Latest posts by Fairygirl

Fatsia obstruction

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 07:50

Just remove lower stems- where they join the main stem/trunk. They often die back anyway. I do it any time of year. 

The only problem with re shaping the way you describe is that you'll alter the overall look of the plant and it will possibly look quite odd. It could be better to remove it and plant something more appropriate for the space you have.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 19:30

I know Hosta - I heard it on the news on the radio earlier. It'll end up on a commercial channel with five million adverts ...

Strawberry plants first timer

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 18:57

I'm considering doing exactly that next year philippa - lots of slugs but lots of fence,  so it should be good combination...

Strawberry plants first timer

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 17:38

Hi kazzie - great that you're able to enjoy them again  

They're hardy, so no need to take them undercover. I find these traditional strawberry pots awkward ( if that's what you have)  as they seem to dry out a lot and they don't have much soil around the plants. I don't know if you've found the same issue.  Mine are all in pots or troughs and I just keep them tucked in against a wall out the way overwinter, to avoid the worst of the rain here.  I remove any dead or tatty leaves, and just leave them till spring when I tidy them up and refresh the compost for another year, and I give them a feed when they start into proper growth.

You can also take runners from them to add to and replace older stock. 

Tree needing love

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 17:28

Nothing worse than a half whole hole.... 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 17:22

Don't apologise Hosta. I think it's good to be reminded sometimes. I'm well aware of how fortunate I am that I'm pretty healthy, and always have been, apart from my rubbish knees and dodgy wrists and back. But it's really wear and tear from having had a physical job and doing lots of 'stuff '. I was lucky to be well enough to do those things in the first place though. I count my blessings quite often now - especially on a hill day.   

I think you've all earned your cake  today. 

Growing Japanese anemones

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 12:52

Once you quote the post, you can highlight and delete the bits which aren't necessary Judy. Then just add your  reply below that  

Lawn moss/weeds

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 12:48

Lynne- it won't matter how good the turf is - you still have to deal with the conditions you have there. Shade and clay are always more work, but with a little effort, you can improve what you have quite quickly. I no longer have a lawn that was mainly buttecups, moss, clover and dandelions    

What is wrong with my Camellia

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 12:45

I wouldn't worry too much about the insects - scale of some kind - scoosh them off with a hose. 

I expect your Camellia is dry. I see it's in a pot. If you've had a lot of dry weather recently, it's probably struggling to take up enough water for the amount of foliage it has. This is the time of year when it's vital for them not go short of moisture, as this is when next year's buds are forming. 

Anything in a pot will need a bit of the soil replaced each year to renew the nutrients. A mulch also helps to retain moisture.  I think your foliage is possibly just suffering from a bit of sun damage. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 12:39

Glad you're both ok LP and Dove. Debilitating and frustrating. After hearing Hosta's story though - it's not too bad in the grand scheme of things....

Don't know if anyone watched Countryfile last night - the family where the father had been struck suddenly with Motor Neurone. He's in his early forties and they reckon he has 18 months. 4 young children. I was bubbling like a big girl. Not a dress rehearsal, as Hosta says. 

Hopefully my front grass will be dry after all this wind and I can cut it later. Intended going out after tea last night but it was dark! Can't be doing with this 'back at work' lark...

Watched wee fat Elton at Hyde Park instead - he was fab. I'm slightly biased though...

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