Latest posts by Fairygirl

Cut strawberry leaves off?

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 17:43

I sometimes take a few off if they're a bit big, but only when the fruits are forming  

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 17:42

I've just missed you Pat - was it me you were asking about a carnation? I have some Dianthus which are shocking pink. One was in the pic of the columbine. There's a couple of flowers showing on them now - very early - so hopefully they'll look like this soon  

Yes Liri - the basket was to protect the Dicentra. 

I've got a few (new) alliums starting to flower, so I'll get a few pix of them soon. 

advice needed on bay trees and butterfly bush

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 17:19

The bays are probably just suffering from a bit of cold and change of environment. I'd simply snip off any damaged leaves. 

Cut all the raggy bits back on the buddliea. To be honest - it doesn't need to be in a pot that size either. That won't help it establish - it's a tiny plant. It'll discard some foliage as it tries to make roots.  They like free draining soil, so don't overwater - even in a pot. Make sure it's up off the ground for drainage. 

Can't help you with the blackcurrant, but if you've got water on the foliage during sunny spells, that can cause a bit of superficial damage. Always water plants at the base, especially when it's sunny - don't spray the foliage.   They're pretty tough, so it's unlikely to be anything serious  

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 17:11
Joyce21 says:

The sky is getting grey.  It's our County Agricultural Show at the end of the week so it will rain.

See original post

 Is it still at the racecourse Joyce? Rain will be the least of their worries. Snow and hail weren't uncommon.... 

They came to get the last of their rosettes the other day. It used to be at the end of April - first of all the agricultural shows - and on the Wednesday and Thursday. It was the first of the Wembley (Royal International ) qualifiers too, so lots of the English ponies were up for it. 

I think cake is a legal requirement after doing stairs regularly Dove. Not to mention as compensation for the 'inconvenience' of the situation. Any more loo based jokes we can come up with? 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 21:10

Don't want to worry you any further Hosta - but some people have had real problems with smart meters not working correctly too!  

How about The Beano,  LP  

I've been enjoying the last of the Cheerfulness daffs Liri. It's been the main advantage of the ever present winds recently! 

Your new project sounds lovely Obelixx. Hope you can keep the wind at bay to get everything established 

Went out to cut all the grass and found a dead baby blackbird. It's buried beside the adult male I found a while ago. No prizes for guessing what caused that. 

Off to put my feet up now that I've done all my chores. 

Over fertilised lawn urgent help. I am panicking

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 21:02

Did you water it in? If it's for grass only I doubt it'll be very good for your plants unless it was a feed only. You might get away with that if you water everything really heavily every day for a week to dilute it a bit.   

If it was weed and feed - you'd better get the hose out and cross your fingers. Anything small, weak and vulnerable is unlikely to survive that, even with plenty of water to dilute it. The grass will survive though. 

Talkback: Growing wisteria in a pot

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 19:18

Needs to be outside 

Make sure the pot is suitable in size for it too, otherwise it will struggle. They become enormous so they really aren't the best thing for a pot  (walls and pergolas etc for them to do their stuff)  but I believe some people manage it. It will need a suitable medium if it's in a pot long term - ordinary compost won't do. 

If it's a young plant, just give it a bit of protection from wind and poor weather till it warms up and starts putting on new growth. Don't overwater it either. Water well, then leave it till it really needs more. You can do more harm by having it sitting permanently in wet soil. 

Friend or Foe

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 19:13

Looks likely  

Small Tree I.D.

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 19:12

You can just take individual stems out to keep a nice free shape - especially the ones which grow upwards. Take out stems right back to the main trunk - anything weak or rubbing- to keep the shape you want and to keep longer branches off the ground.  You might get some 'runners' coming from lower down as they're usually grafted, but you just tear them off  rather than pruning them.  

I dislike when people just shave them round the bottom so that they look like toadstools...some people do that with Acers as well. Hideous   

Pond Leak

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 19:05

Fair enough - just thought I'd ask! Mine has been low too -unheard of up here at this time of year 

That's my best shot really - asking about a sealant. I'm sure you'll get something suitable for plastic to stone - possibly the type for sealing window frames ? 

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