Latest posts by Fairygirl

Laurel pruning in high summer

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 08:05

6 foot plants will be very hard to get established so chop them well back, water thoroughly and mulch to retain moisture. It's why we always recommend that people DON'T buy big specimens - around three foot is the ideal. You can trim back the outward facing stems too.

Normally, you would use a pair of hand shears for laurel, rather than electric trimmers. The reason for that is the size of the foliage. Electric clippers slice through leaves and those cut leaves then go brown and look unsightly, but if it's huge (which many are!) hedge trimmers save a lot of time, and you can always go over the hedge, picking off the dead 'halves' with secateurs. As you have new plants, secateurs will probably be the only thing you'll need  


Posted: 24/06/2016 at 07:57

Morning all/afties Pat. Nice visitors  

I'm really saying nowt about the whole  'hokey cokey' fidget, other than -  we'll have another referendum up here now.   

But does it mean we can now build a wall to keep Mr Trump out? 

Been damp here, but supposed to be heavier rain later. Work till lunchtime then I might get some more things done. Digging  and putting my fence post in if the ground's a bit softer.

Have a good day everyone. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 21:36

Having your dignity, your freedom, and a safe place for the two of you is what matters DD. 

We make choices with the best of intentions. It doesn't always work and sometimes the outcome is hellish, but it can be turned round.

Fidget did it, I did it and I know you can do it too xxx


Posted: 23/06/2016 at 21:28

Evening all. Only came in a little while ago. Went to vote after work, did loads of stuff outside, made dinner, ate dinner, then back outside to cut back grass and plant a couple of little things. Dishes washed and a cuppa now.  

LP - I thought it was today that lovely man was appearing. The rain's to come in tonight, so - result!

Love the idea of the plane Joyce... 

Hope the weather holds for you Forkers tomorrow. 

T'bird - It was the prog about his trip to Pakistan to photograph the Karakoram mountains - K2 etc. Stunning scenery. 

Friday ALL day tomorrow Wonks  

Anyone know what these are?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 21:16

I'd say Escallonia too.

Could the second be one of the Daphnes? Not something I grow so not sure. 


Posted: 23/06/2016 at 08:16

Lesley - I wondered why Joyce would have one! Have you got the flying goggles Pat?   

GWRS - the forum changes now mean it's more difficult to post photos from laptops as we can no longer use an external site like we did before. Photos all have to be resized. I could post a pic of any size doing that, but they're now only up to 5mb, and that's not working either. Nothing over about 2.5 mb will upload  

Of to work. Have a good day everyone 

How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 08:01

I think that's a really good point obelixx - and not just for young clematis. People tend to think that if it's a sun lover, they should always BE in the sun and heat, not realising that young plants can't cope with that and drying out so quickly as well. All my small plants in pots, for bringing on, are given protection by other plants or shrubs, or a house wall etc. until they're ready to plant out. 

Can anyone please help with naming this plant?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 07:55

Delightful Dove. I could do with some of that here 


Posted: 23/06/2016 at 07:53

Morning all/afties Pat. Have you recovered from the birthday celebrations?  

Glorious day already here - shame we couldn't have had the southern thunderstorms and torrential rain here today  for the visit of that delightful, reasonable, articulate man with his candy floss hair at Turnberry. I could always drum up a plague of frogs. Those giant chicken frogs that are being protected at Chester zoo would be good! Had to laugh at the news that people are flying Mexican flags in the area 

Are you sending your drone over  with a flag Joyce? 

I can understand your feelings chicky. I still don't know what to do 

We need photos Hosta....

Did you sleep any better last night though? Hit and miss isn't it?

Lesley - men eh? 

Plant to fill a bed and keep dogs off?

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 20:08

Potentillas are tough as old boots, various colours, grows quickly, flowers for months. Easy to maintain and very forgiving. 

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keep posting your non gardening photos here 
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