Latest posts by Fairygirl

Trailing Geranium

Posted: 01/11/2017 at 07:50

Wet cold is the killer for them here too. It does far more damage to pelargoniums than frosts, unless they get well below zero temps for a while. 

I've just brought mine under cover and will take cuttings soon. You can really take them any time. They're quite easy. Good gritty medium, and don't water very often. Keep them on the dry side over winter in a light position 

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

Posted: 31/10/2017 at 19:54
chicky says:

The pumpkins got carved 😀

but not the 🍎 🍎 at the front Fairy 

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 it would have made a nice 'pumpkin' house for a little fairy, chicky....

Lovely pic  

I'll wave the wand for LP to get some nice weather. Perthshire is very bonny at this time of year. Bonny most of the time really, although the trees are losing their foliage so rapidly now, that the best colour is largely over. I could have done with being in Kinlochleven a couple of weeks ago as the view from above the woodland wuld have been pretty fine.

Off to watch Bake Off too - who are we all betting on for the win? Sophie p'rhaps?

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

Posted: 31/10/2017 at 17:39

Evening all. 

doc - how lovely of your mum. That made me smile when I read it  

A bit of tree hugging and the sight of those beautiful little birds will have helped enormously. My daughter gave me a little notebook with a drawing of long tails on it. Inside it describes them as 'tiny clouds in tracksuits'  

I took some photos on Sunday, Pat, but they're similar to a couple of other walks as you have the same route up to the lochan at Sgurr Eilde Mor before you head up the different hills which can be accessed from that point. I'll put a couple on the camera thread if I can find it though. Liri - the six hours under the heater in the car helped the shoes enormously ...

Hope Obs has had a good day sightseeing.

BL - that's a rubbish birthday present!   Hope you got some cake and flowers at the very least to go with it  

We'll be doing the same here AuntyR. Bah humbug etc. My youngest daughter has the right idea - she bought Hallowe'en sweets at the cheapo shop last week, and intends eating them herself 

Chicky - that's a very small pumpkin - that one in the front.....

New lawn thinning out at the end due to lack of sunlight and drainage + issue with the Acer tree

Posted: 31/10/2017 at 12:51

Hi Cammy - I can't really see anything wrong with your grass! I'd be pretty happy if mine looked like that. It will always get more wear if there's a gate being used though, so perhaps you might want a little area there of hard standing (paving or similar) in the imediate spot in front of it. 

I don't see any issue with your Acer either - it'll be dying back for winter now. They prefer some dappled shade, so it's probably in a good enough location. It might benefit from having a bit more room round it though - and that will allow it to look better aesthetically too. They make such nice specimens that it's a shame to have too much other planting close by them.

As long as it's in a suitable medium for it to grow in, and it doesn't dry out (especially during long dry spells in late summer, early autumn and spring) it should be fine. The other issue can be if they're exposed to cold, drying winds, as that can spoil foliage a little, but I feel it's just dying back as it should just now.  

Pleached Hornbeam Tree advice

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 21:30

I'd say five minutes every twelve hours is nowhere near enough water for something that size that's just been planted for such a short while.

Even without the other planting round their feet, which is competition for moisture,  they should be getting a couple of bucketfuls at the base of each tree every other day until autumn has properly arrived, even if you live somewhere which gets regular rainfall. 

They're also in raised beds which drain more rapidly. Is there a decent medium for them to grow in? 

Have you checked round the base of them to see what the soil feels like? It should be moist. Hornbeam also likes damper conditions than many other hedging plants. 

Last edited: 30 October 2017 21:30:49


Posted: 30/10/2017 at 20:56

They love Heucheras unfortunately - especially when they're in pots. 

If you clean everything off the roots, and repot in fresh soil/compost, Heucheras will most likely come away again, as they root very easily. If you have any left, try that. You might need to remove excess foliage to make it easier for them, and keep them well enough watered till new growth appears.  

You can also use Provado Vine Weevil killer which you apply as a liquid drench. Many people find it effective for controlling them in pots. 

Ericaceous plant food

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 20:29

Is there anything else you can see that might be an issue with it?  Is it old, and crowded - needing a bit of a prune? Competition for nutrients and moisture  from other planting?

Garden gnomes need new home 2

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 20:25

Is it just me?

I really don't get this. It's like Groundhog Day, without the humour.

I suppose using gnomes gives this a very vague, and very tenuous link to gardening, but this increasingly looks like a total wind-up, by a wind up merchant....

Perhaps Hilary has a lot of spare time on her hands.....well, she is an actress, after all...or so she says....

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

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 20:15

Yesterday was lovely, bright with the odd bit of sun, albeit chilly, but pretty normal for this time of year. Lovely clear skies on the way up the road, and Rannoch Moor and the Black Mount hills looked bonny - all the photographers were out in force! Saturday was looking a bit rough in the hills - and it was quite windy here unless you were sheltered. The only snow at the weekend was really up in the Cairngorms. Some forecast for this weekend though. 

Grass was sparkly and white this morning - looked pretty. All my little 'plantings' I did on Saturday looked happy enough though   

Such is life LP - I'm still here to tell the tale though, which is the main thing. I had to console myself with some croissants and a cuppa for dinner, although birthday cake would have been nice...

Last edited: 30 October 2017 20:17:07

Deer scarer

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 20:04

I'm afraid it's almost impossible without using a physical barrier. 

You could surround individual specimens. That's the ususal method. Chicken wire and posts will suffice. You only need to keep them aways from trunks of trees (especially when the trees are young)  and the parts of crowns they can reach, but if you make them about a metre in diameter, that should suffice. The height is less important if you make the barrier wide enough. 

Plants in borders, or veg plots, are more tricky. You could try the water scarecrows, which are battery powered and motion activated, but I don't know if they'll be effective enough, and you'd probably need quite a few. 

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