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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Watering trays on a seed rack

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 12:12

Hi Claire. With newly sown seeds many people water from below- ie putting the seed tray into a bigger tray with water in it, so that it draws moisture up from below. It helps to avoid dislodging the seed. Other than that, it isn't a problem if the floor gets wet - unless you have something below the shelf which you want to keep dry, or you've got your slippers on! 

Orange Hawkweed (Hieracium auantiacum)

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 12:08

A clean slate's hard graft Sally but a lot of fun! I've done a couple of gardens from scratch. Fortunately they weren't jungles, just empty and pretty sterile,   but I've had experience of a large, neglected one as well. It's worth it when you start seeing some reward for your efforts. 

Keep us updated with pix as you go along, and there will always be lots of help, ideas and advice here to keep you motivated as well. There's also a seed swap thread and many of us swap plants and cuttings so that can help get borders filled! 

Herbaceous perennial plugs

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 11:59

it does depend on varieties and how big they are. I'd agree with Fleurisa-  Penstemons aren't as tough as Geums. I got large foxglove plugs in late spring and they were potted on into 3"/4"pots and are now being planted out as they're very robust. The Geums should be fine if they're filling a 5" or 6" pot, and the site they're going in is well prepared, but it sounds like they're not quite at that stage.  If in doubt, keep them sheltered over winter in decent sized pots and get them out in spring. 

Mystery shrub

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 11:51

It's a lovely looking shrub Olybobs - glad the girls have got the ID for you 

Mystery shrub

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 11:50

I thought it looked slightly Osmanthus-y but they don't have berries. Most skimmias don't really look dark and glossy like that and the habit doesn't look right either unless it's  been pruned.


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 11:47

I think Mr Salmond may only have Wotsits down there anyway...

OL- you can have a brew - I just made you one to go with mine 

If I don't get my hair cut every 4 or 5 weeks it's unmanageable. I'd look like a right old harpie if I left it a year! I'm sure I was a hobbit in a former life...or a chimp....oh yes,  I forgot,  I was one of those a few million years ago. Hope I've evolved slightly more than some of the others you see nowadays though ...

scented viola "Etain"

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 11:39

Not done them on violas myself Mark, but I'd guess that would be the way, and if you get bits with a heel it's often easier to get them to root, although I think you can also do them by layering into surrounding soil as they have that sprawling habit which lends itself to that method. Someone will know for sure 

Lupins, can I move them now?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 11:20

It's all in the prep Yvie. We get a lot of rain through summer and that helps. I've moved conifers at this time of year with no issue because they got plenty of watering in. Rain's always better than a hosepipe too, but it's really just timing and vigilance 


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 11:17

OL - I'm campaigning for the 'no campaigning campaign' if you fancy joining me....

I think they glued themselves to the Dept of the Environment door ...I had to laugh 

Wouldn't it be funny if they sent some workmen along to do some painting....

and if any of those b***** referendum clowns knock on my door in the next few weeks they'll get a kick in the jigglers....

You can always hop Yvie 

I'm enjoying this non working week! So this is what it's like to retire... I can but dream...

Growing other plants through clump forming plants

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 11:09

Use some upright planting Charley to give a contrast. You can use spring bulbs like crocus,daffs and narcissus and then have irises, veronicas, alliums, astilbes, lilies etc through summer depending on the aspect and soil. There are loads of others but that gives you a couple of ideas to start with. Depends on what your colour scheme is as well but with campanulas you can use almost anything whether you want to tone in or contrast.  

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