Latest posts by Fairygirl

Pest proof birdfeeder.

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 12:51

I made a cage for the same reason Posy. The little birds were being bullied out quite a bit by the bigger birds- mostly magpies and jackdaws here.

I have a seed and fat feeder inside the cage, and all the little birds can use it, including the robin and dunnocks, who have learned how to perch! The food on the gorund is in several places, so everyone's a winner. The blackbirds get in a gap in a ground cage, which - so far - the bigger birds haven't worked out. They'll need to slim down to get in anyway...  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 12:45

Nice one doc...I've been teaching the correct term on anoither thread recently. It made me laugh to see the term 'hoars frost' . I'm easily pleased  

Think we might get a bit of snow tonight as it's to be both sides of Glasgow. Frost was lovely this morning, although it was only minus one when I left. The dampness yesterday made it a pretty picture 

I'll echo the others Dove - it's not great to do too much when you're getting over something like that. Mind you, I'm no better. I did a hill last year because I was desperate to get out ( it was a smashing day) but I was recovering from a hacking cough that I'd had for ages. Daughter was really annoyed with me  

Worth all the 'stopping for coughing' to get the photos  

I haven't read HP either. Or seen all the films, although I enoyed the ones I saw with the girls. Eldest daughter loves them, and is on her second set of books as she wore the first lot out 

Shaping a rhododendron

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 08:09

Rhodies can be pruned without any issue. I've never understood why they say you shouldn't prune them. We'd be snowed under with the da*n things up here if that was the case!

You might want to wait till it's flowered, but it won't suffer if you do it before. You'll just not get the flowers this year.

Probbaly better in early/mid summer before it starts forming the new buds for next year. 

What's this shrub and when can I cut it back?

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 08:04

I thought Escallonia at first, but something didn't look quite right for that.

Not familiar with Eucryphia, Hosta, but the slightly serrated leaves look right. I'm only vaguely familair with the white one.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 07:59
chicky says:

Dawn chorus well underway out there - won't be long before I'm getting up in the light 

See original post

 Don't get too carried away now 

Morning all/afties Pat. Hope you've not melted completely today. Think most people ( well - Hosta anyway!) would prefer the dry, searing heat to the humid kind.Searing heat isn't something we get much of anyway.  I don't like either kind, so I'll stick with the frost we have today.  

Heating went off piste this morning anyway, so it's just as well I don't mind it cooler, and I'm glad I covered the car last night - before I dozed off on the settee...

Method in your madness Hosta 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/02/2017 at 20:01

Evening all.  The sleet and rain went off and it dried up a little, so I prepared goulash for dinner and drove out to Uplawmoor, where I lived previously, for a little walk. It's along from the nursery but I didn't take my purse - just in case....

Joyce was right - as soon as I got nearer the East Ayrshire border, the sky was blue and there was even sunshine! Could see some of the smaller hills west had a good covering of snow.  

Had a quick shift round for an hour and a half, and there was a nice field of big black sheep with lots of lambs. Very unusual looking, so I've asked Mr Google what they were. They appear to be Balwen  Welsh Mountain sheep - or at least that's what they looked like. Lovely  

That's very brave chicky - good luck with it. Sounds like you got some good buys too. I'll have to look that Cornus up. I often think one would be nice here for extra winter colour   

Hope the stormy weather doesn't cause any more damage BL, or for you Obelixx. I want rid of the manky fog and blizzardy stuff for next weekend - I need a decent hill to walk! We've been a bit spoiled for weather this winter, at low level and at height. I'm taking it badly that it's returned to the norm 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/02/2017 at 11:00

Wouldn't be good weather for you here today Dove. 

I've been watching the birds too - Mr and Mrs Blackie were in. Think it's my pair (or at least him -Denzel) from last year, or do they have new 'laydees' each year?  

The other one has a funny shaped head so I know he was here last year. Haven't got a name for him yet.  He was on his own....

I made a donation to Gordon's fundraising page.  I figured since I haven't schlepped up to Braemar today, I've saved twenty quid on petrol. Least I can do eh?

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/02/2017 at 10:12

Can I move in with you Joyce? Still grey and dismal here, and so is the weather...

Dove - once ropes are involved - it's a no from me  

chicky - I happened to see a documentary thingy last year about Gordon Aikman, which is why I knew about him, and it was desperately moving. Diagnosed at 29. We never know do we? It's a vile disease. 

Can I send my two off with yours? I can't get rid of them  

I might try and get out locally again and stretch the legs. I could combine it with a visit to the nursery, but that might be bad idea. I've just paid the car and household insurance  

Good to hear your news DD. Glad things are progressing with the 'Chateau'. I know what you mean about making an effort - I'm very bad at that, but making plans to walk and getting out is the answer for me. Finding the right answer is the tricky bit! 

Good to see you Wonks, even if life's getting on your wick 

You're right about 'Lettucegate' - that seems to be part of the issue. World's gone mad.....

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/02/2017 at 08:35

They sound good Pat. My sister used to grow courgettes, but as is always the case, she had so many and had to eat them with everything, and I think it put her off them for life!

You're right enough Dove- three rescued from Nevis. The snow's not consolidated properly this year because of the strange weather patterns, so it makes it more hit and miss. They were on one of the north side gullies though, so must have been climbers. They're all bonkers  


Posted: 05/02/2017 at 08:10

They do come through early even though they're later to flower. Perhaps I should go and take a look. They're very reliable. I probably just haven't noticed them Hosta 

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