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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Dark pond water

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 19:19

Brilliant Justin. Enjoy it all  

wild flowers

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 19:17

In Scotland 'kecks' usually mean undies 

Cow parsley here too - the plant that is 

Spring wildlife gardening and pond updates :)

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 19:12

They can  be quite shy to feed at this time of year and under those circumstances they may take a few weeks to settle, but I'd agree with nut - there will be a lot of food still there.

Like kids- they'll eat eventually - when they're hungry enough 


Posted: 14/05/2014 at 19:07


I think it's time to reintroduce the heather/conifer island bed in 'suburbia'.

It would look good with a crazy paving patio and a wishing well...

Actually friends of my mum had exactly that in their garden 

Rained here when I got home from work so I did other necessary stuff 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 17:08

Don't lose heart SP. These things happen to us all. Was it one of the plastic growhouses you had? They're very awkward if they're not really securely fixed - as I discovered last year in this very windy new garden. Slugs and snails can annihilate small plants and seedlings very quickly.The DIY stores and GCs have loads of things just now if you wanted to buy a few things to keep you going and cheer you up. 

It's not too late to sow some more bits and pieces - I have  seeds of different bits and pieces. Would be happy to send you some if you want them. 

What are these little blue flowers?

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 15:50

I get a lot of that in the grass. It's not too big an issue and it's very subtle on the whole. I hope to leave it in a little corner once the garden is finished so that I can have a little 'untended' area for bees. 

flame of the forest looking very drab :(

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 15:47

What sort of site do you have it in joanna? They prefer a bit of shade and some moisture to do their best, and don't care for alkaline soil, but if it's only recently that it's looking poorly it may be pests of some kind or a different reason. I assume you fed and watered it well initially when you transplanted it, but it may have needed a bit of pruning if it was big - that can  cause stress when the plant is getting settled in.

Can you post a pic? That will help with more advice from people. 


Posted: 14/05/2014 at 12:45

# What a difference a day makes....

cue for a song Clari....

Back to work in a min so just seeing what you're all up to. Still dry here so hope to get on outside later. Loads of stuff to plant...and move....

Bearded iris

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 12:42

Yes - dig up and take the best bits from the outside and discard the middle. You'll get loads of decent clumps if it's a biggish plant BB. I always cut the foliage back by about half in each clump to give it a chance to establish, and I usually pot them up for a while but you can probably plant them straight away if your soil and conditions are right. 

Pale yellow or lemon plants

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 12:36

Dove - I was going to suggest Achillea too - perfect choice! 

Bees Lemon is quite subtle - lovely choice. I have a white broom in flower just now which is creamy. I love it. I know you don't perhaps want something that big but it can provide a good backdrop.

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