Latest posts by Fairygirl

tulip growing problem

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 17:17

Lovely Dove . We don't have Wyevales - I think I gave my voucher to chicky to buy some bulbs. Seemed a shame for them to go to waste  

It's official

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 19:31

That's what I thought Hosta - hence getting it as spawn.

If you're right philippa - they'l need a couple of buses!  

We collected spawn from the local pond many years back when the girls were small. No ponds in the gardens here.  A couple of frogs did appear in the garden, over the next few years, and stayed around, so I'm hoping....

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 19:16

Hosta - meant to remind you that there's a prog on Radio 2 at 10pm about Callas. It's an Alfie Boe thing - on for a few weeks. Don't know if it'll be any good, but worth it for the joy of hearing 'the greatest' 

It's official

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 18:08

I'll have to go and collect some again soon. I'm hoping that the ones that 'frogged' last year will eventually return, but in the meantime, I'll collect a little to put in the pond. 

Last year's spawn came from the Campsies. Could have collected some in Glen Douglas last weekend - one small section of the burn along the estate road was full of it. 


Posted: 14/03/2016 at 18:04

Hosta - they're so beautiful it's not true! 

Desperate to get some visiting here - I live in hope  


Posted: 14/03/2016 at 17:53

For me - hanging baskets are the Devils' work Hosta  

Scarifying: what is it?

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 17:52

A good tip is to give the lawn a feed only, then weed and feed four or five weeks later. It gives the grass a boost, and although it means the weeds start going too, it also means the weed and feed has more to work on and is more effective  


Posted: 14/03/2016 at 17:49

Hang out some alternatives for them to collect up for nests Steve, and keep your hanging baskets tucked away somewhere  

Do you have hanging baskets out at this time of year? 

tulip growing problem

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 17:44

I used to grow quite a lot of the little species ones Dove - they're great for up here because they're tough and straightforward, unlike their soft, blowsy, springtime cousins which succumb to the weather!  

I may invest in some more - they work very well colour wise, for this time of year in this garden   

Disintegrated shingle underlay

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 17:37

You can double up the fabric if it's lightweight stuff Jack, but it might be worth investing in some of the heavy duty stuff so that it lasts longer. You can then plant some shrubs into that (if you want some greenery) and they will be low maintenance. 

As for turfing - you'd need a fair bit of prep before laying it as the ground won't be brilliant after being under the gravel, so it really depends whether you feel it's worth it. Grass can be quite high maintenance if you want it looking good, so again, it depends on the amount of time you have to spend on it. A nice piece of lawn is lovely so you may want to do half and half. You'll get plenty of advice re prep if you decide to do that  

If you want your mum to have a nice place to sit, you might want to consider a simple screen of trellis or posts and wires which you can grow some climbers on to give privacy -enough for a seating or ding area. You could have permanent planting like roses or clematis, or annuals like sweet peas (nicely scented)  and you'll get plenty of help with that kind of thing on the forum too 

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