Latest posts by Fairygirl

What is this plant?

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 19:44

It's an Erythronium,  Sandy. Lovely - and I've just been sent some little plants by a forum member 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 19:37

Brilliant Dove!  Bunch of chancers, aren't they!  

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 18:46

I don't fancy his woolly drawers either Liri! I'm old enough to remember knitted swimsuits, although I don't think my mother inflicted them on us  

Nice try though BM 

They (squirrels) really are a beggaring nuisance. I think he's getting chased away from the peanut feeder as the blue and great tits seem to be monoplising that! They get quite shirty. Lovely to see them all stuffing their little beaky faces though  

Lawn in need of tlc

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 18:40

It's probably lack of moisture Cathy. Sandy soil drains quickly and has less nutrients, so it may be that if you really want grass there, you'll just have to keep feeding and spending time on it. I don't think there's an easy solution unfortunately. 

You could try using a grass seed which is suitable for your soil, and sow it mixed in with a little topsoil to give it a chance to germinate,  and then feed regularly with something like seaweed which will help to boost growth. You'll need to water regularly too.

It might be easier to get rid of the grass altogether though, and opt for soemthing else.  Often we have to admit defeat, even when we desperately want something!

New pond

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 17:33

Fantastic GD!  I see you have the perfect position for the bench ( and also the French doors for the less suitable days)  all ready for viewing!  

Sometimes you get little sticklebacks coming in with plants as eggs  - we had some in the garden round the corner which arrived that way. They don't do much harm - and shouldn't be an issue in a pond that size. 

Looking forward to seeing all the planting going in. You must be thrilled with it  

Lawn in need of tlc

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 17:27

Hi Cathy - is the lawn in a shady position? That makes it hard for grass to thrive.

If there are lots of surrounding hedges, trees or well filled borders, that can also take a lot of water and nutrients away from the grass, making it difficult for it to grow well.

The other issue can be the ground it's growing in. What is the soil like and is it compacted? 

Normally, a good weed and feed product at this time of year will help with getting rid of weeds, and will promote the growth of the grass. You can then oversow at a later date to help fill in any bare areas. 


Posted: 13/04/2017 at 17:22

It's always frustrating at that stage because you want it all planted and looking nice! It's a great size.

The water will settle down, but you will get some algae and blanketweed etc as it all warms up. Don't worry about getting plants in at any stage. You'll always get a bit of disruption of any sediment etc, but it's part of the process. 

Have you got some ideas of the planting you fancy for the pond itself? There are loads of good online suppliers which many of us here have used. It can be difficult to source them as most GCs don't stock much. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 17:17

Good luck with the pond Yvie. I've forgotten lots of the posts on here, but I remember you talking about making one. Hope the weather stays fair for you to get started. A wildlife type one I assume? Make sure you post pix of progress 

Not too warm here - doubt if it reached double figures, and that's without the windchill. Well - it's April I suppose, and at least we've had a lot less rain than usual. 

R***y squirrel has been in the raised bed near the back door - no doubt looking for more little alliums. Grrr  

Itea ilicifolia

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 17:11

Nothing ventured - as they say Elspeth!

I think if you can give it a sheltered spot, it should be ok. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 12:46

Can you do me some drawers Dove? The way this wind's shaping up, I might need them    

Haven't had time to be on here much in the last day or two,  but fab news all round for all the lovely people here! Congrats to Wonks - will you have time to use that lovely trug ? 

Have a peaceful weekend LP - what a relief 

DD - it's just terrific for you. I hope everything goes from strength to strength now. Sending you loads of hugs and good wishes from all the fairy family  xxx

Hope you're having a great break Yvie, and the weather's staying kind.

Did I hear plantmaiden mention my name? I'm slightly biased about fairies of course ... 

Nice to 'see' you D's end. Keep popping in as often as you can. 

Hosta - re L of D - wee Martin! 

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