Latest posts by Fairygirl

Heating a cold frame in winter to start seeds

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 08:06

That's what I was concerned about nut. It seems like a good idea, but it's only fine until everything starts growing! 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 08:04

Morning all/afties Pat- you'll almost be glad when autumn and winter arrive! Phewww....

Hopefully your symptoms might also improve a little when you have some heating Clari...

You're almost there - and not before time

Do you (and LG) ever usegood winter walking gloveswhen you're out and about? They're designed to cope with long periods at well below zero and you still have mobility in them. Silk liners are the usual extra. Ski/climbing gloves are a bit rigid, but fine if you don't have to footer with anything. Perhaps those would help when you're indoors!  

Glad you're on the mend now Joyce. Weather looks not bad for tomorrow. Plenty of snow everywhere too  

Hope you're a little more chipper today too Dove 

We're just hovering around zero here. Cloud's come in, but it was a bit sparkly earlier when I opened curtains. Didn't cover the car but I think I've got away with it....

Have a good day everyone - keep cosy if you can, and keep cool Pat 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 19:07

Maybe it's just tired BL, and takes till evening to recover... 

It's a painful thing Raynaud's. Very difficult for your daughter LG  

Don't envy you with your visitors either ...double  

I don't have a brilliant sense of smell. It seems to have decreased as I get older. I don't seek out scented plants for the garden the way many people do. I love my sweet peas, but I find a lot of scents overwhelming. It's the same reason I hate department stores with their perfume counters 

Hoping for Glen Etive Liri. The front coming from the east is keeping all the usual crap from the Atlantic at bay. By crap - I mean weather, not Trump. Mind you..... 

Rutting stags  on the Lomond prog. For anyone who has never heard them in full flow - it's a very impressive noise 'in the flesh'  

Overgrown Montana Clematis

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 17:38

That might not be down to the pruning Annabel. They're very tough plants and hard to kill. 

Has it grown and only produced foliage, or has it not grown at all? If they're hard pruned, it can take a while for them to rejuvenate and start flowering properly.  

Did you feed and water it well after pruning? What else is round it? 

Any further info you can offer will help with advice on how to get it flowering again 

Oh where art thou manure!

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 17:34

The issue is that Natbat can't collect lisabj - needs to be delivered 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 17:06

I couldn't cope with that heat Pat  

Funny how we're all so different though! I was looking at the hills on the other side of Glasgow, and even the lower ones are all white. I can get a decent view of the Arrochar hills and Ben Lomond for a minute or two from the road near my house, on a clear enough day. Hoping to get out and get some of the 'white stuff' at the weekend  

Chilly enough and cloudy enough for a little of it here tonight...

Not gardening weather anyway!

The Daily Mail - what's that about? I've always wondered....  

Oh where art thou manure!

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 16:59

Really fantastic- well done on all your hard graft.   I've had to do plenty of changes in many gardens so I know how much effort is needed. 

If you can get someone to bring the manure to you, and you can make a compost bin/container of some kind for it in a corner, you can leave fresh manure in it to rot down. It will reduce pretty quickly and you'll have a nice supply to use. It takes around six months for fresh stuff to be usable - maybe a bit longer over winter, but it depends on your conditions etc.

Mixed with home made compost (if you're doing that too)  it will be superb, continuous resource  for your garden.  

My lawn has turned to mud

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 12:47

The tree will create shade, which isn't great for grass anyway, but you need to look at the condition of the soil as the others have said. It's uniformly bad, so the state of the medium the grass is on is the most likely problem.

If it's soggy, the ground is probably compacted - very common in new builds. Feet trampling the ground and then turf chucked on top. 

Oh where art thou manure!

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 12:43

I agree - half a ton is nothing. I've already laid around a ton on the garden (before Christmas) and it's covered very little - the foot of most of the boundary hedge - about 70 feet in total.  I still have most of the borders in the back to do, and one in the front. I don't have a very big garden either. 

I have a permanent free supply of it, as I work in an equestrian centre. Have you a local stable you could approach?

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 12:36

We had a power cut this morning, but fortunately I was out the shower and hair dried 

Missed my cuppa though... how precious we become when that's the biggest issue in life   

When I opened the curtains - just as the lights went out - I saw the wren 

John Hannah doing the voiceover Obelixx. 

It's already a repeat Hosta, but it's channel 5 each night this week, so you get a plus 24 hour thing. You'll get the 2nd one tonight. I expect you'll be able to get the 1st one somehow.

Quite chilly here, but dry. It's got to the dizzy heights of plus 2 after the minus 2 frost this morning. You wouldn't like it Hosta 

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