Latest posts by Fairygirl

Wildlife Pond and filters

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 09:40

We had a mahoosive pond at our last house, with a second, smaller one it fed into. It had everything in it - koi, golden orfe, even a trout, plus every other sort of insect and creature. It was deep enough to swim in (my daughter did! ) but was fed by a spring so it had a natural 'waterfall'. If it's big enough, you can have it all. 

I now have a teeny tiny pond, but it has lots of little creatures. I wouldn't add fish because there isn't enough room for everything to thrive, and I'd rather have frogs one day. Each year since I made it, I've brought frogspawn home from the hills, and some has survived and made it to froglet stage and beyond. Had a little frog in the garden last summer. Hopefully I'll get some of those little ones spawning in a year or two.

A  reasonable size of pond - such as  Ann has - will be able to sustain most life that uses it without too much bother. None of my ponds have had pumps, but in a space that size, there will be plenty  of calm water for frogs if you have them. 

Looks good Ann - you're well on the way to having a great little habitat there.  

Clematis Montana 'Elizabeth'

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 09:28

Sandra - if you use some substantial wires spaced along the fence and tie in growth in both directions as it appears, you'll create the right effect with the montana. There's a house across from me which has a white one covering her garage or shed, and probably fence too,  which is stunning in spring. They are great for that sort of use, although as seacrows says, it can be tricky to do any trimming and tidying!

You'll probably have to get that one I mentioned online as you're unlikely to see it in GCs. It's worth looking at the specialists as you can do what Richard says - putting in the requirements and getting the best suggestions. Hawthornes is Richard's nursery , and many of us also use Taylor's or Thorncroft. 

Unfortunately - you'll find that you're suddenly remortgaging the house and selling everything you own because you'll quickly have a very long wish list...

Bird feeding station

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 09:18

I've got Buddleias nearby - they'll grow very quickly to provide some cover, if you have a suitable space, and you might be able to rig a camera in there too - perhaps on a post which would be hidden most of the year?

The little birds all use it to perch and hide in, and pick off any greenfly etc they find, as well as rooting around the bottom of them. They're in a mixed border which is right next to the road and pavement, but they aren't deterred by any cars or people.

Great for bees, insects and butterflies too of course, so it's been a really useful addition to the habitat. 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 09:12

Lovely Pat  - nice to see the change to green, as Joyce says. We're getting it attheother end of the season now   

I can't believe how early some foliage is coming through here - there's growth on Astilbes and Japanese Anemones. Never seen it this early  

Lovely shots of The Bookil,  Peter. Grey skies often make better pix. Those endless blue skies can be really boring...

Bookils are in the foreground here - the 'humps' sticking up on the right half of the pic (Nevis etc in the background)

Talking of brooding, have you been in the Lost Valley to take some photos? 

I don't take a lunch as such now scroggin, but you're right - stopping when it's warm, for a snack or drink, in a beautiful little spot on a hill can't be beaten. Where I took that last photo ( with the boulder ) is roughly where I stopped for a little while to contemplate the meaning of life, the universe and the fate of mankind   

I checked my stats, and I was out for 7.5 hours in total - 1.75 hours was stops!  I did chat with 'the lads' for quite a while, but it's always surprising how much stopping you do for photos. I'll try and keep you fed with pix till June 

Richard's Clematis

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 08:57

That's gorgeous Richard. I'm not keen on pastel colours, but that's stunning.

Very  impressed with your seedlings nut.  

Hope you get more success with the alpinas in the new plot, Obelixx. I'm looking to get a few more for here. I think I prefer the flower size of them to the other earlies too, and also the shape and habit. 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 08:52

They're b***ers for a pea or bean seed. 

Loana - if you don't want to (or can't) do as Obelixx suggests , you can also sow seed and keep covered with a clear lid till germinated, then plant out.  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 08:21

Morning all/afties Pat. Glad that cyclone is nowhere near you and it's retreating. As we've said, we don't have anything like that to deal with here and although we moan about our weather, we really have nothing by comparison. Incredible there was no loss of life - good evacuation policy.

I think chicky just fluttered in Dove - a bit like you can do sometimes...and me  

Good luck with the future LG. All very exciting, if a little scary for you.

Grey here too Hosta. Think we're getting some rain later which will give everything a nice watering in. Not used to this dry weather -  I've had to water stuff in pots   

 Betet take daughter to work and then I can catch up properly. I'm quite enjoying this week off!

Sore side is a bit better today - might get some more useful things done outside. Maybe not the slab shifting and gravel just yet though....  

Rescuing the compost bin

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 08:12

What they've said Gnoob 

Don't add grass clippings that have been recently treated either - wait for about 6 weeks before you add them after using a weed and feed for instance. 

Clematis Montana 'Elizabeth'

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 21:00

Sandra - we've just been talking about alpina clematis on another thread. I think most of them are happy enough in pots, and many are scented. Richard ( above) might be able to help you on that though - he's our resident clem expert here and runs a nursery 

I was looking for an early white clem  for a spot in my garden and it's scented ( clue's in the title ) 'Fragrant Oberon'   

It's evergreen,suitable for containers, and any aspect, so might be worth looking at 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 20:48

Hefty - that's great! Good luck with it. Love your pictures - you clearly have a real feel for it. Here's to all your satisfied clients - present and future   

It's a lovely plant GD - I'm sure you'll enjoy it, and nice when it has a special meaning for you. The colour is pretty accurate in the pix. Quite a dusky colour, and bright foliage. Hope it does well for you.  

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