Latest posts by Fairygirl

Self collected seed not germinating

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 12:07

Just make sure that when you collect the seed that it's ready to collect Jonesk. Nice and dry and ripe.  If they're not quite ready it makes it difficult. Dry and cool for storage which seems to be what you've done.  Sow straightaway for the aquilegias as has been suggested - they do it that way in nature. 

Delphiniums are often better done as cuttings in my experience, but it's a long time since I've grown them - too many slugs here! 

Wild Pond

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 11:42

Keep mint contained - it's just like the garden kind - takes over!

Carpenter - have you got a pic of the wider area - it will give us an idea of what other planting you have. Grasses are excellent near ponds - Carexes (avoid pendula though) and Hakonechloa are ideal. If you have them near the pond edges they'll hang over and soften the edges. For height - you can use Irises and the small bullrushes. The chrysographes irises are ideal - they like damp conditions. I have Equisetum in mine as well - great for anything emerging - like damselflies. A few easy pond plants like Caltha are good for cover for wildlfie. They'll grow in boggy conditions as well as being marginals. 

You can gradually add planting if you want to connect the pond with the surrounding garden - that's always the best way with a wildlife pond. It should look like it's in harmony with the rest of the plot. 

Have a look at some of the online specialists - you can pick plants that suit the conditions and look you want. Lyn's recommendation (Waterside) is the one I've used often. They do a good selection of waterlilies too  -  to suit all sizes of pond. 

plants for deep shade

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 11:28

Novice - you can prune them to create a bushier plant but without seeing it or knowing the reason it only has a single stem - it's difficult to offer proper advice. I take old or damaged stems off but the plants always have a good rounded structure. I think you might be best to do what you're already thinking - buy another and grow it nearby. Possibly take out the one you have if it looks unsightly 

Oh - and yes - they are flowers!    Pretty aren't they?

How do snowdrops naturally divide?

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 10:47

Lovely in that kind of setting Wonks. Lifts the spirits indeed    

Can you send some of that weather here please   


Posted: 20/02/2016 at 10:43

You can do a 50/50 Gardenviking - that usually works well for most seedlings. 


New to gardening and overwhelmed!

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 10:20

Great advice from Dove - the other thing I'd add is - how much time do you have to spend in your garden? Always a mistake to take on too many projects or high maintenance planting if you have a full time job or a family to look after etc. The garden needs to be enjoyable for your needs 


Posted: 20/02/2016 at 10:10

Oooh Happy Birthday KEF - have a lovely one. 21 again is it?   

Enjoy David's curry 



How do snowdrops naturally divide?

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 10:03

The one thing I may treat myself to this spring is some snowdrops in the green for my white-ish border. I only have a couple of little clumps of them at the moment.

Can't beat them for letting us know spring's on it's way  


Posted: 20/02/2016 at 09:36

Morning/afties all. Horrible wild, cold wet day here. You can have our rain Pat - plenty to spare! 

BL - that's what sleeves are for....

DD - how dreadfully sad for your friend. A vicious circle as you say. I hope your support can help him though. Hard to see the daylight when your head's in the dark.

Hope you're a bit better today flumpy. Think many people are suffering from  'desperate for winter to end' lurgy....in all it's forms 


Posted: 19/02/2016 at 18:37

Fidget - brilliant!  

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