Latest posts by Fairygirl

Planting under shaded bay window

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 20:38

I have Osmanthus burkwoodii in a similar position. Nice green foliage and scented white flowers in late winter/early spring. Sarcococca (winter box) would also be happy - not unlike Osmanthus to look at, also with scented flowers. There are lot of variegated foliage plants too - Euonymous is ideal for a shady spot. Green/gold and green/cream varieties readily available. 

You could also plant some Heucheras in front of your shrubs - lots of good colours and very easy to grow. Tiarellas and Heucherallas are similar. Don't forget some spring bulbs and maybe some hellebores too.

All nice and easy to work with - they mainly just get on with it. Hope that gives you a few ideas to start with   

Plant identification

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 20:27

Top one could also be Pasqueflower - foliage is very similar....

Camera Talk

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 20:25

Have I swayed you in favour of Scotland as a future home Verd? 

Unfortunately the sky isn't always like that, but it sure as hell makes up for all the dreich days when it looks like that  

...it's a cracking hillwalk too  

Disappointing plants

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 20:22

I like your Dahlia much better than the way it's meant to look wakeshine...

Agree totally with Verd - give your plants as good a start as possible. Pays off in future. Otherwise, you find you're often spending a lot of time feeding and faffing with them to try and get them thriving well. The ground they go into is just as important as the plant itself, so don't skimp on the prep   

Disappointing plants

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 20:05

Mine too normally Bee witched - also Scotland - west - so no shortage of the wet stuff!  

It's in a little narrow corner against a fence, so it doesn't get as much rain as it really needs - competition from other plants too. It will be happier further along. I haven't really had much trouble with slugs eating it though - and I have plenty of those too... 

Using horse manure

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 19:58

That's a helluva project Robin. You've grafted hard and the improvement is tremendous already.

It'll be terrific to start reaping the benefits once you start on the nice stuff  


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 19:55
Tetley says:

We have lots of peasants round here too Fairy  

Last edited: 07 August 2016 19:31:25

See original post


I have a lot of them here too Tetley...

Search function on iPhone?

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 19:51

That's good it worked Andy. Hope you found what you were searching for  

I agree. I don't have a smartphone, but I was under the impression the updated forum was designed to help those who have them! 


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 19:47

Try some of the hedging companies as well Lou. Euonymous is used for hedging and they may well have a good price. I've used Hopes Groves in the past , but there are quite a lot of them online. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 19:39

Although I didn't get a walk yesterday, this little wheatear sat on the fence beside my car for ages. Didn't want to disturb him by getting out, so it's a little blurry - taken through the windscreen

There was little wren gathering insects too, but I didn't want to  open the window and chase him/her. Watched them both for ages, hoping the weather would improve and I could see more than just the fence and the farm building beyond.... 

Missed being on a hill so this is a reminder of a better day - part of the Ballachulish Horseshoe 

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