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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Box bench

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 12:49

I'd agree with the others about taking the top off Dave. Perhaps you could have planted then a little further forward too. A couple nearer the ends will help.

I think it'll make a nice feature  

The Arctic

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 12:46

Fabulous doc. The contrast of sky, sea and ice is stunning  

 pic 3 

The sound of nature - the best sound there is - without doubt 


Posted: 27/07/2015 at 12:42

Hi doc - great to have you back! Can you give me the details of where you were staying - I'm thinking of going there to get warmed up....

Still not in double figures here 

Lovely pix Liri - I took a pic of those hills from 'the other side' on Saturday. The Dalmally Horseshoe. A great walk. Nut or landgirl will know which butterfly that is. 

GWRS - Glen Fyne is where you should start. The distillery is just before the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, and you can catch some great scenery on the way. Don't come today - it looks more like Dove's pic  

Hope the TWIGS are getting better weather for their trip 

General questions about English hollies

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 07:39

Chris - we inherited a mature holly at our last house. It was planted next to a cherry and the privet hedge bordering the neighbouring field. I pruned it back in the way you want to do.   It had crowded and damaged the hedge and the other tree. It let light in and improved it enormously. It was around 10 feet in width and a fair old height.  A few old bird's nests fell out as I did it so I think the birds will still enjoy it no problem! Ours was at the end of the front lawn and was on the edge of the grass and the gravel pathway.  


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 20:05

They need a bit of oomph as well Snarfy. If you can beef up the soil a bit with some well rotted manure and compost that will benefit them. 

Serious bird feeder question!

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 19:35

LF - that definitely stops them!  

Steve - I'll gladly send you some starlings. How would you like them - boiled or roasted....

I actually hang a big homemade suet block for them in  part of the garden which is on their 'route'. It gives them food but keeps them off the other seed feeders so that the little birds get a look in. The magpies get a handful of stuff thrown on the ground too which keeps them happy, otherwise they attack the feeders too, and they get the scraps that the starlings drop everywhere 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 19:28

I did Verd 

There's one or two that are similar Panda, but Niobe is so velvety and rich compared to some of the reddish ones. I'd like another as well but don't have a suitable spot for it. The front  of the screen gets less sun - morning only - and I think it's much better on that side. Like lots of the reds or deep purples, it gets a little bleached on the other side. 


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 19:18

Would you like a loan of my simmit chicky? 

On second thoughts - I went out for a while and it was the dizzy heights of 13 degrees....what's that about? 

Steve - know what you mean! It's a lovely shot though.  I spent ages yesterday trying to catch a pic of a little butterfly when I stopped for a break. Soon as I got the camera ready he'd fly off. Then I'd try again - had him in my sights and all set up - and off he went. Umpteen tries but no joy.  Going across the moorland where I took the pix of the orchid, a little dark one followed me the whole time....just taunting me    


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 18:24

I realised as soon as I looked back Panda 

but in my defence, Ggirl had then  posted pix of shortbread 

I'm cultivating a similar effect on my back fence 

General questions about English hollies

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 18:22

Hi Chris - One holly will easily fill that space over time (is it six feet in depth or six feet in width?)  but you might want to have something else in the surrounding area until it gets big enough. They get pretty large over time.  Birds will certainly enjoy it and some will happily nest there. 

Is there a reason for wanting it to have a clear trunk? Is it so that you can underplant with something else?

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