Latest posts by Fairygirl

Deadheading daffodils

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 08:54

They were at the previous house. No fancy precious ones in sight  - a yellow, Wordsworthian view in spring...

One hour programmes!!

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 08:50

Beechgrove starts 30th March here. That's a Thursday. It'll be on the following Sunday elsewhere in the UK.

Neighbours Improvements are Damaging our Fence

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 08:47

What sort of height differenc are you talking about? If it's only inches, it's not really an issue, but if it's a foot or more, that's tricky.  If that's the case, and they agree to raising the new fence to their new ground level, you'll have to put something else in place to retain the ground. Otherwise, any planting on your side is at risk.

I'd get that in place first. If they just go and put a new fence in at their ground level, the soil will all slide into your garden.  

Clematis Montana

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 08:34

It's water it needs more than anything GD. In a pot, but also right next to a wall are two things that are difficult right away. Unless the wall is directly in the firing line of the rain, it'll be drier there than out in a more open location. 

You're going to have to move it from that pot to get the best from it. If it has to be potted - you need something really substantial to give it room. 

One hour programmes!!

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 08:29

No - it's half an hour. There will be longer ones at some point.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 08:28

Morning all/afties Pat.

Did you see Merkel's face.? That was enlightening....

I think it's only a matter of time before someone smacks him in the face...or worse. Or is that better, rather than worse?  

And don't get me started on that obsequious gnome Osborne. Some people would be happy just to get a job....

Weather is a bit better today - wouldn't be hard - but rubbish for walking  

Just as well it wasn't too cold ( about 7 when I fed the birds ) as the heating hadn't come on.House warms up quickly though. 

What a pity you had quite  stressful trips back and forth BL. Hope you had a good enough time here to make up for it!

I've recorded that Ireland prog Dove- might see it today at some point. GW's I can take or leave, to be honest. I recommended a programme to Topbird recently, which was part of the Natural World series 'A Highland Haven'. Caught it by accident - superb camera work.

Deadheading daffodils

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 08:18

I take the whole stem. Easy enough when you have a small garden as it looks better. I don't have several hundred of them, so if I did, I probably wouldn't deadhead at all.

Certainly didn't do it at last house as we had hundreds, possibly thousands, along the front boundary. 

Creating a new raised bed

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 08:16

Probably - but roses have a habit of reappearing, and I wouldn't put it past what sounds like Forsythia, for the other shrub, doing the same.

I'd dig them out to get the job done properly, or use the brushwood killer - I think it's called SBK - which many people here recommend for getting rid of heftier wood.

Raised Beds Look High!

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 15:17

Sometimes a bit of hard landscaping can look overwhelming, until you get the plants in. 

I have raised beds of varying heights round my (quite small) garden. It creates the illusion of a sunken area as the house is also elevated. Makes for good privacy, so don't see it as a negative - see it as an asset!   

Loam based compost for bulbs

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 15:14

They're not hardy - Acidanthera, but you can lift them and protect them over winter. I treat them as annuals when I grow them, but a couple have made it through this winter as it's been unusually dry here. I'll wait and see if they survive the spring!

If you're in a warmer part of the country , they would probably do ok in most winters, especially if you can protect them from the worst of the rain. 

They get quite tall, so if you  have them in pots,  put  something else smaller in front to give a bit of balance. You'd probably need to stake them too. 

I just used MPC for mine, although I planted some out in raised borders where they have gritty, free draining soil 

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