Fairygirl


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HELLO FORKERS! part two

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 17:44

Evening all. Another chilly night coming here - after another chilly day. It got to four today though and dry  

Yvie - send them up here and I'll take 'em to see plenty of snow...

Hosta - you're on a roll love - keep going!  

Hope you caught plenty of lions fidget 

How's the smell today Dove? Is it improving? 

Seed planting

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 08:17

Weed the area thoroughly and sow in straight lines, if you're sowing direct into a bed or border. Once they're big enough, you'll be able to determine which are which more easily and remove the pests 

Clematis offer

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 08:06

Tiny clematis just now will be little more than a cutting from last year. They need potted on and given time. They won't be big enough this year to look much. They're not like seeds or annuals, as Dave has said. Patience is required if you buy these tiny little plants.

If you want a flowering clematis this year, you're better buying one that's a couple of  years old from a GC or nursery.  

sowing flower seeds

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 07:59

The clue is in the fact that bedding plants etc are 'under cover' at Garden Centres....

If you sow anything now, don't sow too much unless you have a decent greenhouse to move them into when you pot them all on. That little tray of tiny seedlings that look so innocent on a window sill become a large area when you get them all in 3 or 4 inch pots. Hardy annuals still need hardening off if you start them off at this time of year under cover. You can't just fling them out in the elements in April when they've been cossetted. Bit like us really!  

HELLO FORKERS! part two

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 07:55

Morning all/afties Pat - glad all's well  

Fairly brisk here - minus four when I fed the birds, but it was expected. It was already zero at half six last night when I went out. Snow disappeared fairly quickly yesterday but it snowed on and off all morning at work.

Bet you needed your thermals for walking the pooch Lesley  

Hope Hosta has had a decent night's kip, and all those who've been a bit out of sorts are on the mend.

I'll have a quick look round before I go and warm the car up and head out. Have  a good day everyone.

 

Unwelcome garden visitors

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 08:14

You can't just stop feeding - always a mistake. Those birds are now relying on what you put out 

Obelixx is right - there are other ways to deter the bigger birds by using hanging feeders as she describes, or putting them into shrubs or climbers near the house for example. Mine have a routine too, and move away elsewhere at certain  times like hers do. The small birds will find 'hidden' feeders. I used to have one in a pyracantha right next to my front door at a previous house. The little birds loved it 

My small birds all use the cage - including the dunnocks and robins. (A new improved version will happen when I have more time to make it!)  They just adapt.  The pigeons and starlings use the corner by the shed where I put fat hangers out and food on the ground. Everyone's happy 

Snow here today Bob - but only minus 1 because of it - so that's a result! 

 

Gu pots and pringle lids.

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 07:55

What's a GU pot? 

My teenagers clearly haven't used them!

HELLO FORKERS! part two

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 07:53

Morning lovely people and hi Pat - glad you're having some good news now 

We've had snow overnight - it started just as oldest fairylet came back from Uni ....at nearly midnight    I'm hoping the snow hasn't frozen on the car as well though...

Have a good time later chicky 

Birds are looking for their breakfast so I'd better pop out and feed them or they'll be knocking on the back door.

container garden

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 18:58

Hi Lynn - firstly, what kind of climbers do you want to grow? Anything in a container needs more nurturing than in the ground, so you need as big a pot as possible. Secondly, what aspect and height is the fence? Also, what do you have round about that may influence what you plant?   

Compacted clay soil

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 18:36

I was about to say the same as you  Verd - mix the gravel in. That's what I did in a similar type of area. You need to add enough manure and grit as possible, then let the ground settle a bit before adding the topsoil. No shortcuts really or the grass will always struggle.

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