Latest posts by Fairygirl

Dahlia outside

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 11:45

As doc says - it depends where you are. Frost can still appear in the next few weeks in many parts of the country, and will affect any soft new growth. It also depends on the variety - some are tougher than others. You could certainly harden it off a bit by putting it outside for an hour or two each day when it's favourable though, and building that time up over the next few weeks.  

Using pesticide on shrubs/plants for bees

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 11:38

Just nip out the affected leaves. If it's greenfly, just wipe them off or spray with water. A healthy plant will shrug off most pests quite easily. Buddleias are very tough - you can prune off those ends (after the caterpillar has gone) or remove distorted leaves and it'll grow plenty more. Mine are like that just now. It will still be covered in flowers later in the year   

Encourage some wildlife into the garden too. That means you don't have to resort to chemicals which kill all the beneficial insects and predators as well as the pests.

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Tulip Fest 😍🌷

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 11:18

A few stragglers as they were a cheap late offering. Queen of Night in pots, slotted in among other planting until I find a spot for them for a year or two

Willow tree dropping leaves

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 11:15

I don't think that's anything to worry about. It's normal for any shrub or tree to shed some older, less healthy leaves when it's dry to reduce stress. It's trying to maintain the rest of the tree, which is very mature. 

Give it a good watering if you feel it's necessary, but if it was mine, I'd just let it get on with it. 

Mysterious mint eater

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:46

Rabbits, I'd have thought would be the most likely. They'll have a go at anything.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:44


A wee view for you then

Just watching G'sW just now - I'll look out for the trousers Hosta! 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:23

Liri - it was just the fact that he didn't scoot immediately that was surprising. That's quite unusual. Nice though!

Ah - the skywater - we can never replicate that - no matter how hard we try 

Doc - I'm just thinking that, while I wasn't a million miles away in real terms yesterday, I was more than that in terms of my life compared to  those poor souls over there. We are more than lucky here - no matter how much we grump and moan about things. My biggest worry on that hill was whether it might rain, or how bad the traffic might be going home. I have nothing at all to complain about, and I'm eternally grateful for that. Bless you and all the others who do the same.

And enjoy being told what to do for a little while  

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:09

I've bought some seed of the rivale Yvie - although I haven't got round to sowing them yet. I'm hoping they might be  useful, although I'm slightly worried about the 'peachy' aspect. It's a colour I hate 

Went out and took a few new photos in the gentle rain 

"Fishing" Waders

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:24

You could just go for  a mankini instead Hosta  

My daughter had a swim in the pond at our last house. It was about four or five feet deep in the middle, and probably pretty manky due to the stinky koi carp and golden orfe that were in it 

Planting bulbs

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:21

I've just potted up  a few lilies that I got reduced locally. They're already showing through. They won't make a lot this year, but will next year. Get them potted and keep them somewhere sheltered. Don't let them dry out, and they should be fine.

As Dove says - plant the tulips too, but they may not do much next year. 

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