Fairygirl


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Can't identify plants in garden!

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:44

Lesley 

Lots of these daisy type flowers are so similar aren't they? I don't really grow any of them but my guess would have been Gaillardia or Rudbeckia so I don't feel quite so bad now 

Autumn is very near

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:40

Well there's no need to go that far Forester...

Lots of trees turning here now. Rowans are beautiful with loads of berries. I love this time of year 

Not when it's chucking it down and blowing a gale though!

Grubs in turf

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:37

That's interesting Dave. I'm quite high above sea level here, and daytime temps are often in single figures regularly by beginning of October.  Normally well into single figures at night through September too, although this week has been warmer at night. 

Suze has bought chafer grub nematodes - would she be able to exchange them do you think Dave or Bboy? 

Virginia Creeper

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:32

I grow lots in pots too philippa so I'm not disagreeing with you as such! I just always think if there's more maintenance involved than necessary it can be better to look for an alternative 

It's such a beautiful climber though. Do you find it gives a good enough display in a pot? We have it on the old building I work in. It's a joy in autumn. 

Autumn is very near

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:27

Aye Steve - there's a bit more to us than Irn Bru, Nessie and deep fried Mars bars..

Most of my 'scenic views' are a bit higher than canal level, but that's a lovely set of pix. It's not often water is as 'glass like'  as that! 

Autumn is very near

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 12:53

Hope you enjoy it Ann. When the weather's right it's a great place to be. Lake District has a very similar climate though. I've spent many happy hours there   

Glad you had a great time Steve. I remember you saying you were up here at that time. May's often good here and we've had very good weather through June and July too which is unusual! Autumnal colours are wonderful providing we don't get a lashing gale to strip the leaves off the trees first!  

Virginia Creeper

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 12:47

They really need to be in the ground Su 

Could you make a raised bed of some kind along the side of the garage to give them more sustenance? That may work sufficiently to get a bit of coverage and do the job. If not, it may be best to look at something more suitable. Ivies will grow well in pots without too much bother, especially the common one which will stay well behaved in a restricted space yet will grow to a good size. Many shrubs will give good coverage, grow well in containers and they'll give year round interest if you pick carefully. 

It's my birthday

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 12:32

Happy Birthday hogweed - have a cake on me!  

http://i1331.photobucket.com/albums/w595/fairygirl55/P8230832_zpsbb0dd4ff.jpg

 Daughter's cake from last year - didn't think you'd want this year's - it has a big 17 on it...

Water Lily

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 12:27

Good point philippa  Pond containers aren't solid like ordinary garden ones. I should have thought of that....

Right Fishy - you'll just have to make that pond bigger love! 

Taller, upright plants are needed for dragonflies for exactly that reason Lyn. A few flag iris or dwarf bullrushes will do the job. That pond I mentioned had been so neglected it didn't look like a pond was there. Once we cleared all the debris, there was only a clump of flag iris in it. We added a couple of things, but the dragonflies were using that fro their ladder quite happily  I had a clump of Equisetum in a previous pond which was great for them. Not invasive like it's relation - horsetail!

Autumn is very near

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 12:16

Steve - and there's me without a renewed passport...will you still let me in? 

Perfection isn't easily achieved Steve - the effort required to get up here is worth the pain....

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