Latest posts by Fairygirl

Peony flop

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 14:15

As Bilje says, we've all had to do a bit of damage limitation when we've forgotten to get supports in early enough so whatever you use put it in place sooner rather than later. Simple bamboo canes with string will do if you don't want to buy anything - they're not the most effective or pretty but they soon get covered by foliage. Like Berghill's idea - if you have a buddleia which has been, or is about to be pruned, the offcuts will do a similar thing. 

Just watch out for them 'taking' - you'll have a few extra buddleias!

Monty's box hedging

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 10:39

I doubt if he chooses which gardens he goes to John!

I'm not commenting on the box blight issue other than to say - any gardener who can honestly say they've never made mistakes, no matter how much experience they have, is probably telling porkies. I think it's refreshing when people hold their hand up and say - well I tried this and look what happened. As gardeners we often wing it - sow things a bit late, prune things too early, plant things in the wrong soil and the wrong location,  don't get our bulbs in at the right time - the list goes on and on. It's how we learn.

No one gets it right day in day out, year after year. 

And I think we expect a bit too much from a half hour of telly once a week. You can please some of the people, some of the time.....


The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 10:27

This thread was from last year Mr Robinson so you may find Westland could be better this year!

I've just bought some nice organic compost at my local GC called Vital Earth which is lovely. I can highly recommend it. £3.99 for a 50 L bag but they had an offer of 4 bags for a tenner so that made it very reasonable.

Container grown Acer

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 10:23

Chicky's right about the wind! They prefer a bit of shade though they'll take more sun if they're in the ground as long as it's moisture retentive. Try to avoid a site where they'll get early morning sun if you get a lot of frosts. The leaves can get burned at the edges when it melts.

Terracotta will always look better than plastic, although some of the new resin pots are very impressive. A glazed pot will also set off an Acer well.  If it's a specimen and you want it to look right, spend money on the container as well as the plant. It's the whole package that matters.  

Music in the Garden

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 10:15

Have you heard his first solo album 'Candleland' pd? My ex hubby liked them - and I loved that album though I wasn't a fan of the band. Might have to buy it again as I had it on a cassette....aah happy days! 

The Stones were great in their heyday. Brown Sugar was my favourite I'd say. Much preferred them to the Beatles - you were in one camp or or the other then! Watched a Ray Davies thing last night -  loved early Kinks stuff. You Really Got me and All Day and All of the Night. Superb.

Packet seeds

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 10:06

I don't grow  a lot from seed but I can vouch for sweet peas, lettuce and basil lasting well, and I've had free packets of seed which have been past their sell by and have germinated well -  sunflowers and nigella were two that my daughter sowed. I make sure they're closed up tightly after opening and stored in a cool place out of sunlight as KEF stated.


Posted: 16/03/2014 at 10:01

Oh doc - 

Dove - when you strike oil - just remember I'm your favourite on here....

Got some sweet peas in the post yesterday. 2 whites and 2 creams to go with the dark ones I got locally. Good service - English Sweet Peas. Smaller packets -12 seeds - but similar value to the normal sized packs, and free delivery over a fiver. Looking forward to getting them in 

Which annual and perenial seedlings should be 'pinched out'?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 09:27

Pinching out encourages bushiness by producing more stems/shoots which in turn carry more buds/flowers. Leaving them just means (generally speaking) they'll grow up rather than out and will just have slightly fewer flowers. As Verd says, make sure the plants are healthy though.

I don't grow many annuals other than sweet peas but I pinch them out to give more flower power! 


Posted: 16/03/2014 at 09:17

Morning all. Cloudy here but dry for now so will try and get the last bits of hedge put in along the front path. Did some yesterday afternoon once it cleared up. Grass needs cutting but it's still very soggy so will leave it for a while. Picked a few daffs for the house. They're still popping up in the bit I lifted last spring so I didn't get them all! 

Off for a look round the forum. Have a good day all 

Iris Reticulata. Gordon Fletcher

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 19:43

Sounds good Bilje. The little Irises which are in flower  just now (Reticulata)are bulbs and these are the ones which tend to disappear eventually. The tall, rhizomatous kind we see in summer, will diminish with age and should be split to regenerate them. The central part gradually becomes less productive and new shoots appear around it. Remove the centre, divide the new sections up and replant them to maintain vigour and a good display. 

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