Latest posts by Fairygirl

Grass seed hasn't worked. What have I done wrong?

Posted: Yesterday at 17:16

You say you covered it with soil - have you covered it a bit too thickly, ripply? It may be down to lack of light getting to the seed more than anything else. Normally, just a sprinkling of compost or soil mixed with the seed is plenty. It helps you to see where you've sown it as much as anything. 

Oversowing would make no difference - if it all germinated, you'd just have a thicker sward!

I'd leave it another week, and if there's still no sign, rake it over and try and expose the seed. If it's disappeared, you may just have to repeat the process.

Breaded Iris Question?

Posted: Yesterday at 17:04

Hope it went ok Kirstin.  Sometimes it's easier to get them  back in the ground asap because they can be a bit wobbly due to the fact they're planted so shallow. Just keep an eye on them initially till they get their roots down securely  

I had to dash back to work right after my last post, so couldn't reply to you immediately!   

Breaded Iris Question?

Posted: Yesterday at 12:50

As long as you have piece with a few healthy shoots on it, with a few inches of rhizome and some roots, that's sufficient to plant up. Just discard the ropey , dead bit from the centre of the main plant. You can always pot sections up for planting later too. If in doubt, keep the section quite big and replant straight away to give them time to get established.  Spade or knife - whatever's easiest. Give them enough room to mature - they get quite big as you've already seen  


Posted: Yesterday at 12:45


Your post made me laugh Kitty! I could rustle you up something too - I can only do  raised beds made of fencing timber  though....  

Fidget's 'wardrobes' made me titter too 

Glad you had a good time doc. We'll be looking forward to the smashing pix  

It's not over yet either - they're all greetin' and roarin' today about all the resignations. Welcome home to 'Happy Valley' Britain doc!  

problem with basil

Posted: Yesterday at 12:35

I think wind exposure could be more of a problem than water. 

It's a plant which requires warmth, and shelter from the worst of the elements.

I water basil regularly. Mine in pots indoors as we don't have enough warmth here in Scotland for it to thrive outside. It dries out quickly therefore, and gets watered almost every day which keeps it growing well. 

Breaded Iris Question?

Posted: Yesterday at 12:29

Hi Kirstin, the bearded Irises need their rhizomes (the bit you're seeing) exposed to the sun as much as possible to keep them right, so don't cover them at all 

Dividing helps to renew their vigour as they spread outwards in a circle. When they're divided, you keep the healthy bits on the outside of the ring and discard all the middle sections which won't flower so well.

I have to say I laughed when I read your heading as I quite fancy 'breaded'; irises!  


Posted: Yesterday at 08:06

Morning all/afties Pat if you're around 

Busy weekend Clari! 

That's good to know fidget. I rarely do the pricking out thing as I don't grow very much from seed, but I sowed the very thinly.  I was planning on just putting each little pot in somewhere and seeing how they got on. It's what would happen in nature anyway...she said, hopefully...   

'Second cuppas in bed' sounds about right Dove. Have a good natter with nut 

I have so much to do outside and now Wimbledon's here it will hold me back Joyce. It's a hard life...

On a tangent - has anyone downloaded any  Glastonbury? I got Tom Odell no problem, but I can't find  Art Garfunkel anywhere. Or is the BBC ignoring him..  

Off to work soon so will catch up later. Have a good day everyone 

Asian Lily 'Queen of the Night'

Posted: Yesterday at 07:58

Yes - leave the foliage till it dies back. I don't grow anything in with my lilies, but you might find bits and pieces in GCs etc, although I expect any annuals will have gone by now. You would have to have got some of those a few weeks ago to have ready. 

You could even look at a few herbs - thyme flowers off and on for ages over summer. Bound to be something you can pop in there  

Wish me luck

Posted: Yesterday at 07:53

Well done Lou. Give yourself a HUGE pat on the back - if you have the energy!  

I take it you won't be joining me for a session on the hills then?....


Clematis advise

Posted: Yesterday at 07:49

You can prune back lightly and you may get another flush of flowers. The varieties which are just finishing now usually do that. Alternatively, you could forego those flowers, prune back further, and then tie in the new growth in across the support , as others have said, to give you better coverage and therefore a better display next year.  

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