Latest posts by Fairygirl

Bridal Wreath

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 18:26

I find them pretty indestructible - well the one lying under the builders' rubbish certainly is....

Did they both flower last year Bibi? Unless you've pruned back all the new growth as pansyface says, I can't think of anything that would really have stopped them. They're happy enough with a fair bit of shade so I doubt it's that.

What are your general garden conditions? Are you in a colder, more exposed location for example. Is the ground waterlogged, or very dry ?

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 12:47

It's ok - I'm here! Just struggling to find anything (including the laptop) under the layer of dust coating every inch of the house......

This 'cleaning every surface' lark each night when I come home is a right royal pain in the doodahs. I keep telling myself it will all be fine. Sighs deeply....

Hope everyone is ok and is having decent weather to get outside. Rubbish here. Would be nice if it could get to double figures here, between the hail and thrashing rain,  and maybe stay there for a few hours at least.  

I will attempt to catch up with everything later. Bonne chance 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 07:52

So sorry to hear your news Dove - all our love to you, Wonks and all the family. xxx

A great consolation when it's peaceful.


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 17:30

It won't be happy in a pot - it has to be in the ground. It's a plant which readily covers large walls so the roots need plenty of room. Give it the conditions it requires and it'll reward you in spades, otherwise it will always disappoint. 

Grass not growing

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 17:14

Is the grass in shade Shane ? That's the most common cause of moss, especially if you have trees or large shrubs nearby.  The rain has nothing to do with the creation of moss or thatch. Also, if the ground's compacted and has poor drainage it will tend to prevent good grass growth.

If you can resolve any of those issues ( if you have them ) that will help, but as the others have said, the weather hasn't been conducive to good germination and growth, so don't worry too much. If you leave it a few weeks, new seed sown then will come away quickly   

Is there any better foliage ?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 08:09

No sign of Astilbes coming through here, but I love the emerging foliage of the Acteas - feathery and dark too  

How do I tell try the nationality of my bluebells

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 08:08

The natives have a slightly reflexed end to the petals - ie they curve back on themselves at the tips, and are along one side of the stem, drooping at the top. The Spanish ones have more open ended flowers, and the plants themselves have a more upright habit. 


HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 07:58

Morning all- is Pat around? Afties to her if  or when she is 

A fairy hug won't be as big and strong as a Bushman one Dove, but it's sent to with just as much love today xxx

Hope your milk works Clari - I couldn't face the day without some tea. 

Not sure my newly emerged sweet peas are enjoying being stuck outside in the current cold winds either chicky, but it can't be helped. They'll be staying out completely in a few days if I can find a suitable spot where large trampling feet won't get them...

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 17:28
Steve 309 wrote (see)


OH has a continental keyboard as well 


Is that like a Continental cheeseboard?.... 

doc- hope you enjoy your lovely break with Mrs doc, and yes, out the nasty PMer,or at least report them. No excuse for that kind of nonsense. 

I'd be like you too Hosta - once I've decided something's in the wrong place....

Although I think obelixx's idea of moving the conifers is the easiest solution!

Damn chilly here. 

'Outgrowing' Spanish bluebells

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 08:08

It's worth a try Kai - your border doesn't sound very big so you could try a combination of weedkiller and  spreading evergreens. 

Hebes will grow well enough there and will help a bit if you choose the denser types like Vernicosa. Pittosporums and Osmanthus are bigger, but not massive shrubs, and you can prune them to keep them smaller and denser.  Pulling off the stems of the bluebells as they appear will help too.

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