London (change)


Latest posts by Fairygirl

Transforming my garden wilderness

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 20:10

You're right Wayne - keeping a record of what you've achieved is really worthwhile especially when the going gets tough. A bit at a time is the way to go.  

You've already done a lot shoecake - Wintersong's right too - get the hard landscaping in place, even if it's only the part nearest the house or the part you'll use most. That also gives you time to mull over the siting of planting and work areas.

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 19:49

Think Jim might benefit from one now and again! 

What to do with the lawn @

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 19:47

How big is the lawn Jane? I'd agree with hogweed that it's a huge undertaking to lift everything and start again. You could try putting an edging round it and then raising the level with topsoil and reseeding, but it will possibly still be just the same if you can't get the drainage sorted. Do you use a weed and feed product mainly? If so, it might be worth substituting two of those with just a feed - liquid seaweed or similar.

Clematis Cuttings

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 19:42

My thought too Dave - if they're covered and in too much sun they're probably frying. Have you got them on a sunny window ledge or in a greenhouse Wills? If so, take the lids off and move them somewhere a little less scorchio! 

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 19:39

Susan - it's strange how the only posts from some people are to criticise....

I agree hogweed -  frankly I'm tired of watching people present programmes as though they're adolescents who've consumed too many Red Bulls 


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 19:29

W'song - it's ok, I only cut the green stuff on the ground! 

The Hakenochloa was quite small when I put it in about 18 months ago. It's a good size now - think the extra rain this summer has helped it too. I have Spartina in the same bed with it - it's a grass you don't see often but it's a good contrast in height as well as shape. I'll see if I have a pic of it.

I lean on the trolley like an old woman too Lesley...just weariness usually...


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 17:46

Because that would be too tricky for most GCs W'song - most of 'em couldn't spell it for a start   I'm lucky that the nursery I use has lots of grasses. Mine is starting to put on  a lot more growth now that it's settled in. If you want it and can't get it, I'm sure I could cut a wodge and send it to you at some point.

Been out and cut grass and done a few jobs while the rain stayed off. Have  to go and get a few things now though  

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 17:41

wiccafairy - it's a question of taking time to explain to children that nothing in the garden goes in their mouth without checking with you first. No different to household items. Hopefully you can grow a few edible things which the children can help plant and harvest etc  

I'm a single mum too - yes, people can be very quick to judge. I know only too well about a garden being a sanctuary.  Good luck to you all.  

New wildlife pond - what should we expect to colonise it first?

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 22:43

I just throw a few handfuls in Maureen. It floats about and then forms roots, gradually attaching itself to anything suitable at the edges or to other plants. 

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 22:38

AJ - that's exactly the point I was trying to make. It's easy to mock or be cynical, but gardeners come in all  shapes and sizes and everyone has to start at the beginning. If it makes you happy, and encourages you to have a go, that's what really matters.

I hope you continue to enjoy your new plot and perhaps learn a little more about this great hobby 

Discussions started by Fairygirl

'Twas the night before Christmas...a little homage

for the lovely Forker family  
Replies: 47    Views: 1832
Last Post: 27/12/2015 at 21:09

Pudsey and Fairygirl's Charity Walk

Our jaunt to The Pentlands for Children in Need  
Replies: 25    Views: 1255
Last Post: 28/10/2015 at 22:37


The youngsters and their daily ablutions 
Replies: 16    Views: 697
Last Post: 26/09/2015 at 22:22

Children in Need Sponsored Walk

Would any of you like to sponsor me on a 12 mile walk? 
Replies: 32    Views: 1580
Last Post: 11/10/2015 at 20:42

The Fairy Family Holiday

A few little photos 
Replies: 20    Views: 951
Last Post: 16/09/2015 at 08:10

green manure

intended new lawn area - worth trying? 
Replies: 4    Views: 842
Last Post: 11/10/2014 at 14:32

forum gremlins

Replies: 12    Views: 1260
Last Post: 26/09/2013 at 22:04

Bee programme tonight

Replies: 7    Views: 1129
Last Post: 03/08/2013 at 15:22

spam reported

Replies: 12    Views: 1182
Last Post: 26/07/2013 at 14:22

Common Swift (moth)

Replies: 2    Views: 1496
Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 23:48

our building projects

Replies: 9    Views: 1350
Last Post: 17/08/2013 at 19:04

slugs, snails and bees

Replies: 2    Views: 1191
Last Post: 13/06/2013 at 14:24

cufcskim's reply!

Replies: 4    Views: 1196
Last Post: 02/06/2013 at 16:34

kitchen spam-don't answer it!

Replies: 3    Views: 1260
Last Post: 27/05/2013 at 17:23

spam issues

Replies: 28    Views: 1997
Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 03:53
1 to 15 of 16 threads