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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Budlea Bush Pruning

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 14:41

Usually end of winter NewBoy - Feb/March to cut right back, but you can take branches back by about a third at this time of year if you want to prevent wind rock. Mature Buddleias are quite top heavy but they're also quite shallow rooted, so they can be prone to damage during stormy weather. 

Can I use any leaves for leaf mould?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 12:22

Madeleine - I had a big maple in  a previous garden and had loads of leaves for leaf mould. I used a mesh bin but as the tree got bigger I put them in black bin bags with holes. They rotted down no problem in both cases. If you have a lawnmower with a collecting bag/box ( and the inclination!) - you can pile bundles of leaves on the ground and mow over them before you store them. It just makes them smaller and they break down a bit more quickly 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 12:15

It's great Dave and I know only too well how much grafting it is.

If you want any buddleia - I have cuttings from the big white one I inherited, and also Black Knight - would be only too happy to send them in spring as I won't have room for them here. I sent Gardengirl a white one earlier this year. 

What is this pond plant please?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 11:17

Thanks for that Linda. Nice to have an expert looking in and helping out! 

Modern Technology etc.

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 09:06

I won't repeat here what I say to these cretins. It consists of two words and the second one is 'off'. They stop after that. No more Mr NIce Guy from me. 

Always read the label!

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 09:02

richondac - I do that too. I now try and make a list of what is going where especially if something else has to be moved in the process.

Only problem is - I can never find the list 

Favourite garden task?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 09:00

I'm looking forward to having the garden in a state where I can sit and enjoy the wildlife and potter a bit more rather than toiling - although I'm not very good at sitting for any length of time  

I like deadheading and picking sweet peas to bring in - still got a load growing outside the back gate. Cutting the grass - the smell of the first cut of the year is lovely.

I like just footering around looking at 'stuff' too 


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 08:53

Morning all. Is it good strong Yorkshire tea KEF? Marvellous  

Chilly today and loads of rain overnight but hopefully will dry up enough to do summat outdoors.

Nice pumpkin David 

Glad you had a lovely holiday fidget - the pix were terrific. Bet it seems like ages ago now.


Progress so far

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 18:12

Oops - sorry Daryl...

Always read the label!

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 18:07

But you gave us all a damn good laugh Tootles so it wasn't all wasted!    

I 'lost' my anemones that I bought last autumn until I found something growing in spring which I didn't recognise and had no label. I'd put them in a pot and stuck some compost over them , meaning to see to them as soon as possible  - but forgot. They were still in the string bag... 

I did get them all separated and potted up and they look quite happy. I just have to get them in the ground now 

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