Latest posts by Fairygirl

How To Store Broccoli?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 08:31

Well it makes a change from the usual kitchen spam.

In fact - spam and broccoli might be interesting....


The gloves that changed my life

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 08:28

That's what I saw too , nut - Sunday morning as well 

I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, but let's say I've brought it to the attention of the powers that be....

Blitzing a garden rant

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 08:01

How very sad GD. Perhaps people are simply unaware. Perhaps you'll be able to encourage the new residents and let them see how wonderful it can be to provide a good habitat as well as having a nice space for humans. 

Easy to make judgements too. As Joyce says, all sorts of people leave their gardens a total mess  (often becoming a  health hazard )  and only 'tidying' it when they move. I lived next door to one in a previous house. He was just an idle,  lazy b***er. It's perfectly possible to have a good balance. Was relieved when the the nice new lady moved in. Landlords can be a bit complacent about outdoor spaces too, and simply rely on tenants to keep gardens properly maintained. A friend of mine rented out her house and the woman and her son trashed the place and left the garden a midden. Others are completely the opposite, and leave properties in better condition than they were when they moved in. I have personal experience of both sides of that situation. 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 07:46

Thanks Liri. The whites were chosen for that reason. I love that lush feel that we normally have at this time of year, and the whites work well with green and soft yellows, in sun or shade,  before all the purples come along.

Yes - Miss B. I'm actually not that keen on the bigger flowered types, but the greenish bars and purple anthers are nice on it, and it's particularly pretty in the morning as it's in shade, and shows up really well against the fence with the white broom just along from it. Also when it's getting dark  

Blue vs purple flowers

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 07:41

I'm with you on blue colours, peanuts. Too cold for me. Red end of the blue spectrum for me only.  Bluebells are quite a purply blue I think - especially when they're not quite open. Hate that 'forget me not' colour in particular  

Can make it tricky when choosing something unless you see it in flower though! 

The gloves that changed my life

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 07:35

They'll be of little interest here - they don't ship to the UK and this is a predominantly UK based forum. 

Was that a sneaky advert for your own product, by any chance?  

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 07:32

Lovely pix steephill - yes, the Arrochar hills are still looking grand 

I like that graveyard pic with the bluebells.  Looks lovely for a walk too.  The wild orchids will be out here soon - I always like seeing those on the hills.

What does that fruit (Geebung) taste like Pat?  That orchid must be pretty sturdy to cope with that habitat. Nature's pretty astonishing when you think about it! 

It was unexpected - that ptarmigan. I saw one wheeling around later on - presumably the same one. No sign of another one. Usually you'd see a few together. He was clearly a youngster, and just toddled aound, hunkering down till I'd gone. The camouflage is incredible. I remember being on the summit ridge to Bidean nam Bian's summit, and seeing some movement out the corner of my eye. Couple of them there. You'd never have seen them if they hadn't moved. 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 07:20

Morning Dove. Bluetits were in the feeder when I came back  

Not walking today - the forecast was a bit rubbish so that's why I nipped out on Friday. Knee braces are on the ruckie   

There's two words that don't go together Hosta - 'highlights' and 'Eurovision'  

Using pesticide on shrubs/plants for bees

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 07:17

If shrubs/plants are very crowded it makes them weaker, and therefore more vulnerable too. Is that the case with these? Strong, healthy plants in general, can shrug off pests more easily. Correct pruning also helps.

The best defence against pests is to attract plenty of birds into the garden - along  with the jet of  water approach, as Hosta says.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 06:39

Morning Hosta and afties Pat. Thinking about you today. Hope Mother's Day has been ok for you. 

Sorry to hear about your Dad chicky. Worrying for you all. My dad was very independent, but as soon as he had a fall, it changed everything, because you suddenly realise they aren't invincible any more. 

Topping up on tea here too Hosta - up to take duaghter to work for seven.  Been raining overnight  and everything looks very green and healthy after all the rain yesterday as well. We really needed it here - not often I can say that! Four sparrows on the feeder this morning - their young 'uns must be keeping them busy too  

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Wildlife photos

Our wildlife photos - from gardens and beyond 
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If you're feeling down, sing along.....# 
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keep posting your non gardening photos here 
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for the lovely Forker family  
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