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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Aubrieta and fuschia

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 12:51

I'm treating myself on Friday 

The aubretias will romp away very quickly. I'd agree with Lyn about the Fuchsia care. Give them a bit of time in a bigger pot.

What is best around decking

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 12:48

Is the deck on the same level as the surrounding garden Simon? If you can give us an idea of aspect and size for the borders you want to create it will help with suggestions. Also, what type of planting you prefer - I'm guessing more structural than flowery - and any colours you like. 

If you have a bit of shade Fatsia japonica is a great structural plant and is evergreen. I had one at the end of a deck in a previous garden.


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 12:45

I need to haul my lazy **** up a few mountains if I want to keep eating what I like doc  

Stop changing your names you lot - I'm old and easily confused! 

Someone asked about sticking plants in bigger pots - when there's roots showing at the bottom of the pot they're in, that's when to pot on. They've used up the room they have and need more. If you have more than one seedling in a pot, you prick them out into individual ones when they're big enough to handle, ie a couple of pairs of true leaves. 

Seed sowing

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 07:52

I agree with chicky. If people can buy 2 or 3 little plants and put them on a windowsill and see the results and how easy it can be..who knows what they might try. Makes it easy for them to get started. A working couple  might only need a few tomato plants or a small amount of salad crops.  As scroggin says too, soil is a factor. I sow salad crops direct in pots outside  once it warms up, but I do some inside on the windowsill for an earlier crop. I don't have room to have beds purely for veg and I don't really want that anyway. Tomatoes will go in my little growhouses once the weather's suitable and that's plenty for me and my girls.


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 07:43

Morning all. Nice to see a couple of new lunatics joining the asylum...

Think it's dry all day for your pond exploits Dove. Don't forget the pix. Hope all the forkers who've got afflictions are better today. 

Dampish here. Got nothing done yesterday as I was at a friend's house after work and it was too cold for painting. Off for a quick look round before I go to work.

plant ID

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 17:06

First one looks like Aquilegia (columbine) and the second one looks like bindweed to me, but there seems to be a lot of other stuff in there too.

shrubs for shade

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 16:59

Hypericum would grow there. It's quite a brash colour of yellow which I personally don't like but it flowers at that time of year and has black berries later. Gaultherias also flower in summer - pale pink or white - and also have big berries later which usually last through winter as the birds tend not to go for that colour.  I have a white one one in a similar situation. They used to be called Pernettya. Potentillas will also take quite a bit of shade and come in whites and soft creamy yellow as well as the bright sulphur-y one. 

I.D. please

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 16:52

Candytuft KEF. Iberis is it's posh name

Best plants for covering artificial pond edges?

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 07:46

Caltha is ideal - it'll spread around too Justin. You could plant them directly into the soil right at the edges of the pond or in  baskets specifically designed for pond plants and put them in the shallow margin of the pond edge. The baskets are like plastic mesh rather than solid. You'll  get them at GCs and DIY stores. Have you got a little shelf at the edge for marginal plants - the ones which don't like deep water? Most of the sedges will be happy at the edges too (Carex) There are lots of varieties readily available, from bronze colours to variegated. Many are evergreen.

As nut says, it's best to get some rock/stone/paving  or turf to cover edges all year round. Much more pleasing if you don't see the plastic  


Posted: 24/03/2014 at 07:37

Frosty today -3 when I fed the birds 15 minutes ago but it won't be long till the sun lifts that. Front grass is all white and sparkly 

Not on last night - watching The Great Escape with daughter.

Steve McQueen - the King of Cool 

Off for a quick look round before I hang out washing and go to work

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