Latest posts by Fairygirl

how to deter cats from fouling in your garden

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 19:16

Lawn advice

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 18:41

Yes - any old compost. It's just a question of making the ground more hospitable for the seed to germinate. It doesn't all have to be visible - in fact, if it's lightly mixed in with some compost or sand, it makes it easier to sow, and as long as it's lightly tamped down and in contact with the ground below, it will be fine. 

Normally at this time of year, it would be plenty warm and damp enough for it to germinate quickly, but the cold spell will have set it back a  bit. You're just trying to replicate what would happen in nature - bit of warmth, bit of water. Don't worry about it too much - it will look good in a month or so. Feeding can wait for a good while - it's pointless feeding too soon. 

Name the plant!

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 18:29

None of the spireas are scented, as far as I know, and yes, shrub  

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 18:24

Hi Berghill - sorry to hear that. Hope all goes well for you and you're back home soon, and thanks for your latest pix   

Lovely photos everyone - so many to look at. Always a delight to look at everyone's different plots. I love LP's urn too. 

What's this!!

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 14:44


They can be very slow to flower as Bob says. Good luck with it anyway - whatever you decide to do with it. If it's right beside that hedging - it might not grow any bigger!

There's quite a few people here with tree peonies so they'll be better able to advise you on the best place for it etc  

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 14:28

It's the first time I've had goldfinches since I've been in this house ( four years)  GD. They appeared one day a couple of months ago, but I've not seen them again till yesterday. Of course, they could have been waiting every day till I went to work and then gorged themselves until I came home.....  

Lovely to have a something to watch, Lucy isn't it? 

I had a queen wasp in that warm spell a while ago. I love watching wasps  'harvest' wood for their nests.  

Lawn advice

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 14:18

Yes - loosen the soil up a good bit to create a better medium for the seed. It does look very solid. You could add a bit of sieved soil or some compost over the top as well, and add a bit more seed - raking it into the loosened soil. The gently compact it by walking over it. Rollers are rarely good as they just compact the soil totally. A really thorough watering is what's needed - if you have a soaker hose, or sprinkler, leave that on an area for at least half an hour or more, then move it to the next area. Do that once a week or thereabouts, depending on weather conditions. 

Keeping your cut a bit higher is always better if there's not a lot of growth. Don't cut it unnecessarily.  It has been very dry everywhere, even up here, and if it's cold as well, the grass isn't growing as readily as it normally would at this time of year. 

What's this!!

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 14:13

It must be bigger than ten centimetres Rachel- that's only four inches! 

Is it very near that hedge behind? It's quite hard to tell from the photo. You might need to relocate it  

Acer tree

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 14:09

They can also be a bit more susceptible to frazzly edges if they've been short of water the previous year. In the same way that Camellia buds (and other similar shrubs) can be affected by being short of water the previous summer when the buds form.

If it gets quite a bit of sun, make sure it's well watered at the base during hot, dry or windy spells. It will recover though   

What's this!!

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 14:04

Very bonny though HC, isn't it?  Apologies, Rachel  - I meant to add tree in front of peony 

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