Latest posts by Fairygirl

Pruning Clematis

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 20:23

Group 1 don't need pruning except to tidy or fit their 'space' better.

Group 2 can be tidied after flowering ( sometimes giving another show of flowers) or not pruned at all, but many people prune the same as for Group 3, which are cut right back to around a foot or eighteen inches in late winter/early spring.

Camera Talk

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 20:00

Fabulous pix again. 

I love your seascapes GD - and those sunsets are glorious. 

He's lovely Lesley - and very tidy so he must be quite 'new' 

I've only seen a handful of butterflies here this year. We usually have tons of torties. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 19:41
Hostafan1 says:

Hubby home , so proper food tonight after another day of sieving slate chippings.

See original post

 Did you have those with mash or rice Hosta? 

Mash, and onions and carrots cooked with the brisket....it's almost ready 

I've been tidying an area by the shed to plant out the little rown seedling that's been languishing in a pot. 

I'm beyond excited. Went out the back door, and in one of the pots that's by the steps, there's a couple of inches of water...and a frog    

Put him, and the pot on it's side, by the pond, and he's now gone to hide somewhere.  


Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:46

I had a load of (mainly) daffs and crocus from them a couple of years ago. I had ordered some anemones (Blanda I think) which turned out to be red, but apart from that, they were all good.

I'm waiting for various alliums and species tulips to arrive - hopefully soon. 

Insects, Bugs, beasties

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:30

yarrow - I looked them up after Sheps posted his pic, as I was curious about whether they were found up here. It seems they are quite widespread, so maybe you've just had the right conditions this year. Fantastic looking creatures aren't they?

I've never seen one over here on the west side, but maybe I've simply not noticed. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:22

I need to move one of mine but it will be a while before I can do it, so hopefully it'll have finished by then! 

Pruning hornbeam hedge

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:12

Hornbeam is my favourite hedge of all. It's looking good so I'd just tidy, as Dove says. Secateurs are more useful than anything when hedges are young.

Hornbeam likes a fair bit of water, so keep the grass well defined and also well clear of your hedge, so that there's less competition there,  and giving the hedge a feed and mulch in spring is also useful for another year or two. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:07

You should have tripped while carrying a (full) watering can Yvie....'help, help, there's been a terrible accident'....

If you eat the buttons standing up, it doesn't count ...

Nothing worse than excitable wind...

It's been lovely here too - after the mist Joyce. Think it's almost into the twenties...better than most of the summer. There's a bunch of dark clouds heading in though, but supposed to be good again tomorrow. Hope it stays ok for Saturday. I need to get a decent walk 

My Acteas are just beginning to flower. Late for them. 

I may go out and do a bit while my brisket finishes cooking. 

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Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:02

Lovely garden you have there pokhim. 

I agree with what Yvie's saying too  - I put bulbs in plastic pots and swap them inside nice pots for display. The advantage of pots is that you can cram them in. I personally don't care for the layering thing - I use one colour of one type of bulb in one pot. That way, I can get a good display and when it's done, I can take it away and put something else in it's place. 

Always pick the varieties you want rather than mixes. They're fine if you have a bit of woodand or something similar, but in areas where you want a good display, choose carefully. Bear in mind your own conditions too - when they say 'flowers in June' that can be several weeks later up here, so work out flowering times according to your own area and climate, so that you can link everything together and have a succession of flowers. 

There are lots of good online suppliers, so you don't have to rely on what's available locally either. Peter Nyssen and Gee Tee bulbs are the two I use. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 08:00

Morning all/ afties Pat - I can only echo everyone else and say try and see someone else. 

DD - perhaps you should have picked Smoke on the Water to try instead of Mull of Kintyre....easier - and  more attractive! 

Good luck with it Wonks - my sister played a lot when she was younger and had my Dad's friend (who was a professional jazz musician) to call on for help if needed. We used to sing Joni and Neil Young songs on a regular basis     Hope you're feeling better soon  though. 

Dry here but very overcast. Supposed to improve though. 

Better get organised for work - I'm all behind, like the coo's tail, this morning 

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