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Latest posts by Fairygirl

in the green

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:55

No experience of sternbergia nut but I'd have thought colchicums would be ok. Surely no real difference from snowdrops in terms of moving?


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:52

Bob's pretty darn good Nadger, isn't he? Not much he doesn't know about fruit and veg 

climbing hydranga evergreen

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:43

I used a bit of wire on vine eyes to keep it against the wall initially but you can also 'stick' the shoots onto walls with gaffer tape or similar till they get going. I don't live there anymore so I don't know if it's still attached nut! 

I'll do a drive by one day... 

Overgrown Montana Clematis

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:24

higgy's right Chris. You can hack them back as much as you want. You'll sacrifice flowers for a year but it won't harm the plant. You can then trim it after flowering - every year if you like -  to keep it where you want it. 

climbing hydranga evergreen

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 16:56

Was the soil a bit impoverished perhaps? They can take a little while to establish, but they really should be putting on good growth if they've been in that length of time. Even left in the pot they've been bought in they'd grow more than that. I bought one a couple of years ago which sat in it's 6" pot for almost a year (it was around 18/24") and it had grown a few inches by the time it was planted. Maybe whatever's munching above ground is also munching below. Have you checked for vine weevil? The adults just nibble little bits of the foliage and don't usually do much harm but the grubs below ground eat the roots and do the real damage.


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 16:37

That'll do fine Kef. I'll send a receipt 

Don't get much for 1/6d now do you - 7.5p for all you young people under 27! I'm 28 now so I understand old money 

Thought we were in for some thunder/lightning too as the sky was full of dark, snow filled clouds.

My one hellebore has nice big juicy buds on it so I'm looking forward to those appearing in all their loveliness soon.

climbing hydranga evergreen

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 16:13

Hi rubber. These are usually pretty trouble free. Were they growing well initially or have they always struggled? The ground right next to a wall is often very dry so did you plant them a bit out from it and have you kept an eye on the watering till they were established? They grow best on a shady aspect so if they're in a sunnier one they may have gone short of water. A few nibbles here and there won't usually give them any trouble so how severe is the munching? A pic would help if you can manage one, as it lets us know the extent of the problem. Sorry for so many questions! 

Camera Corner

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 16:03

Loving the 'old' pix on here. Must dig a few out of my beautiful Mum. Most of mine are in the loft but I have some in a frame that I made for my Dad, so I'll try and take a few pix when the batteries charge up for the camera.

Lily - my snowdrops have a couple of little buds showing so looking forward to seeing them soon. Surprised they haven't been washed away in the front but I left a little ditch between the grass and the border so that's helped! Lots of crocus and reticulata iris coming through well too. Makes the winter shorter when you see them popping up.


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 15:54

Thanks fidget - and everyone else of course. Can't get rid of me that easily...

Big hug for you and other half too fidge. Been reading a few earlier posts as I've not been on for a while. Think we need to ask Daniel and his techies for a 'hugging' smiley. This one-   isn't  always suitable, is it?

Can't get my bird count on the site either. Must be inundated! Mine isn't very representative as I didn't have any blue, great or coal tits although plenty have visited the garden through last year. I think I'll re site the feeder for them as it's quite exposed, and when it was in the buddleia for a while they were in there constantly. Fussy little *##*s 

Kef- I think we could let you off re the 'stone'.....for a small fee of course 

Nowt on tv but  I've been recording The Vice  so I watched it earlier. Had forgotten how grim it was! They all look so young in it. Love Ken Stott  though - another guilty crush of mine  The Bridge tonight.  Anyone else watching it? 


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 12:16

Sweet story Panda 

I have to agree with blairs about bamboo. They get a bad press, and some of them are definitely free running, but I've not found the Fargesia ones, which are clump forming,  invasive. Perhaps the climate and soil up here helps to keep them well behaved though. 

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