Latest posts by Fairygirl

New pond

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 08:46

Huge undertaking GD, so no wonder you're a bit jaded. Doesn't help when workmen knacker things along the way does it? Every day, you get up and look out and it looks like it'll never be finished. It can be very wearing, and you wish you'd never started. I know that feeling well, but one day, you'll turn the corner and it will all suddenly start to look like it should, and you'll be glad you did it  

It will be fantastic for all the wildlife, and for yourselves too when you sit back on a sunny evening, glass in hand,  and watch it being enjoyed by them. That will make all the effort worthwhile. 

Difficult when the project's over the worst part of the year and you don't have loads of other greenery and plants to detract from it and enjoy. Hope your trip to the GC perks you up a bit  

Planting an Acer

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 08:36

I'd agree - and assuming it's in a pot and is a reasonable size, it should be fine. A mulch round it will help protect it from drying out too. A slightly shadier aspect is ideal, and out of harsh winds as Obelixx says. You'll get the best from it that way. 

In future, if you're in an area where spring can be dry, make sure it doesn't go short of water at that time of year too. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 08:31

Morning all/afties Pat - are we last on your list for chatting then? I'm 'black affronted'  

I find that's often the case - a big story dominates the headlines, then suddenly - nothing. You don't get a follow up or any updates, even when it's something that must be ongoing for quite a while. It's very irritating.

Oh Hosta - I sympathise. I fell asleep on the settee last night - till half two. Then I was awake till half four. I've had more sleep than usual, but I know i'll feel worse today than if I'd gone to bed and got a normal night and up at seven or earlier. Perhaps there's something in BL's suggestion though....perhaps try to 'forget it' alittle, if you can, and start from there. Have you thought of hypnotism? I'm not one for those things, but many people find it helps for lots of issues. 

Forecast's rubbish for walking - fog, then mist , then back to fog  pretty much everywhere except the north east. I'll just have to do a low level walk (which I hate) or do some garden stuff. Or, horror of horrors, h****work 

Sweet Peas

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 18:19

I've never used root trainers, pitter patter, and I grow them every year with good success rates. It's really not vital.  I rarely grow early either, as the direct sown ones usually catch up anyway. Our 'spring' weather isn't that warm, so when planting out the early sown ones, they tend to sulk for a while and it's not worth the effort. 

I sow two or three to a 3 or 4 inch pot and then plant the entire pot out when the roots are showing through the bottom. 

In a pot that size, you could  get about eight or maybe ten, providing you feed and water well. Some people might even say more, but I always prefer to give mine enough room to thrive. 

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 18:05

Lovely Frit  

Mrs Denzel was in sharpish today 

and the nuthatches are very much at home now 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:57

Lovely pitter patter 

Especially like the colouring on  that crocus. 

Anyone else come across invasive Rhododendron

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:55

Ponticum is now a really serious problem up here. It's pushing out our native species and requires a lot of graft to eradicate it, especially in glens and woodland which are home to lots of quite endangered species - both animal and plant.   Horrible stuff. 

I'm surprised your council is refusing to act. Mind you, that's councils for you  


Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:39


Hopefully I may get a frog or two visiting sometime. The one I saw last year probably wasn't old enough yet though. Can't remember when I first saw little froglets from the spawn I got  either 

Been sorting the area at the back of the shed, much to the annoyance of Fatty McFatface robin. I'm going to start charging board and lodging. Was quite pleasant, bit rainy but not too cold. Not quite t-shirt weather though  

I haven't organised anything for my dinner. MIght have to raid the freezer to see if there's any leftover little bits of something. I'm very disorganised  when the girls are away. At least I remembered to have lunch today 

Sweet Peas

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:32

Do you mean there's 10 in one pot Hazel?

If so, it's not ideal, unless it's a great big pot, in which you can let them grow away for the rest of the  season. If they're that small, I'd try and separate into bundles of two or three, into a 3 or 4 inch pot, let them carry on growing untill they're big enough to fend for themselves well , and be planted out in the big bad world in their final position, be that pot or border.

I assume you have them outside, and just protected from the worst of the weather? If not, and they're in a greenhouse or cold frame, you'll need to watch they get enough light or they'll get leggy. Pinch them out as they grow, so that they become bushy plants. Make sure they're not cossetted either - sweet peas are hardy  

Ordinary compost is fine for now. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 14:30

Could have done with oneof those for lunch Dove  

It's brightened here, so I'm off to do summat outside. Perhaps the job I was meant to do yesterday...

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