Latest posts by Fairygirl

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 10:34

Looking good MrsG and W. Park. The Crocosmia (Lucifer?) against the Phormium is a great contrast  

Encouraged by chicky's lovely pic - I took a couple of my little bunches of sweet peas this morning 

Saving Rosa 'New Dawn'

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 10:29

As obelixx says, it needs a bit of extra sustenance by the sound of  it. The more robust it is, the better able it'll be at fighting off disease. New Dawn is normally fairly trouble free. 

The more goodness you can get in the soil, the easier that will be. If there's other planting nearby, that will compete for water and nutrients too. Some well rotted manure and compost added to the area will certainly beef it up a bit, as well as the specific food for encouraging flower development 

What would you do? Help needed

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 10:23

That little bit of grass at the end of the deck looks a likely candidate for removal. You might then be able to add a few climbers along the wall (behind your seating/dining area at the other end) Something like a Clematis montana for instance, which will cover a good distance, and it'll grow towards that sunny end quite readily. You could add a simple pergola to give you a bit more privacy from the adjacent housing - you seem a bit overlooked in that area.  You could then take out the extra 'matching' rectangle across the path and create something there. I'm assuming you look out on to that area from your house, so some structure for during winter could be good. The garage wall could have climbers too - a border along there would be straightforward to do. If you're overlooked down the other (left hand) side, you may want a couple of large shrubs or small trees for privacy. Making the grass circular or oval is a simple way of creating borders too.

It depends how much grass you want to remove for planting into, and that's dependent on how much time you have to spend on maintenance, and also on aspect and what you use the garden for, as KT53 says. Budget is always a factor too.  

It's hard to be more specific until you give a little more info . Your likes in terms of style and colour etc will help with planting suggestions 

Moving a Duchess of Edinburgh Clematis

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 10:07

I think it sort of goes with the territory on that variety Charley, but i'd be interested to hear what Richard says, and any advice he can offer.   Mine has had the same treatment as any other clematis in that location, re watering, food etc. It just isn't as successful, so it's a bit disappointing. It's the only clematis I've ever had that hasn't flourished.  

I bought it as a variation to my other white one which has a more standard single flower (Miss Bateman) and is a bit earlier.  I actually like it best before the flowers open - when they're like whirlygigs! 

From photo to canvas

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 09:50

I love the last one Jacqueline  

Are you matching them to colour schemes? It's a lovely idea

I've thought of doing it with a few of my hill pix but it'll take me too long to go through them and pick some  

I do have a good one of Buchaille Etive Mor that I love so might do that one. Not sure of the garden ones...your close ups are better quality than mine, but I might do some in frames in a smaller size 

Moving a Duchess of Edinburgh Clematis

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 08:09

I've just cut mine back to move it as it's not ideal for the area I have it in. They seem to produce a lot of growth compared to flowers. I heard that after I got it - would you say that's accurate Richard?

I'm hoping the new site will give better access to it for training  even more horizontally. I found many buds went limp and died back this year, but we had a lot less rain in spring than normal.

i'll persevere with it for another year or two...maybe!


Posted: 25/07/2016 at 08:04

morning all/afties pat. Hope it's not too cold for you  

my shift key doesn't seem to be working very well....

guides...help! You really couldn't pay me enough!   

is a pannawhotsit like a 'pann' au chocolate?  

Wouldn't be the rain that did for it - 'hydrangea' - clue's in the title....

i think I'll stop turning on the news now. is there any happy news any more? Oh yes - Mr Froome. Well done that man   anything else? anyone? ...

Wet again, though it's off for now. That's cos i'm off...darn diddly darn....

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 19:39


I had one many years ago. I liked it but it was a b***er keeping it sharp! So much easier to plug in and go...


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 19:36

KEF might have it fidget. I think Panda may just be busy with wedding stuff, but....

Opposite weather here - been chucking it down all day 

On the plus side - I have a shelving unit in the new hall cupboard now, and the lounge is very clean and tidy  

Camera Talk

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 19:22

Glad you liked the pipits Papi Jo and chicky. They're gorgeous little birds  

Your photos are stunning. The detail and the composition and the colour and...well,  everything! 

The droplets of dew are terrific too  

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