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Latest posts by Fairygirl

I have a birthday this year so what are ŷou going to get me?

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:25

That's easy Verd.....


raised ponds.built out of sleepers and scaffolding boards

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:13

I had a raised pond in a previous garden and  I made it when my children were young. It was about 2' high at the end nearest the house and ran into a sloping border which formed the beach for birds and wildlife to get in and out. The girls were educated about it and had a wonderful time watching all the snails, pondskaters, tadpoles and birds using it. We had a timber edge round it so it formed a seat. I never had a problem but it depends entirely  on how you teach children and, of course, how you supervise them.

I don't have any photos unfortunately as it was pre digital camera! 


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:01

Maybe I should change my name to Fairylady since I'm slightly older than 27....

but only slightly older of course....

Busy day at work. Washing is wet but it smells nice now that it's inside drying 

Off for a look round to catch up  before I do dinner. Chicken wrapped in Parma ham.

Aubrieta and fuschia

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 12:51

I'm treating myself on Friday 

The aubretias will romp away very quickly. I'd agree with Lyn about the Fuchsia care. Give them a bit of time in a bigger pot.

What is best around decking

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 12:48

Is the deck on the same level as the surrounding garden Simon? If you can give us an idea of aspect and size for the borders you want to create it will help with suggestions. Also, what type of planting you prefer - I'm guessing more structural than flowery - and any colours you like. 

If you have a bit of shade Fatsia japonica is a great structural plant and is evergreen. I had one at the end of a deck in a previous garden.


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 12:45

I need to haul my lazy **** up a few mountains if I want to keep eating what I like doc  

Stop changing your names you lot - I'm old and easily confused! 

Someone asked about sticking plants in bigger pots - when there's roots showing at the bottom of the pot they're in, that's when to pot on. They've used up the room they have and need more. If you have more than one seedling in a pot, you prick them out into individual ones when they're big enough to handle, ie a couple of pairs of true leaves. 

Seed sowing

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 07:52

I agree with chicky. If people can buy 2 or 3 little plants and put them on a windowsill and see the results and how easy it can be..who knows what they might try. Makes it easy for them to get started. A working couple  might only need a few tomato plants or a small amount of salad crops.  As scroggin says too, soil is a factor. I sow salad crops direct in pots outside  once it warms up, but I do some inside on the windowsill for an earlier crop. I don't have room to have beds purely for veg and I don't really want that anyway. Tomatoes will go in my little growhouses once the weather's suitable and that's plenty for me and my girls.


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 07:43

Morning all. Nice to see a couple of new lunatics joining the asylum...

Think it's dry all day for your pond exploits Dove. Don't forget the pix. Hope all the forkers who've got afflictions are better today. 

Dampish here. Got nothing done yesterday as I was at a friend's house after work and it was too cold for painting. Off for a quick look round before I go to work.

plant ID

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 17:06

First one looks like Aquilegia (columbine) and the second one looks like bindweed to me, but there seems to be a lot of other stuff in there too.

shrubs for shade

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 16:59

Hypericum would grow there. It's quite a brash colour of yellow which I personally don't like but it flowers at that time of year and has black berries later. Gaultherias also flower in summer - pale pink or white - and also have big berries later which usually last through winter as the birds tend not to go for that colour.  I have a white one one in a similar situation. They used to be called Pernettya. Potentillas will also take quite a bit of shade and come in whites and soft creamy yellow as well as the bright sulphur-y one. 

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