Latest posts by Fairygirl

Ugly patio!

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 19:53

Usually a dry mix of one cement to three sand will be fine. Just brush it into the gaps between the paving. 

If you listen to the Archers ....

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 19:51

As someone who doesn't listen to the Archers but knows of the storyline, please support this cause and also support anyone who you think might be in this position.

I also heard the latest on the evening news, and, as someone who has stood with the knife in her hand, I know how it feels when you can't take any more and you're seconds away from making the biggest mistake of your life. That's when I knew I had to get out and I did. 

I was lucky - not everyone is. 

Clematis advise

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 19:04

Have you refreshed the soil in the pot each year Marc? ie - removing an inch or two and replacing with some fresh compost. A little B, F&B mixed in with that is always beneficial.

The plant will quickly use up all the nutrients in the existing medium so it's something you should do every year with anything planted long term in a pot. Especially a flowering plant.  

Obelisks and climbers

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 18:50

It's why I stopped growing them years ago Fishy. Too much bother  

We've had a cold enough winter to kill more of them off, coupled with a milder spell which let plants get going.  Pity it's not always like that 

Obelisks and climbers

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 17:59

They're always a problem Fishy 

I find putting smaller plants (I know the size of the Asda ones you've got) into a deep clematis pot for a while lets them get a bit of growth on and a decent root system, so that they are sturdier plants to plant out in  a bed or border. It's easier to keep slugs away from them in a pot as you can  protect them more readily, especially if you don't like using pellets.

I bought a few that sort of size two years ago, potted them up as described till late summer and then planted them out. By then, they were good sized plants and have gone from strength to strength.   

Inconsistency with Nasturtium seed germination.

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 17:36

Definitely  sow outside where you want them 


Obelisks and climbers

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 17:31

Rouge Cardinal is a good do-er Fishy. Flowers very well  

Pesky squirrels

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 17:24

Chicken wire over the pots.  The plants grow through it  


Posted: 04/04/2016 at 17:19

Snap darren! 


Posted: 04/04/2016 at 17:18

Hi Anna - it's always a problem when you have something you find ugly but it can be expensive to completely change it. My first thought would be to attach trellis to the concrete blocks which would lessen their impact and provide a more solid barrier. 

Other than that, I think it's a case of putting up another fence in front of it, or planting a hedge for the long term. 


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