Latest posts by Fairygirl

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 08:03

Thanks AuntyR. That'll keep me going. I was just commenting yesterday at work,  when we were discussing pancakes and scones, that Welsh cakes are also lovely  

I see the camping issue on Loch Lomond has made the national news this morning. If the a***holes who  trash every place they visit ( and often their own immediate surroundings as well ) were caught and properly punished, there wouldn't be a problem. Sadly they'll just go elsewhere - like beautiful Glen Etive, which now seems to be full of them. As usual, the scummy element of society ruins it for all the responsible, decent people. 

On the plus side - at least the reporters could see the other side of the loch as it's clear and bright!

Rant over. Apologies for tainting your day Wales 

Better go and organise myself and get the car to the garage. Hope it's not expensive...sigh

Have a good day all whatever you're up to 

Any bamboo experts?

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 07:48

There are lots of threads here about bamboo,  lb - many of them quite negative I'm afraid! If you put bamboo into the search box at the top of the page, you should find some.

I'm not sure what you mean about 'unrolling' it though?  

You can remove upper foliage to leave stems bare lower down - that's quite standard practice as it shows the stems off. You can also remove stems completely every now and again to let some thicken up and give a more tropical look. It really depends what look you want.

In my experience you can buy fairly standard sized potted  plants, but they can be quite expensive. It largely depends on the variety you want, as with any plant. The readily available, cheaper ones are often the most invasive. 100cm is fairly typical in size for a potted plant. If it's substantial in circumference, it'll probably be dearer, as it's more mature. 

Again, like lots of plants, your conditions will dictate the ultimate height of them. They need a lot of water, so your narrow strip of ground may not be ideal. Many of them are happy enough in shade.

Starting a garden from scratch

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 07:39

Glad you got a new thread started Angela - it'll make it easier for advice as it's clearer what you're looking for 

I think Obelixx has covered it quite well already. If you can get a few pix that really helps. It's important to get the basic info about aspect, soil etc, and then decide on likes and dislikes. Getting the initial structure of the garden is the best way to go.

Plenty of people to help with tips on the practical maintenance etc too. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 06:59

Forgot it was March...the lack of sleep must be affecting my brain. That's my excuse anyway 

Morning all - afties again Pat 

Looking chilly outside again. Frosty. Hopefully a little sun will appear. Not sure if that's lion or lamb Dove...

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 06:45

Must be catching Hosta. I eventually got up at 6.15, having been awake since before 3am. I've had two cups of tea already after giving up all hope of getting back to sleep. Even watching  the 'Cirque de Trump'  from America didn't send me off   

Hope you managed to doze off.

I won't say morning just yet but, afties Pat. Glad you've had a good report from the doc  

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 19:36

I can't complain Liri - even though I do 

The winter has been so benign that I've done more hills than I would normally expect. Just hoping we get some decent stuff so that I can get out regularly through spring 

I look at photos quite  a lot, which is the opposit issue most people have with digital cameras. 'You never look at them if they're on a computer'  they always say. I suppose because I'm on this forum a lot, it means they're right there - at the touch of a button  

I have printed some though, and I'd like to do more and put them in frames. 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 18:47

Lovely photos scroggin. Glad you're having a nice break - and a bit of snow adds to the fun  

We get fogbows up here, but I've never heard of a snowbow. Do you mean it was snowing while there was a rainbow, or is it something else?

The snow's been so hit and miss here - tons of it one week, then it disappears, then it comes back. Even on the higher hills it's been like that all winter. 

Think I was about 1800  feet up where that pic was taken BL. You have a high start point there - about 900 or 1000 feet. It's a great viewpoint for most of the Glencoe hills and lots of the others to the south. In the other direction you have all the Mamores and the Nevis hills, and across to the Easains etc. It's pretty special - definitely worth it, and not  a difficult hill to do. 

Bit poor if they try to fob you off with a mention and not hard cash, Sheps  

I think you should do a book. Can I do the foreward?  

Will tomato's grow in cool temperatures?

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 18:34

They need minimum night time temps of ten or eleven degrees. Italophile (our resident tomato expert on the forum ) offered that info a long time ago, and I always remember it. It's why we can't grow them outside up here - we don't get that consistently in summer.

If you sow too early, you have to have somewhere to keep growing them on, and they also need light early on, which is more tricky to achieve than warmth. Late March or into April for me, and that's early enough. 


Posted: 28/02/2017 at 18:25

They're so delicate looking, yet so sturdy GD  

They take plenty of rain so that's not an issue, and seem happy in sun or shade, higher ground or lower level. Even in wild, windy weather - they cope no problem.

I see them at quite high levels on hills too. Always a delight. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 18:09

Evening all. Beautiful sky earlier - it couldn't make up it's mind what it was doing though - blue sky in one direction, dark, snow filled clouds in the other. To be frosty again tonight. 

I've been busy with my new 'babies' - kindly sent by a forum member. They're all outside - getting accustomed to their new home  

We considered bees at the last house - it would have been perfect. In the circumstances, just as well we didn't get that far    

I hate honey though, so it would purely have been for the pleasure of having the bees.

Sorry you had that experience T'bird. I think anyone who wants to keep bees should be helped and encouraged, not the opposite.

Good news Clari - keep cracking that whip  

Hope you had a lovely outing Dove  

Haven't made pancakes...yet. Older fairy is home - not usually here on Tuesday nights - so perhaps she could be persuaded....

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