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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Looks like something has been spitting on the roses? .

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 10:57

The little froghoppers are actually  sweet little things.

If you remove the 'spit' carefully rather than blasting it off, you can have a look at one 

Watering can that won't drown seedlings and plants

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 10:53

It can be a problem. Perhaps you could keep a small cheap watering can - supermarkets do them for a few quid - and tape a fine rose on with duct tape to hold it in place and keep just for seedlings. The ones made from rubber are usually better as they're tight. Perhaps so many people use a hose with those multi head sprayers that  old fashioned watering cans are being used less.

Who'd have though watering could be so complex! Maybe we could invent a really good one and patent it pariate? 

Looks like something has been spitting on the roses? .

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 10:09

Cuckoo spit Caral. It's caused by leaf hoppers. Just squirt a bit of water onto it to wash them off. Doesn't really do any harm 


Posted: 17/05/2014 at 09:58

Morning MrsG. Never played opposites - might try that 

We're just catching the edge of the weather front,  but I hope I'll get something done outside if it doesn't lash down and the bones  aren't aching too much 

Seed sowing to do - rocket and lettuce so I can do that. It won't involve any heavy lifting!

Don't look at my PMs very often either BL so it's a bit hit and miss with me anyway 

Fence Colour Dilemma

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 07:15

I inherited a lot of orange fence here Su and I also had to build a new boundary fence as I've opened the garden up. Covering the existing orange was a nightmare and it's now olivey green because a light colour wouldn't have covered it. On the fence nearest the kitchen I've made raised beds of differing heights and because I have clematis etc on them ( to cover the fence) I've been putting trellis on it which I've painted black. There's a good bit of yellow/cream planting which stands out against it. The planting is an important factor for your colour choice so perhaps take a little time to think of that before making  a final decision. A dark colour will blend and help to blur the boundary if you're going to have shrubs and evergreens in front of it. A lighter or brighter shade can become a feature in it's own right if you have some gaps highlighting  the planting in front. 


Posted: 17/05/2014 at 07:02

Damp and none too warm here. The Scottish weather - one lovely day then back to the usual. Not sure it'll be much above 12 here today Dove!  

Just been out feeding the birds and taking a look at the border I got stuck into yesterday. All planting looking happy but may have to take a trip to the nursery just for one or two essential items of course...

Chicky - my sister used to be physically sick on the day of exams - and we went to school on the bus .... Young Fairy had her last Higher yesterday so I think she was quite relieved. She's always very pessimistic anyway. It's a horrible time especially as, in your case, she feels she hasn't done well and it's normally a good subject.

Off for a look at what you've been up to - I was asleep at about half nine last night 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 20:52

David - the very dark Iris- my favourite colour! Warsaw Nike is a nice Clematis isn't it?

Ighten - looking great. what a beautiful site. Hornbeam will be absolutely fine there. It makes a lovely hedge and will tolerate wetter conditions than Beech. I planted a bare root Hornbeam hedge in a previous garden and it made a good hedge in  a couple of years. 

Watering can that won't drown seedlings and plants

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 20:41

You can usually buy individual roses for cans in GCs and diy stores. They're often rubber and will fit almost any watering can. A fine rose is perfect for little seedlings. I used to have a few different ones although they've been lost over the years.   


Posted: 16/05/2014 at 20:30

What - Marlon Brando Dove? 

There is a garden - and I use the term advisedly - across the road from me MrsG. Every time the wind blows....

That's a lot of Hordeum jubatums ....

Not sure what I'll get done tomorrow as it's to be wet here. Will see. Anything to avoid ironing and housework....


Posted: 16/05/2014 at 20:09

Evening all you lovely people 

Been outside all day apart from refreshments and taking girls to assorted 'things'. Loads done - digging and sorting one of the new beds I created along the fence which was just covered with bark over the winter. Separated all the 'missing anemones'.  I've managed to get them out the pot I'd  put them in - obviously meaning to plant them later - but didn't. I'd just stuck them in it, covered them with some compost (un-labelled) ... and still in the net bag they came in.... Not a bad rescue job,considering. 

Dinner's been had - and now putting my feet up and catching up with all your activities 

Enjoy your curry archie 

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