Latest posts by Fairygirl

Flower bed gone wrong?

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 19:11

Hi David - it just looks like some weed seedlings or even seedlings from plants which have got in - either already in the soil/compost  you added or from other gardens etc. Just remove them so that you can plant what you want.

They're might be a few useful things among them, but I think I can see some willowherb there, so best to remove all the little 'bits' to give you a clean slate to work with  

Polemonium advice

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 19:01

Thanks for the complentary compliment,  Verd  

I like how that little area has worked out. The clematis will be better next year as I couldn't get near it in spring to tie it in - builder's stuff everywhere!

Planting Alliums

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 17:53

I personally wouldn't. They look hideous before they flower as the foliage starts dying back. They're best suited to a border among other planting, which gives them support and hides the foliage. It depends on the variety too - but many of them are very big.

Year round interest in the mixed border for a well drained, windy site.

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 17:50

Need more info Pamela - shade, sun? Soil type? Maintenance - how much time do you have? Size of border?

Loads of suitable shrubs like Eleagnus and Viburnum , Osmanthus, Potentilla etc to start off with.

Polemonium advice

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 17:42

Irises look  good with grasses too wakeshine. I've just bought a dark reddish one - Uncinia rubra 'Everflame' which will work in my new hot border with dark irises and other orange planting, but I have a gold/olive Libertia near those Chrysographes iris, as well as a very dark Phormium and that clematis. Hackenochloa would also be lovely with them too for a sharp contrast. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 17:29

Came in to get the dinner on , and the wind was up and the rain was on, but it's gone off again. Calm before the storm I think, as the wind's roiling around......

I might fill the bird feeder up. Perhaps I should tether it to something too....

I might have to head south for a walk this weekend. Never seems right somehow  

I missed you earlier B'man - sorry about that. Keep checking in so that we can hopefully raise your spirits. Dove has big bottles of it she says.....

I've done some timber edging -  cut, painted and attached -  and worked out where the cold frame will go. One old window painted in readiness.  Planted my new Viburnum and deadheaded the sweet peas and dianthus. 

Feet up and a cuppa now 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 13:59

Was it the quarter bottle you bought in the offie, Dove?.....

Clari - how can there be so many shades of white and cream too...

You'll be like a blue a***d fly after your caffeine hit! 

Rain's on it's way methinks. Wind's getting up. Do I have any chance of doing anything worthwhile outside before it arrives? I'd like to start on the coldframe....


Posted: 23/09/2016 at 13:54

They're pretty robust GD - the Verb bons. Wouldn't last long here if they weren't  

I thought I'd give the orange agastches a go Verd -  I felt it wasn't expensive if they didn't work out too brilliantly either  

I don't really want blues in the garden at all, unless they're reddish/purple so I don't grow any of the usual agastaches. I had one round the corner - many moons ago. Can't remember which one though.

Lily bulbs

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 08:09

If you want to use the pot they're in, lift them and put them in a plastic one, in some old compost and tuck them somewhere for winter. Don't leave them where they'll  just dry outand shrivel up.   

Don't forget to label them....

Plants and shrubs used by local housing association

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 08:07

like obelixx - I see potentilla -  the sicky yellow one - everywhere, and cotoneaster and berberis. Spireas as well, and the cornus, as Ceres says.

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