Latest posts by Fairygirl

Small tree ideas for back garden

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 08:10

Ornamental pear would be my choice - Pyrus salicifolius - as the foliage is so nice, and Amelanchier as it also has good autumn colour, (it also has flowers and fruit)  and Euonymous alatus  (?) which has great autumn colour would also be good.

I'd go for something which has flowers and fruit every time. Most evergreens are fairly dull as specimens. 

Pruning Hellebore

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 08:05

I don't do anything to mine either, nut  

I find the foliage stays quite tidy on those, but I expect you could cut away any rough stuff if you're careful.

Is Devon different?

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 08:02

I'd have nothing in my garden if  woodlice ate plants! Definitely sounds more like the weevil.

I'm more confused about what a pot full of 'bellies' are?  

Raised flower bed vs Cat Poo

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 07:58

You should be able to retire now Hosta 

It's an ongoing issue discussed at length here NewbiePaul. I've tried every method known to man - from bamboo skewers to chicken wire to lemon peel, and all points in between. The only thing that works is a water scarecrow. You can buy them online. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 07:54

Morning all/afties Pat .

There's been sub zero here as it's only just got to zero now, when I fed the birds, but no white.It was a lovely starry sky when I went to bed though.


Cheeky b***er fidget. You'd think it would be slightly better nowadays, and they'd stop jumping to conclusions. I had a similar experience when buying a car. The entire conversation was being directed at my then hubby, until he said - I'm not buying it. I just looked at the guy and I think he could tell I wasn't impressed...

What to do with my camellia!

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 17:23

It's probably being starved of water a fair bit. For the buds to develop properly and become flowers, it needs to have plenty of water in late summer/early autumn as that's when they're formed. The hedge will be taking most of the moisture from it's roots.

It's a bit of a myth that they need ericaceous soil or compost. They're perfectly happy in neutral soil - they just don't like alkaline.  Don't worry about it being too cold. Don't worry about cold - they're not affected by it at all.  They grow exceptionally well here in the west because they get lots of rain.  The biggest issue is wind at the time they flower - that often does for them, so a sheltered spot will suit best, out of the prevailing wind. Some shelter from any morning sun to prevent frost on emerging buds is also ideal, as has been said.

Do you have  regular feeding regime for all your plants? This is a good time of year to use a general fertiliser like blood, Fish and Bone , and you can add a mulch of well rotted manure or decent compost as well to help conserve moisture and keep weeds at bay. The addition of manure or compost in autumn or early winter will also help to feed the soil which in turn benefits your plants. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 17:10

I never have left over Pavlovas or meringues for them to get soggy....

It was indeed a pain having to work, and yes, ideal for walking today and tomorrow. Boo hiss 

Raining at the moment  though. You got a lot done LP 

I have plastic coated bamboo canes which are green. I only use them for sweet peas in pots but they're quite good and not too intrusive. 

Joyce - I told Topbird about the programme tonight - Adventure Show - with the photographer Colin Prior. You might enjoy it too. He's up north west and 'doing' three areas (I think) including An Teallach, which will be superb. 

This is the busiest time of year at work now - till end of August. Doesn't help when people still think we can produce their orders in three or four days because they forget to order them. How do they manage to organise the rest of their lives at all? 

Blood fish and bone

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 17:02

Mine looks exactly like that right now Ron, as I've just applied a weed and feed. I'll rake out the dead moss and cut the grass as soon as it dries up a bit. 

I sometimes feed only in spring and then do a weed and feed a month later. It means the weeds are stronger for the weedkiller bit to take effect. My front grass is poorer because of the aspect and it tends to be mainly moss by this time of year.

It is quite hard not to overapply the granular stuff - not that I ever do that of course.... 

Blood fish and bone

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 08:07

Seaweed Ron. It's easy to get, although you can also get granular feeds which are feed only and not weed and feed products. DIY stores and G. Centres should have them   

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 08:05

Morning all/afties Pat  if you're there. Hope you're ok today. 

Dank and chilly here. No rest for the wicked - i's going to be busy at work. Do people involved in politics not know when the local elections are? I only ask because they leave it so late to order their friggin' rosettes....

Did you watch L of D Hosta? All getting very complicated and nerve jangling!

Bettter shift. Have a good day everyone. Think Wonks might be out in her greenhouse today 'ferdiddling'   

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