Latest posts by Fairygirl

Direct sowing in clay soil - what flowers?

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 17:07

That's often the problem with sowing guides Peter - they really refer to ideal conditions. Your own conditions dictate the best time, but unfortunately, many people lose lots of seeds or plants because instructions aren't clear.  It's only when they've had to buy more seeds that they discover that! 

Direct sowing in clay soil - what flowers?

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 12:43

Nigella and Larkspur usually grow readily from direct sowings - even if the soil's not great. 

What the hellebores is going on?

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 12:41

ziggy - just a thought to add to Verdun's advice . Are they in a rain shadow where they're planted? They like a damper soil usually. If they're getting too dry they might be struggling a bit. 

Whats best for screening a warehouse - upto 5-6m. Please see images.

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 08:03

I'd rather have that than the row of houses behind me. Plant more 'internally' and have some features which draw your eye in a different direction. A really good focal point at one side for instance - Janie's suggestion of a pergola or something similar is the best idea. The more interesting you make your garden, the less you'll notice the wall. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 07:58

Morning all and afties Pat if you appear  

More clouds hovering here but no frost.

Enjoy your tennis Dove - hope my tomatoes are as quick to pop through! I'm going to do my harebells later if I have time. 

A quick look round before I go and make more 'ribbons' as the Americans call them 

Have a good day everyone

Recommendation for largish plant in container

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 07:50

I had two standard hollies at the front of my last house. We used large square  lead 'style'  (resin) containers for them. It was a Victorian sandstone house and they looked well there. They'll cope with pretty much anything 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 21:01

Bit of  both Liri. Nice when we do some fancy ones - the end product can be really satisfying. The Highland ones are mostly quite dull really. We just did an order for the American Bulldog Society - they were very smart, and we did a few specials for Harrison and Hetherington (  north of England stock auctions) yesterday which were lovely - purple and cream with stars round them. We do all their rosettes and sashes. 

I'm never that keen on those programmes either....bit too self indulgent for me. Would happily taste test them though  

Raised bed from scratch

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 20:24

When you say concrete - what exactly do you have underneath the bed? You need to make sure you have drainage for your plants. Are there holes round the base to allow excess water to escape? 

Re the manure - you can buy it in bags from garden centres or DIY stores if you can't access it from stables or farms. You can mix it with soil and compost to fill your bed 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 20:20

They are indeed Dove. Just finishing some of this year's today. It takes ages to work our way through the order as there are so many sections. 

They're a thing of beauty chicky....    glad you had a lovely day out  

Actually - we hate doing the order - but don't tell anyone! 

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