Latest posts by Fairygirl

Amelanchier Advice

Posted: 10/11/2017 at 18:17

Lamarckii is  probably the best known, and most readily available, and is easy to maintain. It gives great versatility - white flowers in spring which are ideal for pollinators,  berries in autumn for birds, and beautiful autumn colours. 

Most of them are suitable for a small space though - you can prune to keep them to a size you want, as others have said. 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 10/11/2017 at 18:12

Evening all. Thes old folk are dreadful Hosta - with their dirty minds, although I have no idea what they're talking about of course....    

Diddly darn chilly today with the wind. The sleety showers didn't help. More forecast for tomorrow night and into Sunday.

Hopefully get a walk tomorrow in the east. I have a little mission to go on to pay my respects. 

I've heard good things about Magnesium Hosta.  Always worth trying anyway.

Chicky will be well on her way now. She'll have a great time. 

Been very idle this afternoon, but a bolognese sauce is on the go for dinner. Comfort food  

Colour matching

Posted: 10/11/2017 at 18:05

Hogweed - I have a new border which is hot colours, and orange is a main one. I grow dark sweet peas and they work really well. You could tie them in along the fence, or let them scramble around a bit.

This year I grew Black Knight, which had rich, plummy purple flowers, and it was really prolific.  


Beaujolais is another which also has dark flowers.

Sedum plants from cuttings

Posted: 09/11/2017 at 19:10

Oh the Glan/Niv is a real stinker philippa! 

Yes - wet,cold soil is what they hate, but it's surprising how well they cope once they're big established plants. 

Somewhere that the worst of the winter weather doesn't affect them is ideal Mygarden. If you're struggling for a spot that would suit, you can always put them somewhere that you can rig up a bit of shelter over the top  of them instead  

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 09/11/2017 at 17:47

Have a splendid time chicky - remember to buy one of those hats with the corks round it.....


Posted: 09/11/2017 at 17:34

Well - just don't cut any holes! 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 09/11/2017 at 17:33

Oh - don't get me started on planning departments at councils Hosta. I think it depends what side of bed they get out of in the morning - or whose bed.  I wish I'd never built this extension. Never had the sort of  problems with any other work like I've had with this one.  Hope it works out for you eventually.

Gey breezy here last night too Joyce , but it settled a bit during the day. Hope Liri doesn't have to hold onto her hat over the next few days  

Wildlife photos

Posted: 09/11/2017 at 17:25

He's just checking out the competition tepee  

Lovely photo, and a nice addition to your garden  

Loely photos too redfuchsia. Do you know which butterflies they are in your pix?

The pigeon looks like the ones I have - they're so fat it's a wonder they ever get off the ground...  

Sedum plants from cuttings

Posted: 09/11/2017 at 17:19

They're very tough. It's wet conditions they don't like, so keep them against a house wall or similar while they're small. That way, they won't get too wet when it rains - even during winter. 

They're easiest as stem cuttings, as philippa says.You can pull bits off at almost any time and stick them in a bit of gritty compost and they'll root quite readily.


Posted: 09/11/2017 at 17:15

In a word - no.

If you have clumps (or even one or two bulbs) you'd need to cut a hole for them to come through successfully. 

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