Latest posts by Fairygirl

Lsurely going yellow

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 08:05

I'd agree with Dove, Janice. Laurel is as tough as old boots and  it tends to turn yellow when there's a magnesium deficiency, which is easily addressed. Over watering certainly isn't good for it. It can cope with any amount that falls out the sky, so if you're in a wet location, the preparation of the ground before planting is the most important thing.

Buying large plants is also another problem - they're harder to establish, and can yellow more quickly as the roots find it hard to support the top. If you've planted large specimens - it helps to cut them right back on planting. 

The pic will help if you can manage it though 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 08:00

Morning all/afties Pat when you're there 

Quite a nice looking day here just now - no wet and wind. It's coming later though. Pity I'm at work - would have been good for a few bits and bobs outside.

I loved The Replacement, although I felt they rushed a couple of bits in the last episode. Vicky McCLure doesn't get a rest though - Line of Duty back soon - hurray! Best 'cop' drama ever  

Doc- remember to look after yourself too. That's more important than anything. Good news about your assessment  

Did you get your mane tamed successfully BL? Mine grows so quickly - gets very untidy after five weeks or so. 

Wonder if Wonks is sore today....

Quick look round before I go. Another day, another dollar...or something 

Have a good day everyone. 

What to feed cuttings and seedlings?

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 07:52

Too muchfeeding does more harm than good usually. Or it simply gets wasted by being washed out of the soil. Feeding the soil as the other have said, is the way to have strong healthy plants. Grow them a bit 'harder' Craig  

I never feed seedlings or small plants. They get enough from the new compost when they're potted on. The aim again is to build a stronger plant. Food encourages lush growth (and legginess in seedlings )  which is simply more attratcive to pests and diseases.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 21:13

Health and safety let loose on hills - can you imagine scroggin? 

Sounds like great fun!

Yes - in 2015 there was snow lying right through the year on many hills. The winter lingered a good while.  I was on a hill in Drumochter in July 2015 and there was still visible snow on the surrounding hills. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 20:23

My little regulars now Joyce  

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 20:22

Apparently the nutties don't go far from where they're born, so I assume mine have possibly been born  in and around the nearby woodland or NT garden. It's just lovely to have them, and they've really made themselves at home. They've visited together pretty much from the start. Hopefully your two will nest close by and you'll see them regularly  

The long tails are great to watch. We used to love seeing a little flock of them arrive in the other garden. 

This garden was so sterile when I moved in and now it's 'bird central'. Very satisfying!

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 19:54

Fab Liri  

I've got so used to my nuthatches, I've become quiet complacent about them now   

They're really beautiful little birds, and special because they're not common up here.The long tailed tits are unbearably cute though!

To be honest, it's such a pleasure watching any of the birds that visit. I thoroughly enjoy spending a few minutes at the window when I can  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 19:34


Joyce - one was on the peanut feeder, and when they both went in the cage, one was on the suet block and one was at the seed feeder just in front of it. I've got a separate sunflower feeder just outside the cage too - in case the goldies come back and are a bit shy of the cage.

I'm assuming they're a 'pair' as there was only the two of them - no others in sight. Would be lovely if your pair nest. Isn't it funny how much pleasure you can get from something so small and simple   

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 18:45

Lovely photos Zenjeff. Funny how these things happen every year, and we possibly see them every year, yet they always thrill us and  bring a smile  

Nice story too Berghill. That's the kind of thing you remember   

There was a single hare in one of the fields in Glen Lyon on Sunday - just  a few yards from the road. Very unusual- you don't often see them in that context. He moved away as I drove along, and I could see he had a scrappy little tail. Don't know if that's why he was alone...

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 18:34

Absolutely Obs - they have that eternal problem of dark/light there. No wonder they get suicidal 

Dinner sounds   as does Dove's  

Gorgeous frog Clari. I had fun watching the ones in the puddles on Sunday. Simple pleasures indeed - and that includes getting washing out  

Mine stayed on the line - no retrieval necessary. 

Quite envious of the Magnolias. I've always liked them, but never had one in any garden. Didn't really have room in the garden round the corner, and haven't stayed long enough anywhere else to consider planting one! They really need a spot to 'show off' I think.  

I've been very envious of everyone here when they've talked about long tailed tits in the garden, as I've had none here in the four years I've been in the house.  They must have heard me moaning about it  

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