Latest posts by Fairygirl

Tomatoes and pinching out

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 12:46

Easier to nip them out when you see them. When you pot on - bury your plants a bit deeper as well Chris - right up to the first pair of leaves. That gives them more stability as they'll send out more little feeding roots. They look like nice plants you have   

Which screening evergreen tree should we choose?

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 12:44

Yew or Holly would be my choice - not conifers unless you have enough time and energy to keep them correctly pruned. If you plant something fast growing - you'll be forever pruning it to stop it becoming enormous.  

 I wouldn't plant anything  that size either - not unless you're sure you can get them established, and that isn't easy. Buy ones at three or feet - they'll get going much quicker, and with less effort. 

Child friendly ideas for East facing garden with clay soil and vast bay tree

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 08:14

Have you any photos of the site? That helps with advice. Buddleias are fine in any reasonable  soil Elspeth - so that's a great start   

There's plenty you can grow - what are your specific likes and dislikes (colours etc) and how much time do you have to maintain them? That's a very important factor. Shrubs, once established,  take very little maintenance, and you can add perennials and bulbs for extra colour and interest. What else do you want to use the garden for? Do you want grass? Do you have a seating area or any other features there? Veg growing? 

Any other info will help with suggestions.

Food grade pest killer ideas

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 08:08

Think we're all singing from the same hymnbook here Emidee. Hosepipes or hands initially if it's a bad infestation - and then birds. By far the best method  

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 08:05

Never seen one Dove. I did wonder if it was that but wasn't sure. Very pretty  

Boston Ivy grow on wire/twine?

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 08:04

In a word - no. Far too vigorous and heavy. It's used for covering buildings!

If you're looking for a screen type of arrangement, and I'm not sure if that's what you're trying to do, you'd be better erecting some posts and trellis, and growing something less substantial - ivy, clematis or roses - which you can prune and contain more readily. It would still have to be a sturdy structure.

If it's to go on a wall - there isn't a problem growing any of them there - unless your wall's already unsound. 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 08:00

It's really the only way to do that hill Pat. Normally the wind would have been coming the other way - but once you're on top it's brisk whichever way it's coming! The best views are from the other Ben Reoch though, but hill baggers often miss it out and only do the third hill (Tullich) in conjunction with that one. A shame - they're missing a good little hill. It doesn't count as a separate hill, because there isn't quite enough descent and reascent between them. 

I didn't head over to the other hill like I did last time as it would have made me a bit late home, and I was getting dinner made for me 

Wood Beds UK

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 07:52

They'd be good for a nice bonfire pansy. Probably all they're good for  

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 07:50

Morning all/afties Pat if you're there

Another cool, cloudy breezy day here. Hopefully the sun will break through later like it eventually did yesterday.

You had plenty of sun on your travels chicky - up above and on the ground! It does take a little while to do the photos. 

Not familiar with those ( birds) Obelixx. What is it! 

Enoy the seaside Dove. Bring me  back a cone - raspberry sauce please 

Haven't really read back yet so I'll do that before I go to t'mines. Have  a great day everyone, whatever you get up to.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 23:05

Pat - he looks very grumpy at having his photo taken! 

Very windy over the weekend on the hills, so I changed my intended plan of two Mamores as I didn't fancy crawling along the ridge on my hands and knees 

I went back to Glen Douglas instead to do a little hill there which I visited last March - Beinn Breac. 

I was being watched as I headed up....

Nice view back towards the Luss hills 

The wind was quite fierce at the summit, so I had to lean in against the trig to get photos. Ben Lomond, across the other side of the loch....

....was less 'white' than last time


North east along Loch Lomond  

The hazy Arrochar hills, with Ben Reoch in the foreground

I droppped down to the little lochan in the pic above - the wind was gusting across it, even though it was more sheltered here

Even the sheep were keeping down out of the wind to have their tea 

Circled round across the slope and back to join the outward route. Just the meadow pipits chirking away to keep me company. A nice way to spend a few hours.   I stopped on the way back to get a pic of Ben Lomond. 

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