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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Old Grow bags - not used

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 16:08

The nutrients just become a bit depleted Tracey that's all. As nut and Muddyfork have already said - you can use it in different ways without any problem. Like nut, I've mixed old with new, and I've also used old stuff for the bottom half of large pots and used the new stuff for the top half. It's ideal for loosening up beds or borders that have heavy or compacted soil.

Will my euonymous climb up the fence?

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 16:01

Euonymous will grow quite happily up against walls and fences and have the appearance of a climber even though it grows in  different way.  It'll take a while to reach the height of that fence though, Jim. Escallonia (evergreen) will grow up against a fence and can be kept quite 'flat' against it with a bit of pruning now and again.


Posted: 25/02/2014 at 15:52

Ooh err Dove- it wasn't that kind of exotica 

I told them I was going to bring forth a plague of snakes on them - pestilence etc. That kind of thing 

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 15:48

Good idea Gmaiden. The plain terracotta long toms are quite inexpensive.

Is there enough crumble for me Dove? Yumm 


Posted: 25/02/2014 at 15:42

I just reported Mr Miller's kitchen spam at the same time as Dove and they removed it almost instantly! Pity really as my reply was more 'exotic' than Dove's...I was in a strange mood 

'orrible sleety rain here 

Ironing anyone?

Nasty stagnant pond

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 15:21

Fostonlass - have you tried siphoning the water out? A piece of hose filled with water and one end put in the pond etc. Only trouble is that you need the other end of the hose lower then your pond level to start off with. We used to clean our fish tanks that way. It was easy once you had the knack. But buckets and sponges will do the job as well. A small amount of debris at the bottom won't do any harm. 

 You'll get there 

How to make a Leylandii hedge more wildlife friendly

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 15:12

Hi Ruth. I have a large conifer at the back of this new garden I have and it does provide privacy so I won't remove it. All the small birds flit in and out of it while going to the feeders so they make great use of it. I cut down a dead tree and a neglected cherry last summer and used those to create a small border along the front of the conifer and the pine next to it and put turf from the garden in the bed along with soil and compost to give me a raised area to plant into. There are now ferns, bulbs, hardy geraniums, sedums, primulas and even chives and a nettle growing happily under there.   I'll be adding more bits and pieces this year as well. The Vincas (periwinkles) will cope under there but you may not care for the colours in your scheme (purpley blues and whites) but the prostrate Gaultherias (procumbens) have red berries and are evergreen. They like a shady spot. Tiarellas will grow there too and Heucheras - there are lots of bright greens and orangey colours of those now and  bees love the flowers. Erythronium (dog's tooth violet) like shade and there are yellows available so might be worth trying. These are all low growing. 

Probably best to give anything new you plant as good a start as you can with compost and slow release fertiliser as the ground will be quite depleted there. Once things establish they won't need much maintenance.


Posted: 25/02/2014 at 08:08

Morning all. Totally agree with you Dove.

Hope the Irises are fine chicky.

Here's a random thought.  I just heard the word 'credenza' and I like it. I'm going to use it at work today 

Cold, wet and windy here but the sun's making a brave attempt to break through. Hope everyone has a good day whatever you have planned.

salix caprea kilmarnock

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 07:47

Thanks for the kind comments but I no longer live there. I can't take credit for a lot of what you see in terms of the pond and the planting - it had been there a long time. We did the renovation round the pond, laying a path so that we could actually walk along the side of it (the gravel areas and stone seat etc) and a lot of clearing , pruning and tidying! The stone gateposts Salino mentioned were invisible, which was a great pity as they had the name of the house on them. The hedge had been planted far too close to them so there was a limit to what we could do with it.

Verd - I'd have needed more than a wand to fix what was wrong when I was there, and I don't mean the garden 

Camera Corner

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 21:33

Verd....I don't know....

you're clutching at strawbs now....

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