Latest posts by Fairygirl

Limpy Plants

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 13:19

They should be outside Stephen, not indoors. That won't help them either as they'll just be 'soft' plants and unable to withstand normal conditions, which then means having to keep them undercover all winter. 

Just get them outdoors,  keep them somewhere sheltered and let them acclimatise. They'll grow better and be sturdier. 

2 Qs - plant ID and how to prune it

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 10:15

I think you could get your mutt some shades Pp. She'd look cool then. 

Seeing your big specimen reminds me of the house near me. Nice big property with spaces either side of the front door which are home to a couple of Phormiums (the green species ones). They must have felt they were getting a bit too big so they 'trimmed' them. 

Right through the middle - horizontally....

They look ....eh...divine...  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 10:05

I think what we're all saying is - no matter what we all like individually, we can still admire a different look in someone else's garden. Well, that's what I'm saying anyway! 

I don't like a cottage garden for myself, ( I don't have time to care for them) but it doesn't mean I can't admire them - BL's garden is stunning. Big blousy plants get annihilated in the weather here too, so it's learning what suits your own conditions as much as anything.  

My tastes have definitely changed though. I like structure and geometry more and more as I get older.

Or maybe I'm just fickle....

The 'wall' of buddleia is  starting to open along the boundary. The birds love sheltering in it

The section on the right is what I'm working on just now, near the 'stension. More planting to go along there once the side gate/fence  etc is finished 

2 Qs - plant ID and how to prune it

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 09:21

You can cut out old and tatty leaves right at their base. I find sharp scissors are better for that than secateurs - they get a bit ropey after the winter winds have a had a go at them. 

Splitting them can help rejuvenate them as well - especially the more colourful ones as they lose the variegation once they get a bit big and congested. 

The species ones get quite large Ppauper don't they?  

Last edited: 27 July 2016 09:21:53

Privet hedges

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 09:16

tasha - it's your garden, that's the point. It has to work for you. If the hedge was that high, you could easily have had neighbours complaining about the height! Such is the way of things.

I would never normally recommend replacing hedges with fences, but there are times when it has to happen. The neighbours who have enjoyed thirty years of someone else's time and effort in maintaining the hedge have just got the hump because they're now out of their comfort zone. If they want a hedge - they can plant one and put the effort in 

The people who bought my childhood home have taken out the entire beech hedge which my Dad planted and replaced it with a rather horrible fence. But it's their garden so that's how it is - it's none of my business.   

There are plenty of other ways to encourage wildlife in your garden anyway, which will be less time consuming for you and just as rewarding. Good luck with it all   

Covering an exhausting path

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 09:03

I like the idea of an exhausting path better hannah - I've walked along many of those!  

I think if it's ever to look good, you have to remove it. Hard work, but you can always use the bricks for edging or a raised bed etc.  

Do you remember?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 08:58

I think that was quite common - using a drawer. Certainly for babies. Cheaper than a cot! People today are very spoiled, but when that idea of having so much 'stuff' is passed off as the norm, it's inevitable. My two girls wore their cousins' baby and toddler clothes. Some of it was over twenty years old. I don't think they've been scarred for life....

I'd rather economise at that stage and be able to spend a little more on them when they're older - that's when they really cost money!

I had a cozzie like that when I was little too fidget. I'm sure there are photos but I think my sister has most of them. Always love your diving pix - have you any more trips planned?

Camera Talk

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 08:50

The quote thing's a bit of a trial Papi Jo. I rarely use it now... 

Doesn't detract from the lovely photos though 

Do you use a time lapse type of camera for those sorts of shots?

Or do you sit there...patiently! 


Posted: 27/07/2016 at 08:45

Plenty of it here Dove -I'll send you some  

I'll have to have words with that Carol....

Weather is very strange here - rowans are all covered in ripe berries, yet I still have daffodil foliage which is green. An even shorter season than normal. It's only 12 degrees here just now. Hope it warms up a bit  so that the grass dries for cutting but there's some more rain clouds coming in...


Posted: 27/07/2016 at 08:17

A Magnum of what though Hosta?...   

it's still the best way to keep an even keel isn't it? I'm a great believer in not cutting anything out of my diet, but eating certain things in moderation, and keeping the portion sizes at a sensible level. I suppose I've always done that really. 

Ooh you all snuck in while I was typing.

Enjoy the tennins Dove.

Better take daughter to work and then see what's up.

Last edited: 27 July 2016 08:18:49

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