Latest posts by Fairygirl

Wildlife photos

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 19:39

Always a pleasure to see them Sheps . Beautiful 

Need to get a bit further north next year then scroggin  

Yes - lovely to see the rhinos again doc. What a set of pix you got on that trip.

Clematis identification and problem solving

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 19:36

I'd cut back on the quantity of slug pellets too.

A tiny sprinkling is more than enough, otherwise you attract even more to the area, and it becomes counterproductive. 

Wildlife photos

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 19:28

There are divers in and around Stoer doc - black and red throated, so I think scroggin's right.

The whole area is hoaching with wildlife from whales, seals and porpoises/dolphins, to fulmars, kittiwakes, skuas, peregrines and buzzards. 

That little pipit was certainly a tired little soldier Sheps 

They never  seem to stop flying and tweeting away. I never tire of seeing them  when I'm out. 

New Zealand Flax falling at sides

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 18:34

I'm wondering if you've chopped into them a little too near the surface Chris - leaving you with less root than is ideal. You need to cut vertically downwards. 

Pot them up though - as Will describes. Even a little root will take well enough in most cases. Tuck them somewhere sheltered, so that they have decent protection from rough weather and  won't then come 'unstuck'. You can also put a few twigs or similar into the pots with a bit of string tied round, to give them support while they get established. I've done that before with ones that I haven't cut the foliage back on. Works well. 

Sudden strange patches in lawn - foxes?

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 18:23

Could be animal urine - ie, the fox. I wouldn't be too worried about it. You could try protecting the area with chicken wire or something similar, and see if the issue gets resolved. 

My grass often has a few yellowish, bare patches - usually because it's not as level as I would like so it gets scalped in a few spots. You can get it at this time of year because of general weather conditions. There's not always a specific reason. It's grass, and usually resolves itself well enough though. 

Pansys and violas

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 18:05

No reason why not Jason.  The only issue would be that slugs and snails like them, so you may get a bit of damage, unless you protect them.

Alternatively, if you had pots or containers that were suitable, you could replant them in those  

Rottimg tree roots

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 17:48

If the tree was diseased, and the root/stump is still there, it needs to be removed too. Probably best to get a tree surgeon in - they'll use a stump grinder to remove it. Can you contact whoever did the original work? Alternatively, you might be able to dig it out yourself if it's not too big. 

I'm slightly surprised that it wasn't removed though, if the tree was so badly diseased. Do you know what was affecting the tree?  

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 17:29

Evening all - thanks muchly for all the kind remarks and concern about my neck. it's a lot better today  

Doc - all been said already, but families can be so complicated. Looking at it from your half brother's side - who knows what he might have been getting told too, as in Dove's story. Easy for everyone to judge. I think you've handled it really well, and if your sisters don't like it, it's not your fault, or his. Hopefully, in time, they'll understand and be more accepting, but I can also see why they don't want their feelings about 'their Dad' to be tarnished in any way. 

My two Canadian cousins were adopted - both as babies, and from different families.They were often asked if they wanted to look for their 'real' parents, and both said no. My aunt and uncle were their parents as far as they were concerened, and they felt no need to look for the people who had only created them, but had no further input. The only drawback (similar to Dove's story) was that my cousin Martin was prone to blackouts when he was young, and they were never able to find out if it was hereditary, or caused by something else, as there was no record of the parents' medical history. Fortunately, he outgrew them. We all deal with things in different ways, and there's no right or wrong, just different. 

It's so true - that poem. I'm trying very hard not to do it to mine. Not sure if I'll manage it.

Glad you got a good result with the clothes BL. Nice outcome 

All extra wonga for the hols Hosta, but - willing horse and all that....

Very wet overnight last night here, but not a bad day. Busy at work still - the usual numpties (polite version) with their 'oh didn't you get me email about my order?' sh**e. Sigh....


Posted: 17/09/2017 at 14:41

Hi Jane - the prep for laying turf, or seed sowing, is the most important bit, otherwise you'll constantly struggle to keep the grass  doing well.  

When you say the ground's rough, do you mean it's all rubbish and rubble, or just compacted and poor quality? Grass needs a reasonable amount of decent soil under it to thrive, and also needs good drainage. If the ground's just compacted, I'd advise you to break it up well with a fork/spade, and remove bigger stones and all persistent weeds. Then you can add some fresh topsoil - three or four inches anyway.  If the soil's poor quality, or heavy clay,  add topsoil and compost, and mix it with the existing soil to give a good base for the turf. The addition of some general fertiliser, a couple of weeks before laying it, is also beneficial. The ground should be firmed, using the 'shuffling along, back and forth' method, before lightly raking again. 

If the ground's full of weeds, weedkiller would be fine - but only if there's enough foliage for it to work effectively. You'd then have to wait for  a few weeks for the soil etc to be added, and the residue to be out of the ground, otherwise it will affect the new turf. That makes it a little late for doing the job, but as long as you get it down correctly, and keep an eye on it, it would probably be ok. It won't reallygrow, but as long as the weather's favourable, it should establish.  Alternatively, do the basic prep, and keep removing larger stones which will appear through the autumn and winter as the ground settles and gets wetter. Cover it with landscape fabric or similar and wait till spring, when the ground will be warmer, and do the final part of adding soil and levelling then. The turf can be laid, and will grow quickly as the season gets going. 

May tree

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 14:18

I'm slightly confused. No change there....

Are you wanting to know how to prune a tree, Sandy, or were you intending showing others?

And do you mean a Hawthorn, when you say May tree ?

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