Latest posts by Fairygirl

Pulmonaria problem!

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 19:47

Is the ground a bit dry? They like a damper soil, and  buds drying out on plants before opening can be caused by dry conditions. Winds are very drying too, so if they're a bit exposed, that's a possibility too.

Moving a small whitebeam

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 19:45

No problem Anna. It may not survive as it might be tricky to get out, but see how you get on 

Moving a small whitebeam

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 19:29

In theory - yes.  

Soak it thoroughly at the base, then prepare a new site well, with plenty of rotted manure and compost in the hole, and then dig it out carefully  - taking as big a rootball as possible - and carefully move to the new site. A feed of Blood, Fish and Bone in the hole will give it some slow release nourishment.

Water it well and mulch and then keep an eye on it. It'll need regular watering until you see some new growth, and then water in long dry spells for the rest of the season. You may need to prune it if it has a lot of top growth, to make it easier for it to establish.

There's a chance it may not thrive if it's been there that long and isn't doing well, but worth a shot if you want to try and keep it 

Tulip Fest 😍🌷

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 18:52

I think I have the same little species ones Bob  - Persian Pearl?  I'm waiting for the other pinky one I bought (Little Beauty ) to appear. All new arrivals and in the new bed 

I've put all my pix on the Garden Gallery thread, but here's a couple - from that new bed

Tulips praestans  Fusilier

Tulipa Chrysantha - about to open

A pot of a few of my creamy ones still appearing - in the border with other whites

Ronaldo, behind another pot of species ones whose name escapes me 

Sweet Peas

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 18:08

Most likely culprit is  slugs  and/or snails - even with your deterrent. Most of these things don't work that well, and a slug or two can devastate a sweet pea very quickly.

Mice generally tend to eat the seed rather than the plants themselves, but it's a possibility, in which case you'll need to look at getting traps.

Are you making sure they're hardened off well enough when you plant them out? If they've been grown over winter and then get exposed to rough weather too quickly that can cause them to shrivel up. People worry a lot about frost  ( usually unnecessarily, as they can withstand a fair bit of frost ) when planting out, but wet, cold, windy wetaher does more damage initially. 

Another thought - what other planting do you have near them? Are they getting enough light where they're planted? 

Difference in climate

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 08:10

Goldie - I've never seen hawthorn hegdes so green, so early, and I've lived in variousparts of west central Scotland my whole life. It's usually early May before trees are greening up properly.  I have tulips flowering which are also much earlier than the norm. I think this is the mildest spring in donkey's years here. 

It's not just location in terms of north or south, but exposure and height above sea level, which are major factors in plant growth.  

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 07:59

Morning all/afties Pat if you're there 

I haven't read back, but I'm guessing from the above posts we have some new forumites, so I'll welcome you all anyway and read back when I get time .

I've not go any seedlings big enough to worry about - not that I'm going anywhere anyway. One of the advantages of cooler conditions - I could go away for a week at this time of  year quite easily - if anyone has any offers  

I'm assuming Hosta has some bees? They'd be fat  if I had them as I wouldn't be eating any of the honey   

I read recently about some hives being vandalised up north and bees destroyed. Can't tell you how angry and upset  it made me. What the **** is wrong with people?

Chilly and windy here - rain to come later which will help my blackening front grass. Don't think there's much grass in it really - a lot less than usual.  A touch of grass seeding may be needed later on  

Have a good day everyone - better shift and get ready for the mines ...

Help to divide garden

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 07:46

Hi Sarah - when you say sloping, do you mean down and away from the house, up and away from the house, or a sideways one? Or a combination! 

Simple screens with climbers will break a garden up if placed correctly, and without losing views. Another design trick is 'windows' made in tall hedges, or pathways leading to a particular spot - often with a focal point of some kind to draw the eye there.

A pic would help if you can manage it. Click on the camera icon (top right) and go from there. 

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Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 08:08

You have some lovely views too Pat. Your verandah looks a great spot to sit and put the world to rights 

The dog knows who's in charge too 

That bird looks very 'crow/magpie' family - they're opportunists too! 

Glad you enjoy them Liri. Does the train go up the east side of Loch Long from Helensburgh, then across to Tarbet and down the west side of Loch Lomond? They're still talking about the landslide on the local news, but I'm not sure exactly where it is. As you approach Arrochar, those lower  hills are on the left -  I think you'll see the back end of The Brack from there. It's just before the main group of The Cobbler and Beinn Narnain/A Chrois, which you see right at Arrochar. The Glen Douglas hills, which I did last winter, are on the right. Didn't get much of a view of them on Saturday because of the cloud.

Improving soil

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 07:59

Looks like every garden I've ever had Katrina 

Loads of organic matter will relaly help - and surprisingly quickly, so don't despair. The area will be more compacted and solid because of the fabric layer too, as the soil isn't being used and broken up the way a garden normally would. Once you get  some good stuff in there, and a  bit of digging done,  it will very quickly become a great medium for planting.  

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