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Latest posts by Fairygirl

What tree to plant

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 09:33

Hi Sara - the crab apples (Malus) are also lovely - loads of choices and easy to obtain. I also like Whitebeam - Sorbus aria. It has silvery grey foliage and makes a lovely shape. 

PS - if you download one of the free ad blockers on your computer it stops all the ads - best thing I ever did!

Strawberry leaves

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 09:07

I've done this in the past so that flowers and fruits get more light Lynne. Doesn't seem to cause a problem.

What to plant in VERY tall, narrow planter

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 09:05

I'd agree with fidget. I often do the insert pot idea. Part filling  with gravel will also give stability to your pot as it's tall and narrow. Since it's that shape, a tall plant could look unbalanced so I'd suggest something round like a box ball, a small Hebe or a grass so that the planting doesn't fight with it and the pot is the focal point.  You could have spring bulbs for the early part of the year and something simple that will trail over the edges for the summer. 


Suggestions re a suitable creeping plant

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 08:55

Patsy - in short - no. Lyn's right - Virginia Creeper or Boston Ivy  (similar plants) look great in these situations but they need to be in the ground. The Hydrangea petiolaris as well. If you want to use a container, or have no choice but to use one, I'd make a big raised bed instead - at least 4x2 feet and a decent height  - 1 and a half/ 2 feet at least to give it a fighting chance. The montana would do well enough in that I think. 

Human irrigation system

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 08:40

Holding your hand today Mike. We'll all look forward to chatting with you later x


Posted: 19/04/2014 at 08:37

Morning all - another lovely day here. Best make the most of it - this could be our spring and summer combined  

Am I too late for cake...I suppose it's a bit wrong to have it for breakfast isn't it? 

Off for a quick look round the forum to see what's what. Watched G'sW - think I'm enjoying Beechwood far more now. Meant to say - was it you MrsG that was worried about your Hydrangea paniculata? Jim is doing pruning on them - so try and catch it tomorrow 

All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 19:02


Lyn wrote (see)

I have no neighbours, i stamp on them.

Lyn - that's rather cruel. What have the neighbours done to deserve that?....


art - I think it would be very entertaining! I was good at slug tossing some years ago when I had an unpleasant (and lazy) neighbour.   I used to chuck them over my garage into his garden - and I use the term loosely...midden is what it was. I was fed up leaning over the fence and pulling willow herb out to stop it invading my garden 

Raised beds

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 18:56

Yes Daisy - Steve's right. If they're sitting directly on the paving it would be a good idea to line them with plastic but I'd make sure you have holes for drainage as they could become saturated if there's heavy rain and it can't get away. The plastic helps prevent the wood rotting too.


Posted: 18/04/2014 at 18:46

I'm burnt too OL - just from the sun though 

Glad I don't have to do that stuff anymore - had it down to a fine art when the girls were young. Nearly always had their parties at home. Chaos for a while but they enjoyed it all so much. 

Verd- I love crocus. Still got some flowering here. Glad your mum had a nice day. 

Been outside all day apart from mid afternoon for a quick sandwich. Best day here since last August/September. Got loads done. Planting, painting, tidying and splitting -plants not trousers thankfully  

Going back out after tea to cut the grass if I don't get too comfy...


Posted: 18/04/2014 at 15:03

Lovely and warm here Dove 

Not often I can say that is it!

Just having some lunch. Been very busy tidying up and sorting the growhouses for tomatoes later on. More fence painted and might go and do some weeding, round the new hedge, on the outside of boundary etc. Will cut grass too.

Lily - the little man is in the middle of the pergola above the gates. 

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