Latest posts by Fairygirl

Tree for a small garden

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 17:47

Probably better with a specimen shrub rather than a tree. Amelanchier ( already mentioned )  is really a shrub, but can be treated like a tree if you get the right specimen to start with. It also depends how much time and inclination you have to prune and tidy it, and where you locate it. It's light and airy and has good three season appeal. The spindle tree is another one which could be suitable - Euonymous alatus.

If you can put it off centre too - more in a corner - that may be better. The area outside your garden is a factor in making that decision. 

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 17:13

Beaujolais is a lovely pea, Aster. I sowed some last year but the compost wasn't right and they rotted in our wet weather. I had a couple of seeds left which I sowed and they're flowering now. I love those dark, rich colours. 

I've grown Juliet this year, as I like a cream or white to stand out against darker planting, but they're a bit disappointing. Supposed to be white, but they're creamy. Scent is excellent, but they're 'muddy'.  I had Cathy a few years ago which was a little muddy too, but it was very floriferous and a wonderful scent, so I think I'll try it again if I can source it. I tried two whites last year, and although they were very white, they weren't such good growers and the scent wasn't brilliant. Our weather probably had a little to do with that though. You win some....

Weather has such an influence BL, doesn't it? 


Posted: 20/07/2016 at 08:04

You can have mine Nanny Beach 

They can be very difficult to kill if you don't get every bit out. They survive on nothing, although they like a bit of rain, so if you're in a dry area they might behave better.

Not really a rockery plant though....

I got rid of most that were here. It took drastic action though - I had to build an extension over them 

Sambucus black lace/elderflower

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 08:00

Aah - the internet. How did we all manage before it, nut!  

Susan - it's important to look carefully when you research anything  online. There are lots of weird and wonderful myths and legends there.. 

I've never heard anyone mention the pink flowers being an issue, but if you're worried, don't use them We have lots of common elders nearby which are covered in flowers every year. I've never thought of using them though. They smell lovely on a sunny day  


Posted: 20/07/2016 at 07:54

Morning all/afties Pat 

Hissing down here - you must be catching a little dry spot Joyce! The thunder and lightning's supposed to be later this morning so it will be when I'm at work 

My new bedroom's quite cool as there's nothing above it, and no real ceiling insulation ...might not be so handy in winter though  

Enjoy your day Yvie. I'm always astonished at the amount Grans and Grandpas do these days. I had no help with my girls as my Mum wasn't well, and I'd never have expected it anyway, but I do know people who get a lot of help...and don't seem to appreciate it....

I'll have a quick look round before I head off - have a good day everyone 

red robin standered tree in pot

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 21:59

Sounds like mildew Pauline. If you're experiencing a lot of dry weather just now that won't help either.

 Even established plants in pots need regular watering, if it's dry. Did you use a soil based compost too? Ordinary compost will dry out very quickly.

Bit of help required please

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 21:56

Midsummer Beauty does make quite a large specimen Darren. 

Aruncus doesn't seem as popular a plant as it used to be. Someone was  asking about one the other day on the forum though. 


Posted: 19/07/2016 at 21:51

Hope you're ok RB. Don't stay away too long 

Only millions Hosta?....   Enjoy your time off.

Get well soon Clari. Horrible when you feel rotten at this time of year - worse than in winter 

It's cooled a bit here but the thundery clouds have rolled in..is it wrong that I want thunder and lightning and lots of big ploppy raindrops? 


Posted: 19/07/2016 at 20:05

Just looked at the Met Office one pp - early hours of the morning for the rain here, through the day and into evening. Some heavy stuff, some sun, so could be anything really! 

The one you use is  much the same. It's still saying you might get some thunder overnight which may spread across to Argyll. I love a good thunderstorm  

Tomato plants - leaves (and some fruit) suddenly curled and discoloured... Help!

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 19:36

I'd agree with Chrissy - a lot of plants in there, which doesn't help air circulation. That's as important as correct watering or anything else.

You can remove some lower leaves anyway - I do it as the plants get bigger and bushier. It doesn't affect the crop  

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