Latest posts by Fairygirl

Plants identity

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 19:11

The foliage on the third/fourth plant looks like rocket, but the flowers look different. 

The last one looks like one of those fleshy little alpine or 'cress' type plants - an Arabis or something similar

How to keep birds off newly seeded lawn

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 11:19

I don't find they touch it. Perhaps if you sow a little more heavily...some for me, some for the birds....

It might also be time of year. In autumn, there's less food, and newly sown grass seed is an easy meal. Do you have birdfeeders out or a feeding regime for them? That might be worth doing. If it's a small area you're sowing, you can stretch netting over it. 

Tulip gavota

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 10:58

Euphorbia's a great idea C'rose. I have a little one I just bought which would be lovely with those tulips. Also, Imperata 'Red Baron' or the new one I have, Uncinia 'Everflame', which would set those off perfectly. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 10:52

Just beautiful BL. Imagine having the view of that chateau on a regular basis. Glorious  

The architecture in Europe is stunning. 

Some of those would be nice jigsaws too  

I hadn't realised the strange fact of Guernsey being part of Britain but not the UK. Perhaps GD will explain if she pops in. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 10:47

I don't find the steamer particularly good although it seemed like a good idea at the time. It always feels top heavy....

I should really go and be productive now. Too easy to footer on here while catching up on things I've recorded or planning my route for tomorrow. Pat's got me hooked on that jigsaw site now too.... 

Perhaps another coffee and  toasted cinnamon bagel - having that instead of tea and porridge today. I know how to live ...

Help yourself  

......the good guys

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 10:40

The place to get proper hoice is online wakeshine, unless you're lucky enough to have a good GC or nursery nearby. The supermarkets and diy stores will only stock popular varieties and a limited range. There are hundreds of varieties of tulip and narcissus, for instance. The only problem is, once you start looking, the list gets longer....

Camera Talk

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 10:35

I've already done several jigsaws Pat  

I wasn't sure if I'd done the right things as I couldn't 'see' them either! I found it very enjoyable 

I did these photos - one from last week's walk

Arrochar hills 

The 'balanced' rock on Beinn an Lochain

The little lochan at the north end of Loch Treig up at the Easains

a hoverfly in the garden last year

and a mossy wall in Glen Doll

Lawn centre piece needed

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 10:14

If you have the right aspect, a Camellia would be stunning, strummingdave. If the site's a bit exposed, the flowers may take a battering in spring weather, but they're superb in the right conditions. Beautiful evergreen. Keep it well watered through summer if you're in an area of low rainfall though  

I know you're keen to have an evergreen, but don't dismiss the weeping ornamental pear Pyrus salicifolius. Beautiful if you get a good, well shaped one to start with, and can be pruned to keep it from getting too big. 

Are these foxgloves ?

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 09:54

Yes - lots of nice little plants to place somewhere 

Tulip gavota

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 09:42

It really depends on the look you want to achieve. If you want bold - use a bright yellow or red planting. If you want subtle, use plum coloured foliage, or white flowered plants to set the tulips off.

A simple look would be to use euonymous round it which can be clipped. You could add some of the stronger coloured daffs and narcissi as well.That would give a striking look.   Hardy white geraniums would give a softer look, and you could also add some cream or white tulips as well. 

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