Latest posts by Fairygirl

Water Cress

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 20:35

I use it to keep the pond clear - I don't eat it. If I wanted to, I'd probably keep it in a container. 

I forgot I'd told you that trick philippa! It works brilliantly in a pond to keep blanket weed away. Even a small one which can heat up quite quickly, like my current one. Just chuck a handful in during spring when the water warms up.

Sowing sweet peas in homemade compost?

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 20:16

I've bumped up the sweet pea thread for you Catie. David will be able to give you loads of advice with sweet peas 

I usually sow in ordinary MPC in spring and they get lots of food once they're planted out.  It's more important to use a less rich compost if sowing in autumn so that there's less soft growth over winter.

I learnt that from David  


Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 20:11

Bumping up for Catie 

Time for a new garden design?

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 20:08

Forgot to say - I'm with Hosta on stepping stone paths. If you want a curving lawn - whether round or oval - take the path from the end of the patio and sweep it round the lawn in a crescent shape ( roughly where you have the stepping stones in the plan)  If you can tie it in by using the same paving that would be ideal.

Water Cress

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 17:28

Mine is exactly in that location philippa - and has grown all winter which is unusual. It's quite tough though - it's survived some freezing!

It's a bit of a myth that it needs running water. If it's in a bucket or container of any kind, just change it now and again.

Time for a new garden design?

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 17:26

Sounds good to me LF 

Time for a new garden design?

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 17:17

I love your garden LF. The path down the side is a good idea - hedges are a pain if they're at the back of a border and no proper footing for pruning and clipping.

You could make your grass an oval - on the angle. Similar position to where it is now. Make the pond as big as you can and within decent sight of the house. You'll spend hours looking at it - especially in winter  

If a plant's not earning it's keep- be ruthless. List the ones you're unsure of, then look them up in a catalogue and ask yourself if you were buying everything brand new for the garden, would you buy those?

That's my tuppence worth  

Camera Talk

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 12:50

The pix I saw were magnificent David. So were the price tags!  

I know there's a general feeling that photos shouldn't be as expensive as paintings, but you only have to look at them to see why they cost so much. It's such an art. I'm always astonished at some of the photos hillwalkers post on the walking site I use. They take your breath away. Glorious.


Posted: 11/02/2016 at 12:48

Yes - good for seeing off bugs Tetley. We're always pleased to have some frost because it's a welcome change from rain! 

Anybody else got a funny looking forum or is it just me?

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 12:45

Mine's ok pansyface 

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