Latest posts by Fairygirl

Installation of new turf

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 17:47

It won't be cheap for an area that size unfortunately. 

Can you get hold of some well rotted manure? If you dig that in and level it, you could away with a lot less soil. I think six inches is quite a lot anyway. How about trying to negotiate with a supplier on the cost?

Or only doing one area of it for now? That could be easier, but it would depend on what you do with the rest of it! 

Lily in a pot

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 17:36

They don't flower at this time of year unless they've been forced, or are undercover. Usually around July for them. They need a good bit of food to do well, so make sure you repot them as they grow. After flowering, or when dormant, is the best time, but you should remove some old soil/compost each sping and replace it with new stuff if they're staying in pots. 

Birds won't have eaten them either - it will have been slugs/snails. They're very fond of the lush, new growth in spring. 

What are the other bulbs, and why do you want to shorten the roots?

Problem bed...

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 17:31

That's nothing Steve - I once killed a Russian Vine!  

I have a grass that's not widely grown,although I remember Mr Titchmarsh having one and singing it's praises.  Spartina - it grows in coastal areas and is happy in drought or wet, as it will withstand tidal currents etc. It gets to about a metre or slightly more, and forms a big arching stand. Green edged in gold. Not evergreen, but could be useful for your site. Some of the Carexes will be fine, Hackenochloas and Hellebores. Those hardy fuchsias might be ok too.  Potentillas will be fine, and Astilbes. 

I wouldn't grow peonies there if it gets boggy in winter - the dark pink one is less fussy than the other, more fussy ones though. 

Spring bulbs faded - what to do with them now?

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 08:10

I leave all mine in their pots and put them somewhere out of sight - sheltered if they're ones which don't like bad weather. I feed them once or twice, then bring them back out when they start into growth, replacing a good bit of the compost. Pretty much the same as Keenie. 

Christian Kitchens Dukinfield Reviews (18)

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 08:07

Must be made of bananas pansyface  

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 08:05

Morning all / afties Pat - gorgeous vase of flowers 

I have a couple of Dutch Iris which have appeared - thought they were long dead! I'll cut a few of the last of the narcissus and bring them into the house later.

Smashing greenhouse LG ...err, maybe shouldn't use the word 'smashing'.....

Hope you enjoy it. I don't have the room in the right location for one. What's even more annoying is that last year, I went up to do them, and changed my mind. Went further on and did part of the Ring of Steall instead. I didn't have time to do all of it but would have got those two no probs.  Such is life  

You had a nice weekend chicky - hope you have a good trip. If you see Mr Trump - make a face at him 

Interesting times elsewhere too eh? Vive la France....

I'll have a quick look round before I go. WIsh I'd picked this last week to have off. Another lovely day although still a bit chilly at the moment. Have a grand day everyone 

Yellow balls in soil

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 07:57

We get asked this frequently - no need to worry Grace. B3 has given the answer. The outer shell breaks down, with moisture and warmth, to release the food inside  

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 07:54

Really looking smart there gdan  

You have so many tulips James - looks really glorious in the sun 

I have a little Columbine which is flowering just now - a dwarf, white one which will go in my long border

The dicentra is , at last, starting to perform. It got damaged by a r***y cat earlier in the year 

and these have reappeared - white Dutch Iris. I'll cut them for the house with the last of the narcissus

Soil full of tree roots, north, fence

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 21:36

No - they're greedy plants, roses and clematis, and wouldn't thrive there as they'd need huge amounts of water. It's why your rhododendron and hydrangea wouldn't grow well there either.  

Leylandii will prevent most things from thriving as the roots will travel a long way and suck up all the moisture from the surrounding soil. Euphorbias might do well enough if they get properly established.

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 21:20

He was quite happy there Bob  

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