Latest posts by Fairygirl

FIrethorn - no berries

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 08:07

You can prune them without any problems, but you'll have to guide new growth along the fence if you want it spread rather than go up. It also depends on the variety - some are columnar so it may not work very well. 

If it doesn't flower, it won't have berries. The weather can be an influence with plants not flowering as normal - long dry spells at the 'wrong' time are often a factor. Some shrubs and trees can have a year when they don't produce the goods. It will be getting a fair bit of competition for water from the other planting around it too. It looks perfectly healthy though, so I don't think I'd worry too much. Mine have been quite similar this year   

Lawn moss/weeds

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 08:00

I'd agree with Dan. My grass was more like a rough field when I moved here a few years ago. Aeration is always a good idea if you're on clay - I am too. If you re seed, use a seed suitable for shady areas too. 

Lawn treatments are also perfectly fine if you have pets - simply keep them indoors until you've applied it and it's dried. A good regime starting in spring, with regular mowing will soon improve it. 

Tree needing love

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 07:56

I thought Cotoneaster too but the leaves don't look right.

I agree with Dove and Chrissy though - it's always going to struggle in that location and under those circimstances. Whatever it is, I'd try and move it if possible. It'll need gallons of water first, to make digging it out easier.

New Fence Panels

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 07:51

I think the sprays sound good Simon, but apparently they clog up. The chap delivering fencing timber to me a couple of years back was saying they're hopeless. I use a combination of brush and a roller - which works quite well on smoother areas.

Doing trellis of any kind is very time consuming though - you spend ages and it looks like you've done nothing...

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 07:48

Morning all /afties Pat  

Hope Dove made her doc's appointment....

Very wild here last night so sleep was a bit hit and miss. The wind whistles like those sound effects in films at the back of the house...

Pots down and things blown around but all the gates are still in place - result! 

Lovely pic chicky - how thoughtful to keep yourself perfectly attired for the photo  

Quick look round now before I go back to the salt mines....boo hiss 

Have a lovely day everyone


Posted: 11/09/2016 at 19:22

Or even wander round a shopping centre philippa - hell on earth....

Encouraging birds to a garden

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 19:07

Only non alcoholic beverages  for me Tetley  

Encouraging birds to a garden

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 18:25

Claire - I moved into this house three years ago - there was no garden apart from a berberis, a buddleia and a laurel. It was slabs, gravel and grass ...and no birds. I've created a garden but feeding birds all year round made the biggest difference while I gradually got the plants in. Providing areas for them is all part of the process and you can add all kinds of plants that will benefit them.

They will disappear a bit through summer because they find other food naturally. It's a gradual process and the important thing is to be consistent with your feeding. I now have blackbirds  (two obvious pairs last winter ) robins, blue, great and coal tits, wrens, goldcrests, sparrows, dunnocks and magpies etc. 

I like a drink from a teasel leaf Tetley   

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 17:52

Evening lovely people.  

Anyone listening to the Hyde Park concert? Very good.  

I didn't get blown away - I tethered myself with a rope just to make sure 

Yvie...I daren't make another wish list - for tulips especially....

It's not easy fixing a new gate when the problem with it is caused by the wind....I'm fed up buying new latches when delivery men don't bother shutting the gate and the wind whips it back and snaps the latch off, so I've hung it the other way. I've made it more solid and I have a new latch which is the kind you find on footpath gates and copes with being slammed shut,  so hopefully......

Hands are aching as the saw's blunt. I think that's the fifth or sixth one I've gone through since I moved here. I'm knackered. I'll be glad to go back to work tomorrow for a rest....

Our shops are open till late on Sundays Hosta, so I don't suppose that issue arises, but it seems crazy....

Think a carry out is in order here. Chish and fips anyone?

Making a large compost bin

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 17:39

Four posts in a square or rectangle, knocked into the gorund or left free standing depending on where you have it. Planks attached to three sides leaving the front open. Two battens on the inside of each of the two front posts, with a gap between them the same depth as the timber you're using. These act as slots for putting the planks in and out at the front for access.

A lid for the top with hinges if you can be bothered, or just fixed together for lifting off.


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