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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Who`s a reliable mail order plant supplier

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 06:22

I think it often depends what you're buying Sarah. Verdun started a thread called The Good Guys exactly for this purpose. I'll see if I can find it for you and you can take a look 

rhododendron pruning / shaping

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 06:19

I beg to differ - rhodos can grow like weeds here and if they're grown as an informal hedge they need regular pruning once established - cut hard back very few years, or trimmed every year to keep them at an ideal height. What they don't like is being in a pot so I think if you've now got it settled in the ground it will gradually start to thrive MrsG, but it may take a while. Give it plenty of tlc, a regular feed of your choice and a mulch and keep it free of competition from other plants. If it's in a sunnyish site don't let it get dried out -  rainwater if yours isn't ideal . It should be at it's full height if it's that age. I've already cut back the one I inherited a year ago (near the base) and it's grown a lot already, but I have the perfect conditions here for it. It's getting a big haircut later on  


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 19:14

Evening people. Just in - cup of tea has been had and dinner about to be cooked.

Was quite nice here today when I was at work 

But it stayed nice after I got home so I've been out 'sorting' Split a phormium - thought I'd  get a couple of bits but I've got four. Now running out of pots to put everything in Strawberries re housed in the phormium pot. I seem to spend a lot of time washing pots. Off for a look round and then I might catch up on the Chelsea thingy. Looking a bit thundery and oppressive now.

Didn't hear you on Saturday night OL. 

My sister near Edinburgh says she did though.....


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 07:43

Morning Dove. The greenfly have also discovered DD and enjoy him too. Had to give him a spray of my famous liquid 

Mine's very 'bushy' and I have to keep encouraging him up the trellis. Doesn't help that he was growing so much by the time I got it painted and on the fence that I broke some of the budding stems earlier on in the year  

Right off I go to the salt mines 


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 07:29

Morning all. Wasn't on last night - too weary. Weather cleared by the time I came back from supermarket etc so I got on outside - digging out roots  and lots of other things, even put a wash out - and daughter's t shirt got bird poo-ed...and it was on the inside... 

No clematis flowering yet but Daniel D about to, and lots of buds. Amazing the difference a few hundred miles can make. Hawthorn hedges are only just starting to break into flower. Lovely lupins John.  

I found a seed pod recently that I'd collected from a sweet pea last year and they've all germinated apart from one. Not sure where I'm going to put them all 

Off for a look round before I go in fifteen mins or so. Have a good day all.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 10:51

It's just perfect LL. I think you should transport your garden immediately to Chelsea described as a 'small Italianate courtyard garden'.

It's a Gold in my book 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 09:20

That's just beautiful LL. I hope you get plenty of great weather to enjoy it - and the blackbirds too! Pot against the wall with the water feature (?) above is very classy. 


Posted: 18/05/2014 at 09:13

Tea for me Dove - same as chick - and nice and strong. I'll skip the eggs though - had my porridge 

Hey - it's just over ten degrees and not chucking it down chicky- that counts as a good day here at this time of year  Did FIL not just sleep in the tent?

Might plant some of my new plants today if weather and other stuff permits. Mulching round all the hedge needing done too. Looks a good site Verd - I ordered a couple of things yesterday from Jackson's nursery so will see what they're like when they arrive.

Should go and get myself organised now. Have a good day all 

Plant ID

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 07:14

Looks quite beech-y to me too Lesley but if we're wrong I'm sure someone will be along to give the right ID!


Posted: 18/05/2014 at 07:07

Morning all. I dozed off last night so I didn't hear KEF coming in...are you sure it was the hedgehogs and not KEF making all the noise Dove? 

Is there any curry left...never quite got round to dinner last night 

Big black clouds coming from the north west - as forecast. May have to be doing indoor painting today and s'market shopping. Nothing super about it as far as I'm concerned. Sowed some more lettuce and rocket yesterday evening and some other things I found. I chucked a massive snail more than 65 feet earlier - let's see if it survives the traffic in a bid to get back 

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