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Latest posts by Fairygirl

I need new secateurs

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 10:52

I  have one decent pair which I've had for a very long time - Wilkinson Sword - but they're falling apart now. I have small hands and they fit me well. Some makes are too bulky and stiff for me, and make my rubbishy wrists very sore. 

I'm always leaving them lying around so I supplement them with cheaper ones in case they disappear for good one day. I have a really cheap pair from Asda which are brilliant!


A new log path project

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 10:43

Big project Chris! Did the dog help much? 

That's going to be a really  lovely woodland/wildlife area. Looking forward to seeing all your planting. We've all been talking about snowdrops a lot here recently - it would be a wonderful area for them.

I see you have the logs on a bed of gravel, but are you putting an edging of some sort to stop the logs shifting? Also, I'd think they will get very slippy, since it's a shady space, so are you fixing chicken wire on the top?

You seem very organised so I'm probably teaching granny to suck eggs - sorry! I love seeing people's projects and the finished results. It will look terrific in another few months once you get some plants in and it starts to establish. Good luck with it  


Posted: 09/02/2014 at 10:31

Morning all. I'll speak in a whisper since KEF's feeling a little fragile today...

KEF - the only reason I'm ever awake at 12.30am is if I've woken up after falling asleep at about 9!  I've never been good at late nights 

I was lucky enough to see Aida at the Arena di Verona a few years ago. An experience I'll remember forever. Not Placido though unfortunately. Sigh.  

pd - I like an eclectic mix- from opera and jazz to folk and rock - and many stops in between! Crumpets  in bed - I hope I read that correctly. Definitely an 's' on the end? 

Backfilling hole for laying lawn

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 10:10

Bob's right - builder's merchants are always cheapest. You're just looking to get the hole filled as firmly as possible so that the soil you put on top doesn't sink, so that's all consolidate means - getting it as firmly bedded down as you can first. If you put a bit of weed suppressing membrane on top of it, before you put the soil on, it will help prevent it washing through as well. The ballast will settle a bit too, especially if there's a lot of rain so make sure you get enough. As Bob has shown,  you always need more than you think you will!

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 18:25

Have a lovely outing everyone. Remember to  get some pix 

KEF - you smudged your mascara....

Thinking of growing a Cob Nut tree

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 17:52

How lovely Andrew.  Worth having them just for that reason alone   


Posted: 08/02/2014 at 17:41

There's snow forecast for higher ground Dove ( above a few hundred metres- so not that high!) but the strip in the central belt looks like it might miss it again. Depends whereabouts Stacey's going.

I could have taken you for a trip to the nursery Stacey. How much room have you got in your car and how much is your house worth? 


Posted: 08/02/2014 at 17:28

Verd - is that you lot trying to knick Soapy Salmond's ...err.. I mean Mr. Salmond's thunder? 

 You didn't have to go to those lengths to get it though... 


Posted: 08/02/2014 at 17:10

Just goes to show- even in nature there's the exception that proves the rule !  

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:39

The first of my reticulata Irises opened yesterday (pic on David's camera thread) 'Purple Gem'. I've got cyclamen with lots of flowers, white and cream violas, polyanthus which haven't stopped producing flowers since I bought them nearly a year ago, plenty of buds on snowdrops about to open, and the Christmas box (Sarcococca) is flowering away. There's a dianthus which has had several little buds half opened for ages - poor thing's very confused. It's as though it's waiting for just the right moment to open them properly. 

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