Latest posts by Fairygirl

Uploading pics

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 19:01

You should be able to post pix up to 5MB Johnny, but that isn't working just now....not sure when it'll be fixed either....

If I can do it, I'm sure you can!

Although I had to have the help of my daughter to do it...  

Uploading pics

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 18:03

Unfortunately Johnny, we can no longer use an external site.

It's made things very tricky as you have to use the internal library on whatever device you have, and then resize pix if they're bigger than 2.5MB.

Orange is the colour

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 17:59

I think the geums might find it a bit damp but if there's enough sun and you add some grit and compost when planting, they'd be an excellent choice. 

Don't know how big the area is, but good old Potentilla (an orange variety)  would give you a long flowering period and will be a good backdrop for other things. Some of the dogwoods would give stem colour in winter if you have room. 

Many Ligularias  have good orangey flowers and like a bit of dampness. They do like a little bit of sun though. 

Don't forget bulbs too - if the soil's a bit too moist, you can sink a few pots of tulips into the ground. Loads of good oranges.  The early species ones would be ok and there are lots of orange varieties of those.

You'd just have to check if they're ok with alkaline soil though - I've never had anything but neutral to acid soil. The potentilla would certainly be fine. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 17:47

Certainly looks very like it BL. Even allowing for the difference in our climates etc, mine have always flowered from late June here and go on forever, so if you find yours is the same, then it would seem a likely candidate. 

It's lovely anyway! 


Camera Talk

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 17:39

What are you like David!   

That first pic of mine is lousy - didn't realise it was so blurry  

Those are gorgeous Jacqueline, the ladybird just caps it beautifully  

Those damselfly pix are stunning Papi Jo. The detail is superb  

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 14:53

All part of the big learning curve Kitty...

Our season's a bit later than the south so growth depends on how much warmth we get through June - usually not very much! On the plus side, sweet peas are often still flowering into October. 

To be honest, the weather has made things tricky for a lot of plants, no matter which part of the country you live in. We had an extremely dry spring here, and lots of plants struggled because they weren't watered. We never need to water at that time of year as March and April are usually cold and wet, so I didn't think of doing it!   


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 14:47

I'm sitting here agreeing with so much of what's been said. Religion is used to justify terror, when it's  an excuse.

Perspective is exactly right too. 

At work today, we were discussing some of these brilliant programmes, like the Brian Cox one just now, and how people in remote areas tackle raging rivers and sheer cliffs to harvest food etc. I said 'I know, and only the other day I was frustrated at not being able to find small green bananas'....

We really don't know how lucky we are.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 14:24

I love your first ones Kitty  

I have Beaujolais which is very similar. They look nice and healthy which is the most important thing. 

Mine are around 2 to 3 feet - that's about normal for us at this time of year. The Cupanis are a bit smaller anyway. 

Laying turf over compacted hardcore

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 14:21

HI Laura, I can't open your attachments, but it doesn't really matter. You'll need to break the hardcore up before putting your soil on top. Unfortunately, drainage is important for grass to do well, so even if you're in a  fairly dry area, excess rain will just 'sit' on top of the hardcore, making the soil boggy, which in turn will  make the grass unhappy. It'll be worse during winter. 

A good bit of digging with a fork to loosen it all might  be enough, but if it's been a driveway, it'll be very compacted, so you may need to do a lot more than that to make it a viable base.

I think it may need something heavier duty than a fork!  

Ooh - Bob's put the pic on  

Plant identification

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 14:05

I think the Eleagnus is a good shout Hosta. I opened the pic in a separate image which was better. Some of the foliage does look a bit silvery underneath. 

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