drain? 

The spring may have been diverted by someone. I'd get that checked out properly before doing anything else. 

Sorry - but I don't what 'family firm' ground is. Is that a typo?

Why do some tulip buds turn papery?

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 15:23

Well - this is a free forum and mainly populated by ordinary people who have a lot of accumulated knowledge and experience and offer their help and advice for nothing so I can't agree with you that forums are a waste of time. I've found it a huge help in the years I've been here, but if you want specialist advice, you may need to contact a specialist. 

If it was me, I wouldn't use peat free compost - I think it's uselss on the whole. Good quality compost with grit mixed in is better as a medium for them. I think you may be overthinking the problem. Tulips aren't as long lived as some other plants. Many people treat them as annuals as the ground and climate in many places isn't ideal for them. If I get two or three years out of mine I consider that a good deal. 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 15:12

Absolutely agree with you T'bird. After all - look what gardeners spend their money on  

Joking apart - yes, if they've worked hard for their money and not exploited others,noone should criticise what they spend it on. I also know someone who moans about the fact they had to pay to install new windows in their house - 'why should I, when I pay rent' -  it's a rent and buy property. 'Look at your contract' was my reply '- if you own part of it, then it'll state what you have to pay for, as opposed to the housing association maintaining it'. Too busy going on holiday three or four times a year though. Priorities are very different  

doc- you're right. You've studied for a long, long time, and worked your a**e off - so if you wanted to spend every penny on a garden full of gnomes, it's your choice! 

On a cheerier note - my clems have arrived and look lovely. They're residing in a corner, having had a little drink  

Never done any gardening before advice needed.

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 14:19

As BL has said, the paving would need a bit of turf taken out so that you can lay them to form the path. Depending on how solid the ground is, you may have to lay a bit of foundation under them, but if the ground's pretty solid and compacted, you could probably just lay them into the grass. Sometimes a layer of coarse sand is used to put them on, or a blob of mortar at each corner to stop them shifting.

For gravel, you don't need to do much, but I'd take the grass away so that you have enough depth to lay a good layer of gravel - you need a couple of inches (5 or 6 cm) to make it look decent, and it's best laid over a weed suppressing membrane if you want to put pots and containers  on it. Gravel's cheaper bought in bulk, but it will depend what access you have fro a lorry getting it into the plot, or nearby so that you can barrow it. You'll probably need a couple of bulk bags - roughly a couple of tons. 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 14:14

Prettier Hosta? Like little kittens that us girlies like...oh - maybe not....

I thnk the unfortunate issue with buying paintings or any kind of art as an investment is that it often gets tucked away because it's too valuable to be left 'out'. 

Perhaps I could have bought it and used it to scare away the local children....

I felt the same about watching 3Girls initially, but I felt I owed it to those girls to hear their story and not be a coward. There but for the grace of God and all that. It was horrifying, depressing, dreadful, miserable and downright appalling. But it was also astonishing. I'm not ashamed to say I wept at the end. Sometimes we all need a wake up call. The performances of those three young actresses was superb. The whole cast in fact. That can't have been an easy shift. 

In answer to the question about my clematis T'bird - apologies for not seeing the post - are koreana Brunette and macropetala Lemon Dream. They're arriving in the next hour  

I know Lord B is possibly a little tricky given the climate here, but I like a challenge. He may spend a little time under a perspex table I have  

Not hardy LP - pelargonium. Beautiful though, and one I've always fancied. Lovely little specialist nursery I got the plugs from. 

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