Latest posts by Fairygirl

Hydrangea colour

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 20:08

You can't really 'change' the soil type you have. If you have a pink hydrangea, that's it - it's pink. It may alter slightly depending on the acidity/alkalinity of the soil, but it won't make a pink one blue, if that's what you're trying to do. 

 If your soil isn't suitable for the colour you want to grow, you can grow them in pots or containers. 

Nose care

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 19:25

Philippa - a big advantage of hillwalking in winter is the gloves - nice big fleecy ones. They're ideal. The lighter ones for spring or autumn are never as absorbent  

Composting in a tiny patio garden

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 19:15

I totally agree Will - I'd much rather look at that too - but I don't think it would be top of my list as a choice, bearing in mind the cost of them! 

The timber beehive ones are very smart, but also pricey.   If anyone's handy with a saw and a screwdriver - they could fashion a timber outer for a plastic bin too. In fact, I might even adopt that idea myself!   

Rhododendron Dora Amateis

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 18:15

Hi Sue - if the soil's light that won't be great. Also, if it's next to an established luteum, that will be using up a lot of moisture - they're thirsty plants. I'm assuming if you've had it that long, it's not been pot bound, and the roots have actually got out into the soil further away? I think if you beef up the area it's in with some better soil and perhaps some well rotted manure, so that there's a bit more substance to the growing medium, that will help. It still needs good drainage though. 

Having said that, if it's been struggling for a while, it might be too late. If it was mine, I'd prune it back to a healthy leaf joint, and give it some decent soil/manure to grow in. Water well and mulch after watering. Have you a photo of it from a bit further away, to give an idea of where it's growing too? That will help with advice   

Whos eating my lillys!

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 18:05

Slugs possibly, or  birds.

Ants don't eat plants - they do 'farm' aphids for the honeydew, and there may be some aphids on  the lilies, but you would see evidence of those. Aphids can cause a bit of damage, but it doesn't look like that - they suck sap which casues distortion. 

Have you got a photo of the wholeplant, not just a close up of the flowers? That will help  

Black garden after Evergreen 4 in 1.

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 17:59

I've never had an issue with weed and feed either. It's important to use the correct amount according to the instructions. Even an over applied feed will cause problems.

It's also easy to think you don't have much moss, and it's only when these products are applied that you find out there's more than you realise. To be honest - you only need to look at the surroundings of the garden in that picture to know there will be lot of moss. 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 17:53

Evening all. Forgot we'd have a new thread  

All these folk with gammy legs - hope it's not catching - I need that like a hole in the head right now!

Glad you're all on the mend. I take it you won't be roller skating for a while Dove?   

Is your eye a lot better then LP? Horrible injury to have. You'd think opticians would have a bit of training re plant injuries. Very interesting that they don't. 

Welcome newbies - hope you enjoy the chit chat 

Gey damp here, but got a lot  after work yesterday, as it was quite pleasant after the cold and rain on Monday and Tuesday. Took some time to watch the busy blue tits and sparrows at the feeders. One of the blue tits goes to the sunflower heart feeder, takes one out and flies the eighteen inches to the 'cage', goes inside and eats it. Repeats that over and over again. He must feel safe in there  

Lovely residents T'bird and doc. I always thought wagtails were ground nesters - not sure why I think that though. 

5 week old tomato plant leaf problem

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 17:42

Yes - try to water at  the base of the plant only. It's beneficial to have some shading to hand now - in case we get some summer sun here! Greenhouses can build up a huge amount of heat, so it can be very difficult to keep an even temperature. Even a warm, cloudy day can create a lot of heat, so ventialtion is vital.

We never said it would be easy Jamie  

Oh - and ignore Dove - she's at a loose end with her injured peg-leg - and she's getting up to mischief.....

Composting in a tiny patio garden

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 17:37

Somewhat expensive to use for compost bins  

A plastic dustbin or even a small  kitchen bin would be ideal if you only have a small space. 

Grass Scissors

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 17:35

Topiary shears - the same thing as the ones on the link Ladybird provided. There isn't really anything else I know of, unless you just buy ordinary large scissors. Possibly the kind for wallpapering would be best.

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