Latest posts by Fairygirl


Posted: 11/07/2016 at 18:27

Cats sitting on old Che's face, discarded sandwiches, ponds,politics and another new bed ()

What a chatty bunch you've been while I've been out earning a shekel !...

Ox heart - sounds 'awful' ...do you see what I did there? Who needs Mickey Flanagan? Insert other comedian of your choice  

Feel at a loose end - no tennis....

Joyce - I thought I was imagining it, but the other day I reckoned one of my Oak Leaf Hydrangeas was looking a bit brown round the edges...

It's in a pot just now - waiting for me to yank out the Rhodie at the front door which will be it's new home. It's not that surprising really - we had summer in June after a weirdly dry spring, and it's struggled to be in double figures for most of the last week....and autumn starts in August here ...

Which is a nice segue - lovely Justin Hayward is on Simon Mayo's radio prog just now 


Posted: 11/07/2016 at 12:42

Never heard of that one Hogroast!

But they're capable of anything...

The best way of fighting them is to go out and pick them off. I find it more useful at night, especially in spring when new growth appears as the plants are more vulnerable at that point. Once clematis get more mature, and probably jasmine too (I don't have experience of jasmine as it's not reliably hardy up here)  they can cope better with attacks, but you still need to be vigilant. 

Many people have success with other methods- slug pubs, copper tape, organic wool barriers etc, but I gave up on all that years ago!

Cost of paving for new greenhouse base

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 12:35

I'd agree with DHRiley. 

You don't need anything fancy for the base - you just need sturdy and well laid. A decent landscaper will do that if you don't have someone local who has a good reputation, as ppauper suggests. 

Save your money for the rest of the paved area  - I'm assuming you want the rest of it as a patio/seating area. Pick the paving you like, buy it and get quotes to lay it - remembering to factor in the cost of the prep and materials for the base if you don't want to do it all yourself  

Hosta treat

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 08:08

AuntyRach - he'd send them packing with one of those passing shots...

Isn't it good for the country to have something great to cheer about after all the recent doom and gloom and infighting among politicians. Apparently the papers were saying the same thing 

A great weekend for British sport

Planting in galvanised water troughs or not?

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 08:03

I grew lettuce in an old galvy sheep trough - raised up to stop the bunnies getting in. 

I'm still here!  

Ideas for shade?

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 08:01

Acteas (getting used to calling them that!) are great for shade. They make quite a  big clump in the right conditions so make sure you have a decent space for them. The, usually scented, flowers often have a pink blush to them but turn whiter as they mature. There are several varieties, including a rather dull green foliaged one, but they're all quite similar. 

What is this bush?

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 07:34

Oh but it's more fun to call it cotton easter....

My sister used to...

Birds do love the berries as Hazel says, but, be warned - they then 'deposit' the seeds, which readily germinate. Useful though!   


Posted: 11/07/2016 at 07:29

Morning all/afties Pat and Happy Birthday to OH. Is there cake?  

don't care what the weather's like outside - it's sunny in here after Wimbers yesterday  

What will I do for the next two weeks? Ooh Davis Cup.....

On the plus side, Clari, re the 'floor sweepings' - it would be ideal for sowing nasturtiums....

Hope Joyce got back to sleep....

Hope doc is ok too chicky  

Off soon to take daughter for an extra shift at work. Have a grand day all, whatever you're up to 

Drainage for brick raised bed

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 20:18

I think we still need to see the location of the bed in relation to the wall/fence. I'm sure Alex will clarify that  

I must have misunderstood your comment then DHR. When you said 'holes through the mortar in the bottom course of the bricks' that sounds to me like it would be draining onto the patio. 

The builder should really have taken it into consideration anyway. It's a poor excuse to say it wasn't included in the quote   

Hosta treat

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 20:08

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