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Latest posts by Fairygirl

New privet hedge

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 08:10

Yes, privet grows quickly once established provided it's location has been well prepared, as with any hedging plant. It shouldn't need any attention till next year as LF and Verdun have said. If the site's windy - you mentioned getting some protection for your veg - they may get a little wind damage over the winter and spring so you may even want to put in some additional wind break like netting to give them a bit of help through the worst weather.

Fallen Apples - Dig In or Compost ?

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 08:03

Blackbirds love them and I have a serious lack of them in this garden so I'll be putting some out specifically to attract them in. 

In frosty cold spells it's a great source of moisture for them too. I used to core them and then tie them to the base of a tree stake to make it easier for them to eat. It stopped squirrels running off with them as well!

GW free tulips in oct issue

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 07:56

I think the voucher was for certain outlets only ladyg. We don't have those ones in Scotland unfortunately. I gave mine to another member here. 

That new roundup gel

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 07:53

That's a shame Valerie. I think you're right to try and get it out if you have a pond there. It would be horrible to lose that. I don't think weedkillers work on them at all, but I've often wondered if the flame gun thingies would be effective if you cut the stalks down and did it a few times.  I expect it would depend on the surroundings and how often it was done, and even then I don't  know if it would be successful.

That wasn't very conclusive was it! 

Lilies only open part way.

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 07:44

Hi Bill. Just saw this. If there's no infestation of any kind, is it looking for more light? Just seemed a bit that way in the pic. Perhaps it simply needs a better location- there's a lot of planting right round it. 


Posted: 24/10/2013 at 07:39

Morning all. As the scousers used to say on that Harry Enfield show - dey do do dat do don't dey?

Chicky - it's onomata....erh onamot...umm..onim...can't do that one 


Pics of garden were lovely MrsG. You've been busy 

Wanted some astrantias for shady white borders but nursery didn't have any white left by the time I thought of having some. Might not have room anyway! 

Nice day here so I hope to get back outside later. 

Work first though 

Serious! Really

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 20:04

I am joking - I really look like Sophia Loren....

You've been rumbled Verdi 

Biba - my sister had loads of Biba stuff lily. If she'd kept them she could have sold them for big bucks on ebay.  I'm surprised she hasn't kept them - she's kept just about everything else she's ever owned!! 


Posted: 23/10/2013 at 19:59

Verd - yada,yada,yada......I'll chuck you some crumbs later- stale bread only - no doughnuts or cake 

I may try out a new spell on you sometime though.. just to keep you on your toes...

Did we finish all figet's chocs? I enjoyed mine very much. Archie's cake looks good though 

Chucking it down again here.


Posted: 23/10/2013 at 18:14

pd- absolutely bonkers 

A woman I work with went into hospital for quite a serious operation a few years ago and came out with MRSA 

Got a bit done outside as it cleared up a bit and to be good here tomorrow so I'll be trying to get the rest of my wood sawn and attached and maybe painted. Do you mean horrible cold or horrible wet pd? Or both....


Virgina Creeper

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 18:10

About 18 months ago I pulled a piece off a Boston Ivy (also a parthenocissus) where I work and it rooted very easily and is now a decent sized plant ready to go in the ground. There was a bit of a heel on it and I just stuck it in a pot to see if it would take. Worth trying the same thing!

Great pic David! Where I work it's in an old building and the south wall is covered and looking lovely just now.

Paige, I'm not aware of any real pests on Boston Ivy/Virginia Creeper. They always seem pretty trouble free. 

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