Latest posts by Fairygirl

Getting hold of good crocus bulbs cheaply

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 17:13

Just bear in mind that 100/200 crocus might sound like quite a lot, but that amount doesn't go far if you have a few areas to plant up  

Last frost help???

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 17:12

First week of June to make sure. It really depends what you're growing though. Most years, hardy annuals will be fine sown outside in April, but you have to look at your own conditions - if the ground's soggy and cold, they may rot. 

 I only grow toms undercover up here  - our temps are too low at night. I start them in March, and by the time they're too big for windowcills, it's usually fine to get them outside undercover.

Anything that needs starting undercover can usually be sown in March, but it depends what facility you have for hardening off, cold frame, greenhouse etc., as you can easily run out of room. That's the issue you seem to be experiencing just now!

Getting hold of good crocus bulbs cheaply

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 17:05

I use Gee Tee ( also known as The Bulb company ) for bulbs.  Peter Nyssen is also highly recommended. Most of the specialists will supply large quantities of crocus or any other bulb, especially if you only want a mix. 

peony coral sunset

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 12:50

aym - if you were told Irises re bloom , I'm afraid you were misinformed. They don't, they only flower once. If they're not blooming in subsequent years, it's usually down to them needing split and replanted, which then invigorates them. The older, woody mid sections are then discarded.  

I love peonies but they often get battered by weather too much here, so they need to be in a sheltered spot - but those beautiful flowers are a delight. The best way to use them is to have other planting to follow in front of, and round them. 

Unusual Birds

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 12:43

Ah - I see what you mean Tetley. I always think they look like a little mouse  

I hope I can get some calling here again - may take a while, but the blackies were non existent and now I have plenty, so I live in hope  

Unusual Birds

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 12:35

I love them pansyface. We used to get a regular visit round the corner from a little flock of long tails. They're like little cheeky chappies all the time  

Coming back from a walk in December, I sat for a few minutes at the side of the river in Glen Fyne, and a little flock of them swooped down onto a birch on the other side, then hurried past me on their way to another tree. Made me smile 

Just saw your post Tetley - you're right but the OP said slim, so I ruled out the long tails! 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 12:31

Lovely to hear of your success Stacey - even if you're knackered with it  

Hope you're keeping well too x

Positively boiling here - it was 7 degrees in the sun when I came down the road. Seven!    

Is the thought of flogging your hostas a step too far now Hosta? A little online business perhaps?....

Unusual Birds

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 08:19

Coal tits have a black head with only  a white stripe though - OP reports a white cap 

The buntings are lovely aren't they doc?  I've seen quite a lot of them.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 08:06

Morning all/afties Pat. 

Nice to see you DD - hope things are improving for you  

Minus four earlier and a hard frost, but sun's coming through. Pity I'm at work so won't get the benefit.

T'bird - re the tissues I do the same on a frequent basis   

Hope everyone who has lost friends recently will have a better day with no bad news. These events can bring us up sharply and make us realise how fortunate we are most of the time.  

Better go and scrape the car and get ready. See you all later 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 08:01

Heavy frost overnight and minus 4 when I fed the birds half an hour ago. Sun getting up so it looks nice just now. Not to last unfortunately. 

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