Latest posts by Fairygirl

Plant ID, updates and confirmations.

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:39

That forget -me -not type one might be one of the little speedwells that  appear in grass quite often. 

I'd agree about the sycamores Jack - they're whoppers! Plenty of nice small trees you could put in. Amelanchier lamarkii (snowy mespilus) makes  a nice airy tree in small plots.


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 20:11

Hello Woody - we've missed you  love. Glad you're fine and garden is blooming. Some updated pix would be nice. 

We'll forgive your absence- don't let it happen again though....

Wildlife Pond plants.

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 20:05

I had Water Hawthorn which was beautiful. Gorgeous scent on a warm evening.

sweet pea framework

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 19:58

I grow them in pots about 15" diameter (at the top) with 3 to 4 canes and 2 to 3 plants at each cane with string as Dove describes. 

Last year I also grew one in a smaller pot than that, in with a Clematis.  I kept the pot in the shade of the steps at the back door and then trained them up the handrail. Both performed perfectly well - but plenty of watering helped!


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 19:02

MrsG - I'm so glad I don't have to worry about MILs any more. Very rude and thoughtless of her frankly. No excuse. 

Sorry - got enough woodwork of my own to paint !  

Do it with a roller - much quicker 

Unknown Plant

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 18:52

Hi Daniel - just to update you. I asked my ex if he'd had any further problem with the knotweed coming into his garden. He said it was fine - the council came out a few times and dealt with it and he only had a couple of pieces coming through last year which he put weedkiller on, so hopefully if it's tackled properly you'll be ok. If it's coming through from a neighbouring property it might be worth having a word with them about it as they might not be aware of the issues. It can affect house sales now - it certainly does up here. I know of a couple of people who've not bought houses because of it. Good luck with it anyway 

Support for Sarah

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 18:38

I've just planted a Peony and at the moment I have some pieces of split bamboo in the bed which were to deter a cat () while things were getting planted and established. They're in the soil at each end forming a low hoop and I'm thinking of keeping some there as a support for the Peony. In the past I've either used canes and string or I've had other plants around them for support.

I'll go and take a pic to let you see what I mean 


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 18:32

Evening all you lovely people 

Lovely pix Bill 

Well the sun stayed out and it was actually above 10 degrees well into the teens in fact so got loads done after work! All the trim for the main run of raised beds finished, painted, attached and all screw heads countersunk so I can sit on it without any  'issues' 

I'll come and give you a hand when I get some hols doc 

KEF - glad you found it. I 'liberated' my rings when husband left. They went to the great jeweller in the sky...well, the wheelie bin and then the council tip...

Enjoyed Andy's comment about it - have you got the lead rein for it yet?

You're a good soul Verd. If it's important to your Mum it's important for you to do it, and since you've been good,  I''l let you off with your classy humour... 

Off for a quick look round forum before I organise dinner. 

Laying turf over old turf?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 08:05

The baby will do less damage than the dog - well for a while anyway! 

Not worthwhile spending a fortune on expensive turf either while children are going to be using it. You can still have a nice lawn without spending loads- a feed in spring and keeping it regularly mown will be fine until you reclaim it for yourself and have your velvety green sward 


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 07:57

Morning all. lovely day here  - hope it lasts this time!

Hope all the sickly people get well soon. Please don't give me your germs - I need to go to work! 

Fidget - is that SIL's stuff you're taking to the dump? Know the feeling - although in my case it was getting my sister to actually do anything without taking ten hours.  Feel free to vent your frustration.

Off for  a quick look round before I go.

Have a good day everyone.

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