Latest posts by Fairygirl

Using cut grass to keep strawberries off the soil

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 18:34

The reason for using straw is that water passes through it, leaving a clean surface behind (which dries quickly) to keep the fruits off the soil. I wouldn't use grass clippings. Once they get wet, they'll form a slimy solid barrier. 


Posted: 09/06/2016 at 18:27

Have to agree with you re peppers obelixx - I love them done any way, but they're superb roasted.

Like parsnips too, but rarely do them as the girls don't like them.  Curried parsnip soup is lovely.

Hope you're ok after your fall LP. 

Yvie - has no one in these places got any common sense? Really unacceptable. Hope your mum is alright. 

Admiring the wallpaper is one thing...buying it is another   

Not sure I'll bother initially - probably just paint. I'd have to dig the pasting table out of the shed for a start, and that could take some time...  

Quiet here as the girls are now away on holiday with their Dad.  I'll have to get the washing in and out myself for a week....  

Hebes flowering

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 08:12

Which varieties are they? Some have very few flowers or almost none at all really. Mine haven't started budding up yet either which is perfectly normal here. They're mostly Vernicosa. If they've had a severe haircut, but are still green and alive, I think you may just have to be patient. 

Oh - and sack the gardener...

Newly Transplanted Hydrangeas--Are they dead?

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 08:06

A combination of house protection with full sun isn't ideal for hydrangeas. Shade and water is their preferred location. If you keep them there, you'll have to work very hard at improving conditions for them. Loads of water and a mulch might help. They can cope with sun if they have moisture retaining soil.  

Good luck with them. Don't give up just yet. They're newly planted so would be easy to move.  


Posted: 09/06/2016 at 08:02

Morning all/afties Pat - glad you're hooked up and ready to rock and' roll again 

Funny you posting that pic RB. I had to go to B&Q for some things after  work yesterday and had a quick look at wallpaper for the new bedroom. There was a lovely soft grey/green one with an umbellifer pattern in white on it that I really liked. Looked just like your parsnips! 

There's meant to be a front coming in tomorrow Joyce, but the forecast earlier on the TV still didn't look  promising for us here for some rain.  Getting weird now. Looks like you might get some down the coast though.

Better go and organise myself now. Have a good day everyone  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 20:22

Forgot I'd taken this one - Chrysographes Irises were open today 

Wildlife pond

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 20:10

The main issue with preformed ponds is getting the shape of the hole right for them, and then getting it level. It can be tricky - and I think it would be difficult in your circumstances because of trying to dig around roots. I've never used a preformed one because of those problems - so much easier to make your own shape!

I'm not sure they would be robust enough to deter bamboo roots either.  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 19:37

Gorgeous pix doc. Quite right enjoying the fruits of your labours - rather than just doing the labouring 

Lovely pix too Liri. The lilac is a great photo. Love the allium against the golden foliage. 

Glass panel fencing and railway sleepers

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 19:20

I wouldn't put glass in (safety or otherwise) as a screen without vertical posts and a top/hand rail to attach it to. Asking for trouble....

And then my tree fell down..

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 08:09

It was probably on the way out anyway KBG - the ivy will simply have colonised it. On the plus side, it made it easier for you to get rid of ..

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