Latest posts by Fairygirl

Which tree??

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 21:53

Only something columnar would look ok too. Anything 'tree' shaped would have to be butchered constantly to fit. 

Is there a reason for wanting a tree? If it's for privacy, you'd be better putting a hedging plant in and keeping it pruned to fit. Hornbeam or Beech retain their foliage and are happy to be kept tight. Amelanchier lamarckii can be grown in a tree like way - ie  keeping a main trunk and having a canopy, but there really isn't much room for anything bigger to grow successfully, and even an Amelanchier would need pruning to keep it where you want it.

Big garden bird watch 2017

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 21:43

Too late now I'd reckon - the birdwatch was two weeks ago...

The version of our gardens that we long to see again

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 18:44
WonkyWomble says:

 spring is supposed to arrive Wednesday, so why not! I had my first snowdrop open today and first crocus also! 

See original post

 That's it - I'm moving south!

Even Joyce has got crocus open, and she's only half an hour south of me  

There's nae danger of that. Too far from the best hills. I'll get short shrift from the Welsh, Yorkshire and Cumbrian forkers now..... 

Gorgeous pix Salvia. Pond looks very established and settled. You must be thrilled with it. For 'novice gardeners' you're not doing too badly   

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 18:38

Trust you Hosta.... 

That's what worries me Firecracker. Being a Scot - I don't like the idea of spending money on something if it goes to waste....  

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 18:22

Are you north east England Zenjeff?

I've never seen them regularly in any garden I've had. Rural, semi rural - different locations, although all west of Scotland. Not really sure if they're  just not as common here, or whether it's down to the food supply and where it is. I do use sunflower hearts in my feeders.

I'm loathe to invest in them but perhaps I should give one of the niger feeders a go and see if I can tempt them in  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 18:00

Is that the exhaust of a car fidget, or his exhaust? I know which option would get the best result.....or the most satisfatory  

I sympathise. The tw*t that lives at the back of me is the same. I feel like saying why don't you fill them with petrol and double their value right away? Nothing a good flamethrower wouldn't sort. He's always faffing with them too - engines revving and God know what. 

I'm not sure how good some of these agents are either. You still have to be pro-active with it all. They'll shove anyone in if they can get away with it.

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 17:54

Lovely to see those goldfinches Zenjeff. Never see them in gardens round here - saw a couple at my previous house round the corner, but it was a one off. Too much grub for them over in the NT garden across the road I reckon.

They're really pretty little things Liri. Goldcrests and Siskins! Haven't seen the goldcrests here this winter at all.

Nice box Hosta. I should really do something similar - I've got plenty of offcuts of timber  

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 17:47

What a shame GD. It's quite sad when the ground is disappearing, even if it's removing something which is a reminder of an unhappy time. I was wondering what the little building was too.

Lovely pix Liri. Hoar frost makes a great subject when it's on vegetation of any kind. Love the tree too. 

Loch Linnhe - like most of our lochs - is beautiful at any time, but there's no doubt the blue sky and a 'dicht' of snow add a certain something. Hope it warms up for you in March. The winds have been pretty brisk recently. 

I was just looking at a chap's walk report from Saturday - one of the four Tyndrum hills - and the summit cairn pic is spectacular. It's a wave of frozen snow. Wish I could do a link to it. it's really beautiful  

The snow was so dazzling on The Mamores and the Nevis hills that they almost didn't show up properly in the photos. Always a delight when it's like that.

I stopped and took a quick pic of Ben Lomond on the way back too, to add to my collection of  'The Beacon HIll' of Glasgow. The clag that had shrouded it on the outward journey had lifted from the summit.  

Recommend a plant/herb to reduce joint pain.

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 17:21

I'd agree with Muddle Up. 'Knee joint pain' is a very general term which can cover loads of different knee problems, most, or many, of which can't be cured by simply rubbing something into them. 

First place to go is the doc and get a proper diagnosis.  

Claiming a grass verge?

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 08:07

The bottom line is, as the verge is not your property, the council can make you remove anything you plant, especially if they get complaints. 

If you want to make a barrier (although I thought there was a low wall, so I'm a bit confused) but are concerned about the proximity to the road, how a bout a strip of gravel for bypassers' emergencies (inexpensive) and then some dense planting, jaggy or otherwise,  to the inside of it?

Just a thought, for what it's worth  

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keep posting your non gardening photos here 
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