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Latest posts by Fairygirl

New Build Plot

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 19:26

Can you post some pix Sarah? Views from different angles and also one of the view back to the house etc. That will give us a chance to offer some suggestions. Without a pic it's almost impossible to give useful hints. 

New garden help identifying plants please!

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:57

Thought no 1 looked like Pyracantha. The new foliage on mine look identical. 


Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:31

Got half way through cutting the grass and the heavens opened. Oh well, cup of tea and hope it dries up soon. 

There's a hairy bittercress-fest going on right round the outside of my boundary fence so I'll have to get the hoe out and sort it all out. Not too many weeds round the new hedging but it'll take a fair bit of time to tidy up and mulch. 

Cake sounds good MrsG. Did you bring any extra for me?

Dove - those peep toe shoes will get in a helluva mess when you're doing the weeding...

Lawnmower grumbles...

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:21

SPea - you'd think a neighbour would offer to cut it when they do theirs. 

That's what I'd do if I was your neighbour.

Homemade bug sprays

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 12:51

Like Alan mentioned - I used some washing up liquid (Fairy of course ) to deal with greenfly on my Canna yesterday which is in the kitchen at present. I use very little in the way of chemicals and it will take a while in this garden to get a balance as there was nothing here for wildlife. Plenty of birds are coming in now because I feed them and they will be encouraged to keep on top of things for me. I avoid anything which is inclined to be slug/snail food and mainly grow stuff which is more resistant as there are huge snails here. I control them manually just now but I hope to put  a small pond in too. Hanging feeders in shrubs or bushes which have pests on them is a great way of getting birds in there. 


Posted: 08/04/2014 at 12:31

archie  Good luck love. x

I see the kitchen spammers are trying a new tactic- trying to be 'our friends'. Brilliant 

Rain, sun, rain, sun here too.  Home for lunch so off for a quick look round before I go back.

Nice to see my adopted Dad back. Morning, well , afternoon  Frank 


Posted: 08/04/2014 at 07:45

Morning all. Some very dark clouds looming...sigh 

Admit it Dove- you just want to be one of those pensioners that rides buses all day 

Good to see you Bill. Hope the weather keeps improving - even if your jokes don't 
Off to work soon - no school run so going in a bit earlier.

Off for a quick look round before I go. Have a good day all.


Posted: 07/04/2014 at 20:00

Bread and water KEF. 

To be fair - both my ex husband and recent ex partner ate pretty much anything and always appreciated it. As for the children.....

actually they're not too bad really. Just had a nice roast chicken dinner with roast carrots and broccoli. I only had one roast potato 

Got another trellis up and untangled the new 'Constance' clematis and another purple one, and tied them both into their  trellis. Rather finicky. Deadheaded all the crocus - they were like big slimy white slugs 

Soil test

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 17:31

Looks like it's heading for the acid end of the scale BBee, but perhaps wait a bit longer to see if it develops a bit more. Never used one of those myself but I'm sure someone here will have and will know. 

Wouldn't try drinking it - unless you have a large cake to go with it... 

Planting suggestions please!

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 17:23

I have a raised bed along a fence in my back garden which is the same aspect lyndsay. I have Osmanthus, Sarcococca (Christmas box) Heucheras, Tiarellas, Gaultherias - including the low growing one, and Pachysandra which are all evergreen. I have Japanese Anemones, Cimcifuga and Astilbe for summer/autumn flowering (which give verticals amongst the lower growing stuff) and lots of crocus, snowdrops, primulas and daffs. This garden is quite exposed and very windy just now, and I'm about 600 ft above sea level. Everything has wintered very well. 

The lettuce should be happy too - in fact I just said to my daughter today that I might put some in there this summer! Don't know how well the sweet peas would do, and poppies might need more sun as well. Worth trying and seeing what happens though. Carexes should be fine there,  and some of the other grasses too - can't think of any others off the top of my head at the moment though. 

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