Latest posts by Fairygirl

Pruning a Photinia

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 14:56

Jocelyn - I think these have a reputation for being tricky if conditions aren't right for them. They seem to need good, free draining soil and a reasonably sheltered position if possible, and a decent amount of sun to do their best. In a pot, they're like most plants and need more attention - replacing some of the soil each spring and making sure they have adequate food and water. It may well need to be potted on too - the roots might be restricted.  

You might be best to start a new thread and if you can add a pic of the shrub that will help with more advice too.  

Wild Pond

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 14:50

Always about size with you men LF......  

Joking aside, I'm inclined to agree, but you may have other considerations for your lovely plot 

My suggestion would be to link it with the border you have along the fence, using shrubs and perennials etc. That gives cover for all sorts of creatures to use the pond safely. Gradually blending it into the surroundings, rather than having it out on its own - if you see what I mean 

Portuguese Laurel

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 14:46

Hi NewBoy - I'd have given them a little prune last year to get them bushing out, but it's not really a problem. They're very tough so you can prune almost any time. If you nip out the growing tips of each one, it helps them spread. A general feed, water if necessary, and a mulch, are things that help most hedges.

I like to clear away any debris at the foot of hedges too, but it depends on your own situation and preference.  Some people like to leave leaf litter etc for wildlife. I do that in areas where the hedge isn't on general view to the public  


Posted: 28/02/2016 at 14:41

Hmmm. You've asked questions Begonia - and people have kindly offered advice based on their personal experience. If you don't like the advice feel free to ignore it of course  

Richard has more experience than most of us. He has a clematis nursery and a national collection. 

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 13:06

pansyface - I know!   Even better is  'don't do that'. Reply is 'How no? '  


Posted: 28/02/2016 at 13:04

You have my sympathy Yvie. Hopefully things will get sorted soon and you can have your house back  

I think I'll go and paint some of the fence while the sun's out. Borders are still pretty solid so not much can be done there. 

fox poo on my rose

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 13:01


Sammymummy wrote (see)

My husband spotted our visitor looking a bit surprised by the jets of water one night and inquisitively examining the very thing few days later 


the b***er - trouble is, they can't read the instructions..... 

There's rather too many of these deluded people RB 

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 12:59

Bob - I work with someone who says loss when they mean lose.... 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 12:57

Prune them quite far down Caroline - otherwise you get the flowers too high - as you've discovered! If they flower before June you can leave them and when the first flush of flowers is over, you can tidy them back and you get a second flush. Those are group 2 clematis, but if you don't know which kind you have, prune them back fairly low and then make a note of how they flower for you.

Mine are all pruned to around 2 feet - I don't go down further (although you can) in case the weather turns. Then I have backup. They have other planting at their feet anyway.   Etoile Violette is pruned right down to about a foot - it flowers in later summer into autumn  

Camera Talk

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 12:49

Gotta love the ol' red squirrel David  

Buzzards and skylarks a'plenty, and the all powerful ravens and crows. I got a couple of raven pix but they dive out of sight as soon as you want them to stop and stay 

Sheep, sheep and more sheep and Hielan' coos in the glens if you're in an estate. Plenty of those at the farm where that walk starts. not really wildlife I suppose - unless you poke them with a sharp stick 

Some areas are real golden eagle country - that's the one thing I want see before I pop my clogs. Perthshire is good for them but I've yet to see one. The northern highlands are better. Mountain hares - some hills have high populations. Grouse - late summer on the heathery hills is a good time for those, but they're pretty common.  Woodcock - even at summits. Gave me a fright one day on one of the Orchy hills as they appeared out of the clag! I've seen a capercaillie up at the Lawers hills. They're very rare, but that's one area they thrive.

Lots of butterflies and dragonflies at various points in the year on most hills  - getting the right weather is the biggest issue! 

Discussions started by Fairygirl

'Twas the night before Christmas...a little homage

for the lovely Forker family  
Replies: 47    Views: 2436
Last Post: 27/12/2015 at 21:09

Pudsey and Fairygirl's Charity Walk

Our jaunt to The Pentlands for Children in Need  
Replies: 24    Views: 1579
Last Post: 28/10/2015 at 22:37


The youngsters and their daily ablutions 
Replies: 16    Views: 892
Last Post: 26/09/2015 at 22:22

Children in Need Sponsored Walk

Would any of you like to sponsor me on a 12 mile walk? 
Replies: 32    Views: 1920
Last Post: 11/10/2015 at 20:42

The Fairy Family Holiday

A few little photos 
Replies: 20    Views: 1377
Last Post: 16/09/2015 at 08:10

green manure

intended new lawn area - worth trying? 
Replies: 4    Views: 984
Last Post: 11/10/2014 at 14:32

forum gremlins

Replies: 12    Views: 1410
Last Post: 26/09/2013 at 22:04

Bee programme tonight

Replies: 7    Views: 1323
Last Post: 03/08/2013 at 15:22

spam reported

Replies: 12    Views: 1335
Last Post: 26/07/2013 at 14:22

Common Swift (moth)

Replies: 2    Views: 1842
Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 23:48

our building projects

Replies: 9    Views: 1532
Last Post: 17/08/2013 at 19:04

slugs, snails and bees

Replies: 2    Views: 1387
Last Post: 13/06/2013 at 14:24

cufcskim's reply!

Replies: 4    Views: 1385
Last Post: 02/06/2013 at 16:34

kitchen spam-don't answer it!

Replies: 3    Views: 1512
Last Post: 27/05/2013 at 17:23

spam issues

Replies: 28    Views: 2368
Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 03:53
1 to 15 of 16 threads