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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Tying In

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:01

I use string mainly - as David says, the  clippy things would be a bit severe on finer Clematis stems. The wire split circles are useful too, but I also buy plastic coated wire on reels and just cut pieces to suit. There's some green rubber/foam covered wire available now (quite thick) which I've not tried but it might look a bit ugly unless there's a good bit of foliage to cover it up. I like doing tying in.

Remember to tie  string firmly round the support first, then round the stem loosely to avoid chopping the stems in half 


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 15:54


Hello all - I'm home 

It's fediddling down out there so no planting or sawing or painting today. Sore head with the heavy thundery clouds though.  

All hostas Clari. If you have plant fairs near you, you could divide them up,  pot them up and sell them. They're expensive plants to buy.

Glad to see you're still here SP. I moved the map thread up for you.

GW live. What to expect?

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 15:44

I've bumped teh 'Map' thread up for you girls - so it's on Page 1. 

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 15:43

Bumping this up for SweetPea and Caral.

Privett hedge problem

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 12:43

Can you post a pic Andrea to let us get a better idea? If you click on the little green tree icon in the toolbar where you post it will give you  instructions.

Privet is pretty tough so it's not likely to be pest damage. Waterlogging? An animal spraying it? Exposed site so wind damaged?  Is it a new hedge or well established, because  we think of it as an evergreen but it's only semi evergreen so perhaps some parts are just slow to get going especially if it's been cut back hard. If it's been cut back it would benefit from a general feed to give it a boost,  watered well and  then mulched.

horsetail weed

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 12:36

Weedkiller and vigilance John seems to be the only way. 

Lots of people have had various experience with it - you can use a weed suppressing membrane in 'hard to reach' areas, but it will grow underground and pop up at the edges. I've done this in the past and then kept hoeing it or using strong weedkiller to keep it at bay. In more open areas , plenty of sturdy  evergreen ground cover will help a bit and then pulling it out on a regular basis and applying weedkiller several times during the year to keep on top of it. Any bits left in the ground will regrow, so I'm not convinced digging it out can work and takes a lot of effort, but others may say the opposite.

As you say - it's been around a very long time so it knows how to get the upper hand.

What are the best white flowers for bees and butterflies??

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 07:34

Lots of Tiarellas/Heucheras/Heucherellas have almost white flowers. I've had a tiarella flowering for almost two months - just going over now and the brighter yellowy/acid green Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade' and 'Alabama Sunrise' are about to flower. Bees love them.

The Acteas are great too as Verdun said. My new ones are growing well so hope to see flowers forming soon, and I also have white Buddleia.


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 07:29

Morning all. The rain we were to get hasn't appeared - yet - so it's quite nice just now. Youngest fairy goes back to school today after study leave - that's a shock to her system!

We have foxes trotting around here too Dove - there's lots of woodland around. 

KEF - is it strange that I like going to B&Q?  

Bracken's a bit of a thug when it gets going chicky - good luck with it. I remember a hill walk which involved a couple of miles initially through bracken. It was about 4' high at the time 

Off for a quick look round before I head off to the mine 

Have a good day everyone


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 12:33

Just in for a quick lunch. Choked on my sarnie when daughter showed me this pic. Just google 'obese, midget giraffe'. It's photo shopped but it'll make you laugh 



Posted: 03/06/2014 at 07:40


Couldn't they just eat the seals Verd? 

Wet here so just as well I'm off to work. I'll catch up with you all later

Have a good day everyone 

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