Latest posts by Fairygirl

Moving shrubs and perennials

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 08:04

You seem to have a good idea of what you want James so, as Hosta says, you're in charge!

I can understand why you want to keep the privacy, but good underplanting will help distract your eye from the conifer as well.  Good advice from both of the boys re moving your shrubs. If you get plenty of rainfall, most plants move without difficulty at almost any time as they'll establish quickly. If not, keep an eye on the watering till they are - that's why this time of year can be ideal as we (in theory!) approach a wetter period.

Leylandii any good for wildlife?

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 07:57

I'd agree with Hosta and also doc. Properly managed they're great for cover - vital if you live in an area with lots of predators. If you feel you already have loads of that, then take it out and have a big change. The world's your 'lobster' !  


Posted: 22/09/2015 at 07:54

Morning all. Hope today brings better things for everyone who needs it. glad you're feeling a bit better now Pat 

Bushman - think you've had plenty of trauma to deal with so don't feel that you're a fraud in any way.

Verd -  I'm slightly astonished that the perpetrators are in a position to be on Facebook instead of being in a jail somewhere.  

Cold here - currently around 5 degrees, but the shiny round thing is out. Hope it stays - I love those kinds of days, even if I have to work.

Off for a look round before I go. Love to all of you that are struggling with with problems x


Posted: 21/09/2015 at 19:13

I'd agree with Verd, Sally. Photos are one of the most important things to have, as are  records of any conversation  - that's where email is so useful. Phone calls are hopeless unless recorded - your word against theirs.

Disgraceful that companies think they can behave that way. Turf isn't cheap - no matter where it's from or how much you buy.

Keep at it - don't let them off the hook.


Posted: 21/09/2015 at 18:29

Not sure what to say to you all. Wanted to offer best wishes to Bushman as he's been through the mill, and Pat as she's still having a rough time, but I then read DD's post and, even though I'm not a doggy person at all, I immediately felt so sad for her - such a horrible situation. Then I read Verd's post....

I know it can't help in a physical way, but I'm thinking of you all trying to cope with your different issues and, yet again, wishing I had a real wand.

Life can be very, very difficult to understand sometimes.

This winter

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 18:18

Winter anywhere in Britain - it will be wet sometimes, snowy sometimes,  cold lots of the time, and even dry sometimes. Who'd have thought....


small tree

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 08:17

May just have been her conditions, or a poor specimen as you say. Have a look round to see if there are rowans growing in your area. They're lovely trees -  not just the common one, plenty of nice named varieties 

Good luck with making a decision about your tree- lots of nice choices once you start looking!

small tree

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 08:05

Rowans are pretty tough B3. Could you ask your neighbour what the problem was with her's? 

Leaf mould application

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 08:01

Hi Maureen, you can apply it any time. It will get taken down by worms over winter to enrich the soil. Some people like to mulch more in spring to keep moisture in, suppress weeds and make everything look tidy, but there are no rules! 

Yellowing leaves

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 07:58

Are they evergreen or deciduous sooty - is it just autumn colour change? I don't grow fuchsias at all, but I had a hardy one donkey's years ago so can't remember. 

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