Fairygirl


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Hebe Protection over Winter

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 08:09

The variegated and bigger leaved ones tend to be less hardy, but as Borderlne says, there has to be prolonged spells of frost to see them off. We lost some a number of years ago when it was minus ten for a while, but that's quite unusual. Our ground is cold and wet which makes it worse when there's prolonged frosts. 


In pots, it's easier to keep the drainage good too - the combination of wet and cold is worse for them than just dry cold. 

Im Gay

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 08:05

Or perhaps insert something else Hosta....


We seem to be attracting some very interesting WUMs these days 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 08:00

Morning all/afties Pat.


Tucked up in bed with a cuppa sounds good Clari, but no chance of that here 


I've resisted the temptation to buy any more plants, or bulbs Dove...it's very difficult though. I need furniture and lights etc for my bedroom though....


That fungus on the right is really pretty Liri, or am I weird?  


It's calmed down a bit here LP. Hope you don't have any damage - we haven't had any here. Think the night before was wilder, and certainly the night before that. Chilly and wet during the day, but pretty normal for the time of year I suppose. At least most of the foliage is still on the trees so we can enjoy the colour for a bit longer. Next lot might strip it all off! 


Wonder if Hosta got back to sleep....


Better shift soon. Have a good day everyone 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 21:03
Alan Clark2 says:

I also had three Red Admirals in my garden recently, and all were on my one spike of Actea. I also was too slow with the camera! 


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 Taking the p*ss Alan, aren't they?   


I was digging out turf and heaving in the last slab in a path, and I turned round and there they were. It was nice just having a break and watching them for a while 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 20:10
WonkyWomble says:

Fairy, I'm feeling the loss too! Big hugs! 


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uNgt7U9QrFQ a favorite of mine


Evening all, not read back yet, hope everyone has had a good day and has a lovely evening too!


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 Wonks - that's the album that got me hooked. My ex hubby was a big fan, and we'd just started going out and used to listen to it in his bedroom. You Got Lucky is a big favourite. We went to see him a few years later, and it's undoubtedly one of the best concerts I've ever been to...and the loudest! Considering that I've seen all my 'heroes', often more than once, that says a lot about him. 


Thanks Joyce - will reply soon. Hope your daughter is properly on the mend now  


Well done BL. Stir fried stuff is often really good - and lots of veg etc. The battered stuff - not so much... have you seen the size of some Glaswegians?  

Dog proofing a new beech hedge

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 19:24
WillDB says:

...If only the same thing applied to cats, FG. 


*Quietly places pound coin in Hostafan's jar*


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 ah - quite so Will.....


Carmel - they've had the benefit of your solid boundary keeping their dogs in their garden. They now don't have that, so yes, I'd say it's up to them to keep their dogs in their garden, not you  

with 25yrs of mulching why is my clay soil no improving

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 19:16

If there's a clay pan underlying the soil, it won't make much difference what you do.The fact that you have land drains is very telling I'm afraid. The easysolution is raised beds.


Mushroom compost is alkaline, so if you've been adding a lot over 25 years, that could be why your ph is high too. 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 19:07

Pumpkin soup chicky?  


Too many to mention individually, but loads of lovely photos from everyone. I particularly like seeing Pat's skinks though   


Weather's been a bit rough for photos recently, but I've managed a few. Not quite 'raindrops on roses', but it's close enough..



One for sorrow...



Two for joy...



All three were on the Actea, but by the time I got the camera....



Lovely to see them as they've been a bit scarce this summer  

Dog proofing a new beech hedge

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 17:54

Just a thought, but, unless it's the neighbour's hedge that's been removed, surely it's up to them to put a fence up to keep their dogs in their own garden?  

Moss in lawn and aeration..

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 17:52

On a slight tangent Andy - I wouldn't bother too much with anything right now if you're having building work done. By the time they've finished trampling it into oblivion,  you'll need to dig the whole plot over anyway!


Sorry - that wasn't very helpful, but I doubt if the clay is having that much of an effect if you have that amount of topsoil on it. Excess water would gradually percolate away. If you're in an area of very high rainfall and you're using the grass excessively, I can see it would be an issue, but I think I'm siding with Dave a bit on this. 


Is there a reason for getting a company in rather than continuing to do it yourself? I can understand if you're busy, but perhaps keeping it simple, and just doing some scarifying on a basic level, a weed and feed in spring, and cutting regularly would be easier, and possibly better. 


I garden on clay, and we get a huge amount of rain, and certainly the front grass was very compacted and weedy when I moved here, but I don't do anything too major. I don't have too much moss, despite it's northerly facing aspect, and I only do a bit of forking and scarifying when I can be bothered, and it gets a weed and feed in spring, and regular cutting. It's easy to get a bit worried about grass too 

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