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Latest posts by Fairygirl

ideas please to screen neighbours BIG shed!

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 11:01

If it's within a certain set of measurements, you don't need planning permission, and KT53 is right - the 'right to light' thing doesn't exist - urban myth. I think a structure of your own of some kind - an arbour with a seat, or just some simple trellis/screening on posts with climbers, would be your best bet. Painted a soft colour, it will help the offending, darker shed recede. I had a similar issue here as part of the neighbouring garage wall forms some of the boundary of my garden where the fence stops. I attached horizontal battens - to the fence at one side, and a post at the other - and put vertical planks on to match the rest of the fence. It's about a foot away from the garage and I have a small raised bed there and climbers on it. 

The Beechgrove rope thingy was in a community garden ( can't remember where) not the one the programme is from. You'll get it on  i-player I expect, if you don't have tv on demand to catch up. 

Bug ID? I think it's a hornet

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 10:31

It's a beauty Rhod! 

Lovely how some of them are big and some are so tiny. A little one came and sat on my arm the other day when I was having a seat and a drink. Think he was feeling the heat too 

Last year I had a wood wasp in the garden. They're astonishing - very noisy, clattery wings! I've noticed a lot more wasps this year - very busy around all the plants, and spending a lot of time drinking at the little birdbath.

Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 10:21

Quite a few torties here now so hopefully lots more to come along with Peacocks and Red Admirals in the next few weeks. 

Someone was talking last week on a bee/butterfly thread about not seeing any butterflies on his plants, which were specifically planted for them. I commented that I'd not seen many but it was early for them - August is best for butterflies here. Next day, a tortoiseshell came and sat on the paving next to where I was working. Think he was just making a point 

I used to live round the corner from where I am now, and I had Painted Ladies regularly. I'm hoping I can attract some again as they're apparently in short supply. 


Posted: 27/07/2014 at 10:09

Morning all. Bit of rain overnight  here which was badly needed and a bit cooler for sleeping. rain didn't wake me either Pauline 

I don't get bitten either Yvie, even the midges don't like me much thankfully. There was a talk on Jeremy Vine's show on Radio 2 the other day with a prof /expert of some kind and a lot of it is down to smell. Some people's 'smell' attracts them. Make of that what you will! 

Glad you had a good time Dove. 

I know I'm your favourite Verd, but I'll pass on the chilli 'present' thanks 

My Clematis Montana is wilting - what should I do?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 21:00

It should be fine Ivonne. Prepare the hole well first. Water well before moving, and once you've got it in, then regularly if it's very dry until established and showing new growth. If you want a clematis for the pot, try looking on one of the specialist clematis growers sites - they're great for info. We often recommend Taylor's Clematis on here, who have a huge selection, and there's also  Evison's. You'll be spoilt for choice! 

My Clematis Montana is wilting - what should I do?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 20:33

They're not really suited to containers unless it's a purpose built, generous one, as they need a good root run to sustain the vigorous top growth. There are plenty of clematis which will grow quite happily in pots but they will also need a lot more attention in long dry spells, as they need copious amounts of food and water to perform well.

Shrub conifer turned brown this month

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 20:13

Think you may be right nut - looks like one of the Thujas - occidentalis is that kind of shape and habit I think.  Lots of conifers colour up over winter Paul, but they revert to their 'normal' colour when spring comes. I don't think that one's reverting any time soon  - I reckon that's terminal unfortunately. I had a juniper which turns from green to golden over winter, but it never went green again in spring so it had to get chucked. 

Look on it as a chance to plant something new and different! 


Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:10

I'll send eldest fairy down to you KEF - I just glaze over when she starts talking about techie stuff 

Leaking pond liner

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:04

Oh - but you need to put some pix on to let us all see how it looks! 

It's always of great interest to anyone making a pond gsd&f. No matter what type it is, others can learn a lot from your experience and I expect someone will ask you for advice as to how you did certain things. 

PS Bradshaws are excellent - I've used them before and would definitely use them again if I needed anything for a new project.


Posted: 26/07/2014 at 17:57

Only putting my feet up now bekkie! Done quite a bit outside but the rain's appeared so I finished what I was doing and came in. Grass cut earlier,some re jigging of a few things and some planting, painting and  deadheading so quite pleased. 

Still quite humid, but much cooler, so good for digging and lugging things about. Don't feel guilty Pauline - I've done a lot of that recently. It's very frustrating when you have a lot to do though. Daisyhc - I'm the same - no walking for ages and I badly need to do it - clothes are far too tight. My muffin tops are more like gateau tops these days.

Near the end of winter 2012/2013, I bought a pair of trousers for work in the usual size. I was horrified when I put them on and they were nowhere near fastening. I moved house and because it was really cold, and I couldn't do anything gardening wise, I went out almost every day after work and within a couple of months the trousers were fine.

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