Latest posts by Fairygirl

Growing sage

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 17:38

I can't grow it here Patricia. Doesn't survive the wet and cold.

You may need to keep it undercover in winter, or treat as an annual. That's what I did, but I don't bother with it at all now.  We just have 'onion and onion' stuffing 

slug pellets and birds

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 17:35

I've just googled it.Surely there must be info on the packets/boxes they come in...

Glad I don't use them 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 15:51

Lovely  jubbly KEF!    

Been out doing a bit of this and that too as the rain seems to have decided to stay away. Weirdly warm and lots of little insects and flies up in the conifer.

The robins were coming over to see what I was up to, so I'm having a cuppa to let them get on with their food  

Would like to do something with the grass but it's too early. If I feed it or anything, it'll grow like mad then rain for a month, and I'll need to bring home a little pony from work...

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 13:28

Bumping up for Flo and anyone else starting their peas 

Sweet pea failure

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 13:20

That will be fine  - it allows them to germinate slowly, which makes for sturdier plants. If you prefer, you could wait a few weeks, but they're hardy annuals, and will be fine. 

We have a dedicated thread by DavidK for sweet peas where you can get loads of advice. He's our resident expert. I'll find it and bump it up for you. 

Just purchased a few plants

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 13:07

Ceanothus are evergreen Lyn, but they need good sunny site and well drained soil. Powdery blue flowers. They are quite small, but all look healthy. I'd certainly get the rose in a pot and let it grow on a little. The clematis is a montana and will need a little extra time too and then it'll romp away. 

Your own conditions will dictate how quickly they all grow too.

Sweet pea failure

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 12:58

Do as chicky's doing Flo  

I usually wait a while, or sow direct in late April,  because our temps are lower so I can't get mine outdoors till much later if I sow now. It's just the timing.  

Sweet pea failure

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 12:37

If there's enough growth, you can pinch out the growing tips of the ones you have Flo.

The problem with starting early is lack of light which makes plants leggy. You can also get rapid growth indoors without a decent enough root system to support it, then if you put them outdoors too quickly, a cold spell checks them. Did you pot them  into a bigger pot before putting them in the cold frame, or were they a bit small at that stage? 

You might want to do some more and not overheat them initially so that they don't get so leggy. 

Gardening pics

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 12:31

Some climbers would be nice Tootles, just leave enough access to get in for pruning. A few bits of paving, which would be hidden by plants in front, would do the trick. You could stick some vine eyes and wire in along the wall if you don't want to go to the bother of trellis, although that can be a feature during winter. Hundreds of choices of rose or clematis. 

If you want verticals, try a few things like Liatris or Verbascums, and Alliums are great too. Height but not too much width.  For evergreen verticals you could use yew - taxus standishii. A few columns of that will give a good accent. Then you can add other shapes as time goes on, with bulbs for spring. 


Posted: 12/03/2016 at 11:46

Ooh - my pic disappeared  

Will try again




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