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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Black polythene

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:45

I know from experience that it grows underneath and around the polythene and just comes up elsewhere! It can also withstand strong weedkiller....been there and done it 


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:16

It's all too techie for me Lesley. Someone else did mine when Blackest started the thread last year.  John Harding is techie - perhaps he'll be on later, but there's bound to be someone on who'll be able to do it for you.


I'd take a few trips to the dump  if it was me....

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:13

Great pix again everyone. Ighten - the time you've spent getting the hard landscaping right will pay dividends once you get the plants in. It will be lovely when it all starts to mature adn you can admire it instead of slogging away.

Nice to have more scots posting - it's only been me and Andy for ages. 

KEF- love the poppy you posted recently- white/purply plum, and the clematis. Great colour.

Pot plants

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:05

Cordylines like sun Lyn so I wouldn't think they'd be very happy there. I'd second the Hostas - they can look very smart in a good big pot. Some of the yellow/green Heucheras will do well in that situation too.

Tying In

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:01

I use string mainly - as David says, the  clippy things would be a bit severe on finer Clematis stems. The wire split circles are useful too, but I also buy plastic coated wire on reels and just cut pieces to suit. There's some green rubber/foam covered wire available now (quite thick) which I've not tried but it might look a bit ugly unless there's a good bit of foliage to cover it up. I like doing tying in.

Remember to tie  string firmly round the support first, then round the stem loosely to avoid chopping the stems in half 


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 15:54


Hello all - I'm home 

It's fediddling down out there so no planting or sawing or painting today. Sore head with the heavy thundery clouds though.  

All hostas Clari. If you have plant fairs near you, you could divide them up,  pot them up and sell them. They're expensive plants to buy.

Glad to see you're still here SP. I moved the map thread up for you.

GW live. What to expect?

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 15:44

I've bumped teh 'Map' thread up for you girls - so it's on Page 1. 

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 15:43

Bumping this up for SweetPea and Caral.

Privett hedge problem

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 12:43

Can you post a pic Andrea to let us get a better idea? If you click on the little green tree icon in the toolbar where you post it will give you  instructions.

Privet is pretty tough so it's not likely to be pest damage. Waterlogging? An animal spraying it? Exposed site so wind damaged?  Is it a new hedge or well established, because  we think of it as an evergreen but it's only semi evergreen so perhaps some parts are just slow to get going especially if it's been cut back hard. If it's been cut back it would benefit from a general feed to give it a boost,  watered well and  then mulched.

horsetail weed

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 12:36

Weedkiller and vigilance John seems to be the only way. 

Lots of people have had various experience with it - you can use a weed suppressing membrane in 'hard to reach' areas, but it will grow underground and pop up at the edges. I've done this in the past and then kept hoeing it or using strong weedkiller to keep it at bay. In more open areas , plenty of sturdy  evergreen ground cover will help a bit and then pulling it out on a regular basis and applying weedkiller several times during the year to keep on top of it. Any bits left in the ground will regrow, so I'm not convinced digging it out can work and takes a lot of effort, but others may say the opposite.

As you say - it's been around a very long time so it knows how to get the upper hand.

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