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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Orchid box

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 17:35

Many orchids like light round the roots so I wonder if the spaces all round the container may help that Kate. You often see them sold in clear pots.

I know nothing about orchids though!  


Posted: 23/06/2015 at 17:30

LP - I just got one of those log burner/barbecue/burner thingies for the garden. It was so cold the other day when it came I almost put it together in the lounge and threw some furniture and a lit match on it ....

I'll have to go and cut the grass and do a couple of jobs while it's still dry before I get my dinner and conk out for the evening 

Enjoy your new pal Matty  

Shock!!! Horror!!!

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 17:26

Has anyone been near a primary school playground in the last fifty years? 

I take offence at people who get offended on my behalf. 

I'll decide what or who offends me - thanks very much BBC and do gooders everywhere  


Posted: 23/06/2015 at 12:37

Hose 'em off Edward 

It's not likely to cause a problem on an established shrub, unless it's suffering from stress in some way. Do you feel your buddleia might be under stress? They're usually pretty tough and can cope with most problems that nature throws at them. If you can encourage some birds in to eat them - hang a feeder in the branches - they will soon hoover them up as well.


Posted: 23/06/2015 at 07:44

Morning all. Hope you get better news today Verd. Makes you stop and think, as you rightly say.

Is doc away on his hols? Not seen him. I must have missed that if he is. 

CLari - have you got plenty of handcuffs and tazers for that lot today?....

We have sun  Fingers crossed it actually stays for the day - unlike yesterday when it rained all morning after a nice start! 

Off to work in a few mins so I'll catch you all later. Will have to get grass etc done after work as there's more wet stuff forecast for tomorrow 

Have a good day everyone

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 07:38

befuddled - unfortunately plants of any kind have to be given a chance to do what they do . A cold spring this year has also slowed growth of lots of shrubs/perennials/trees in many areas. Pruning promotes growth but growth doesn't happen overnight and there are loads of factors which dictate just how quickly it happens. Anything which grows three or four feet in a matter of weeks will be a huge problem in due course.

If you don't want to wait the alternative is really a 10 foot fence or wall. 

AWB - you can prune them anytime really. They're tough as old boots. I've never grown cuttings of them but I'm sure someone will know. I'd expect they're pretty straightforward. 


Posted: 22/06/2015 at 20:09

How lovely BL  Hope Mum is doing well and you had a nice time with baby. I was quite relieved to read he was a baby....."Baby is cute but like a baby"....

Can I come to your open day DD? How long will it take me to get there? Dundee cake, scones and  shortbread...yum yum. Are you really Scottish?  

Hope all is fine with your dil LP. Always a bit of a worry if things aren't 100%. 

I've been feeding, watering and tidying - outside housework really. Also a bit of deadheading - I enjoy that when the weather's reasonably pleasant. Good for stress  

Shopping done and dinner eaten. Feet up now and sorting photos and having a swift catch up here. 

Weed or not?

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 08:10

It looks quite like loosestrife DD. It's similar to quite a few plants but I can't  put my finger on it. Nut or Bob will know 

Hiding my mistake!

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 07:40

I'd erect a simple fence to the front of it and use that for climbers and shrubs to screen the hedge. Add loads of manure and compost before you plant and then choose planting according to your likes and dislikes. Water well for the first year till established. Less work than taking it all out unless you really want to do that. 

I'm also assuming the hedge is a boundary between you and a neighbour. If the hedge is theirs you can't remove it anyway. 


Posted: 22/06/2015 at 07:32

Morning all. There's a yellow round thing in the sky idea what it is....any ideas? 

I see you're getting the best superfast broadband down in tropical Cornwall Verd. Does that mean you get your doughnuts quicker too? 

Mining for me today Dove - no chance of an extra day off here 

Off to take older fairy to work in a minute or three so I'll catch you all later 

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