Latest posts by Fairygirl

Small screening

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 12:43

Don't think the OP is describing pleached trees - trunk with a ball would be a standard. That would also be tricky to maintain  if they're against a fence, as you would need access to the other side to keep the shape. 

You might be better just opting for a couple of trees or shrubs with a lighter canopy and an airy feel to them like birches (Betula) or Amelanchier. That would be easier for maintenance and you could underplant. You'll need to create a border with reasonable depth to accommodate all that though, if you don't have one there already. 

How can I stop squirrels digging into my palnt pots

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 12:28

Chicken wire works for me. I only use it on the pots with small bulbs as they're nearer the surface which suits squirrels. They don't tend to dig too far down, so bigger bulbs are fine. 

I also have a peanut feeder which distracts them a good bit of the time, although they still like a dig around in borders...r***y tree rats... 

Time to give up on other two aquilegias?

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 11:58

Ah - patience, Andy - patience....

Always exciting when you see new shoots appearing, or new growth on a shrub etc. It doesn't change, no matter how many years we garden.

I've just got quite excited because there's loads of flowers on the blackthorn hedge...    

Time to give up on other two aquilegias?

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 11:48

It's still only mid March Andy, so I wouldn't worry. They're pretty tough little plants. No growth on mine yet, although I'm further north so that would be normal. However, we've had a very benign winter with lots of plants in growth a month earlier than usual, and they're still not out the ground yet. Plenty of time 

Plant which has the most impact on gardening and the plant which has started your passion, according to you.

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 11:41

I'm probably unusual as I don't have one.  

Not sure where it came from either as my parents weren't particularly keen gardeners. My grandpa was though - very traditional, 'mid wars' style,  with roses and carnations. Perhaps that's it.  My love of horses and the outdoors possibly come from him too  (cavalry during WW1)

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 11:35

I thought it was a slightly odd pairing for BO too - but I expect it has to be different from Mel and Sue to get a reaction/audience initially. Whether it will work long term is anyone's guess. I love Sandi and I've come round to Noel Fielding, but I think he may be a bit too 'out there' for lots of people! 

Dangerous, arrogant and stupid pretty much sums up Trump, Obelixx. It would be hilarious to watch, if it wasn't for the fact that it concerns and affects everyone, not just Americans. I think dangerous is definitely applicable to Putin! 

Rain came on and it's not terribly bonny out there, so I think h****work will have to be done 

I went out and got a couple of pix earlier, so I'll have a look at them first. The blackthorn has lots of flowers and buds, and the buds on the alpina clematis are very rosy and almost ready to open. Really early - usually end of April before they start into flower. The alpina foliage is so lovely on it - fresh green and frilly  

Gardeners' World

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 10:59

I haven't seen it Valerie - but usually a flowering stem of any kind looks better taken off at the base. 

I think it would be hard not to with hyacinths anyway - they're usually quite short stemmed aren't they? They'd probably look a bit odd if just a little stalk was left. 

An open letter to Daniel

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 10:33

No offence granma, but people leave forums for all kinds of reasons, and it happened long before the forum changes were made. I can see how you might think that though   

There are also people who have a track record of stirring (not restricted to this forum!)  for want of a better word, and it can be easy for new members or occasional posters to misunderstand remarks made by others. If anyone has an issue with a post, or poster, it's a good idea to simply ask the question openly 'what did you mean by that?' or similar. Unfortunately, what often happens is that people start PM discussions with a few other people, and that often leads to disruption or conflict. 

Clematis Montana

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 09:11

It'll be fine Mortuus. Put a little barrier round the stems - a few small  canes will do -  it to prevent it happening again, and let nature take it's course. They're tough plants 

Lawn drainage

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 09:08

Your initial description sounds exactly like it's on clay soil.

Aeration  with grit fed down the holes is the usual way to address the problem. If it's used regularly by children (I'm guessing that's the case!) it will get compacted, so you'd have to aerate quite often. Most people  accept they won't have a perfect lawn while children are young though.

Weeds and moss are also easy to regulate with one of the many proprietary weed and feed products in spring, and later through the season if needed. Regular mowing without scalping the grass, will also help grass thrive. It should never be left to get as long as it is in the photo during the growing season.

I don't really understand what you mean by 'digging four feet all round' ? 

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