Latest posts by Fairygirl

Can This Hydrangea Be Saved?

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 17:35

And take a good bit of the grass away that it's sitting in. Re shape your border.

You're only making it harder for any shrub to establish well, as it's competing with the grass for water and nutrients. 


Posted: 25/08/2016 at 17:30

Re the 'burning money' Hosta - that made me laugh! 

I remember withdrawing several thousand at my branch and was asked what it was for. The girl was nice though so I wasn't rude...

..it was for the builders - not for a night out... 

How could they make such a mistake with your crown - that's a huge margin! 

Laurel hedge

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 17:22

First thing I'd do is remove all that grass and create a proper border with an edge for the hedge. Your plants are competing for water and nutrients with the grass. Keep a distinct space between them. 

Then follow philippa and Ladybird's advice - cut it back. Water well and mulch to prevent water loss and weed growth. There's a hedge near me which was planted years ago to create privacy for selling the house. It still looks dreadful because they bought big plants, and didn't cut them back - understandably when you've paid a fortune for five foot specimens. They've never thickened up, and look no better than the day they were planted. 

Laurel doesn't produce suckers Bob - not in my experience anyway. 


Posted: 25/08/2016 at 12:49

And tomorrow wil be the holiday doc, I take it? 

Do they ever stop to wonder why we hate the whole banking empire....

Take it easy today Hosta. Did he get a weight, or just a 'wait'? .... 

Hope the sting's better today Dove, and that you have a good break BL. I agree with you about the earthquake. The access is such a huge problem. Desperately sad. Someone had just mentioned a weather related issue here the other day and I'd posted saying we moan about our weather but at least we don't have the stuff they get in other countries. Then the following day....

Good luck with the move chicky. Always a big worry, but hopefully it will go well. 

Fagus Dawyck Gold

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 08:06

I'd agree with pansyface. They'll take a good few years to get some real size in every direction, so enjoy them  

If you need screening from an overlooking house, you can plant a group of large shrubs slightly closer to your house, which gives you privacy. That's easier and quicker than putting anything on a boundary. An enclosed space using a pergola or somehting similar, will do the same job. 

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Shop bought multipurpose compost

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 07:54

I don't buy peat free compost, because it's usually useless. 

Levington's has been ok this year. 


Posted: 25/08/2016 at 07:51


Morning everyone else and those to come. Cloudy here but seems pleasant enough.

I slept till the alarm this morning - very unusual! Work soon so I'll catch up a little before I go 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 21:11

Ta Verd - will see if the nursery has it - if I decide to do it of course...  

Just had a look. Is the other one Nicholas, Verd? McLarens have it - orangey red in autumn?

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Posted: 24/08/2016 at 21:07

Got to about 20 here Hosta - that's as hot as I like it. Any more than that and I'm puggled 

Got two walls painted but had to collect daughters so that was that. Looks a bit lighter than I wanted but perhaps another coat will help...

Camera Talk

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 20:56

Those are lovely GD. I like an oyster catcher...couldn't eat a whole one...

Your seascapes are gorgeous. A real contrast to my mountains 

Love Lesley's 'owls' too. I'm going to see my foxgloves in a different light next year 

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