Latest posts by Fairygirl

Can anyone help me with my Hawthorn hedge problem?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 20:06

I'd clear a proper border for them though. The grass is very near, which means more competition for moisture and nutrients, and the ground looks very compacted there. If you take another foot or so of the turf away in front of the hedging, and add some compost, that will help, and will give the hedge a better start.

Keep the area weed free, and the grass edge tidy as well. 

Private hedge dying? How to save them

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 20:02

Ah - not privet - conifer. You've cut back too far. They won't grow back from dead wood I'm afraid. 

Wrong seeds

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 19:54

I only buy from reputable companies too. As Dove says, it's a costly process to produce quality seeds so it's always worth buying wisely.  

If I buy seeds on impulse from somewhere like B&Q (only lettuce as I go through a lot of it) I always regret it. Poor germination usually. Never again. The old saying, buy cheap, buy twice is very apt in this instance!

Private hedge dying? How to save them

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 19:47

Do you mean Privet hedging?

Can you give more detail about the size of the plants you have and the soil conditions etc., and a picture if possible. 

Privet isn't strictly evergreen anyway, so if you pruned them back quite severely at that time of year, it may simply be that they're struggling to recover, especially if they're immature plants. Weather conditions wherever you are can be a factor too. 


Posted: 16/07/2016 at 19:34

T'bird ...

They had enough petrol to go about ten miles. That wouldn't have got them along the glen to Kenmore, where I reckoned the nearest petrol station would be (although the last bit's downhill!) and there isn't one in Killin, the other way. They were going to go along to the little shop at Innerwick ( five minutes away) to see if they knew what was nearest. If it hadn't been for the forecast being dodgy I'd have taken them along to Kenmore or Aberfeldy to get some. They weren't there when I got back down so they must have got something! They had no petrol can either or I could have given them some. Daft young lads, but very nice  

I did have a look online when I got home and there's one at Fortingall, at the east end of Glen Lyon, so they probably went there, although I expect someone at the shop/post office will have helped them out.

Congrats to your OH GWRS  

The pix of the kestrel came out quite well. Here's one to be going on with 



Posted: 16/07/2016 at 17:10

Evening all. Home from the hill 

Somewhat 'breezy' up top, but managed to escape most of the rain coming in. Not a thrilling hill but I really enjoyed it as the views are tremendous. Lots of 'lou'ring' skies. 

Extremely wet coming home but it cleared as I got past Loch Lomond and is fine here. Hope the photos have turned out ok - there was lovely group of three kestrels whirring about and one sat on the stile by a deer fence so I'm hoping I got something worthwhile. 

Assisted a couple of young lads when I got there who had run out of petrol and weren't sure of the nearest petrol station. Are you lot setting me up? I keep meeting young men when I'm out.... 

Good to see you Steve and glad you've had a good holiday. I'll google that place you've mentioned 

But first - a shower I think....


Posted: 16/07/2016 at 07:16

Hopefully Dove - though it's to be cloudy. Not a very exciting hill today but the views should be good if the cloud  stays high enough 

Enjoy your gardening - send us some of your sun please...

Has anyone seen Wintersong?  I haven't seen her posting for ages. Miss her lovely garden   

Can't decide who to listen to in the car today. Perhaps a bit of the old growler himself...#Heeyyy Mr Tambourine man.....

I'll get me coat....

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 07:12

They're weird aren't they (sempervivums) GWRS? I have a couple flowering as well.

You'll get lots of little 'uns now 

Please sign the petition

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 07:10

Camera Talk

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 07:09

That's exactly the point Papi Jo - the whole photo upload thing has become a bridge too far for many people. They just want to put pix on the forum of  gardens / wildlife /sunsets /views etc,  without having to be David Bailey! 

other, more modern, famous photographers are available.... 

Lovely pic though  

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