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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Planting Allium Bulbs

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 19:40

Two to three times their depth is the norm Yvie, so smaller bulbs will be nearer the surface.

Late perennials for the white garden

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 13:23

Just remembered a perennial I mentioned on another thread - the white Sedum  (iceplant) 'Iceberg' ,and I think there's another white now too. Not as easy to get as the pink varieties but they make a very subtle display for this time of year 

Cutting back

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:53

If they were only plug plants this year it will take a little while for them to grow into a decent enough size to flower well. Next year they should be much better  

Late perennials for the white garden

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:35

I'd do them in pots if I got them  - too risky in the ground here, although my new raised beds are well drained...

Old guttering

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:19

If you angled it a bit and used some of the spreading sedums to trail over the edges, you could get quite good coverage I think. 

and maybe paint the guttering to tone in with the fence/wall it's going on 

Old guttering

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 11:59

Absolutely Welshonion - has to be something that thrives on thin air and neglect. That's why my sempervivums grow so well....

Hedge not looking well

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 11:55

Oh we do Dove - they're like moles here...

The adult damage is still unlikely to seriously affect an established privet, which is what I meant in my previous post, so I wouldn't be too worried. The grubs - which do the real damage - aren't necessarily feeding on the privet anyway. I've got a lot of adult v. weevil holes on a big rhodie , but the grubs must be eating someone else's plants 

Have you noticed any damage to other plants in your garden Hannah? Vine weevil's more common in plants in containers. 

Old guttering

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 11:42

Hi Dennis - I think you'd struggle to get the depth for strawberries in guttering. You could try sempervivums, saxifrages and low growing sedums which don't need much growing medium  or attention, and will provide an all year round display. Mix grit in with the soil, make lots of drainage holes and site them in a sunny aspect and they should perform well   

Hedge not looking well

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 11:11

As the others have said Hannah, it's pretty hard to kill privet. Good housekeeping helps - clear away anything you remove. Vine weevil on an established privet is fairly unlikely. The lack of water after pruning is more likely to be the cause of the 'browning'  problem. Privet's like grass - a good spell of rain will help it spring back to life. It normally grows like mad up here with all the rain we usually get !  



Posted: 28/09/2014 at 10:11

Take it easy today Yvie. I think painting might be less painful than aerating!  My shoulders are still complaining from swinging a pickaxe and digging. I still have some 'window' boxes to do for the back fence but I'll need to get some battens first. Another one is ready to plant up though. They are a bit more like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon rather than a green wall... 

chicky - keep taking the tablets 

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