Latest posts by Fairygirl

ID this wasp thing ?

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 19:15

 I see from pansyface's link that they're not very common up here. Never seen one. Gorgeous.  


Posted: 13/07/2016 at 19:10

Not sure what you have for it to climb on David, but have you tried Honeysuckle? They're better scrambling up and over something as opposed to on a trellis on a wall but  should be perfectly happy with the damp ground. It prevents them getting mildew, and they need a fair bit of moisture to flower well.  

Camera Talk

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 19:00

I don't even try the quote thing Sheps. It was better before when you just had to go with it's quirky 'quote, unquote' method!

I think you need to produce a calendar Sheps. Wildlife of course, don't get any ideas about a Forum Members /Calendar Girls one.... 

He's a stunner, incidentally 

Very polite about my 'mist'. It's not so good when you're stuck in it and you've lost sight of the path back down though.... 

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Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 18:48

Ooh - mine looked like that Philippa. Sure they were frogspawn though....

Stressed lawn

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 17:59

Hi Rookie - sorry you've had a bit of a wait for any advice - we were all watching the tennis right enough...  

A  question for you. Is it the mix for the raised beds you want to know about? Usually, the best mix would be soil and compost in roughly equal amounts, and some manure, and grit mixed through it to aid drainage. I prefer to mix everything together rather than having a layer of gravel at the base, as I feel it can just become a sump and water can sit in there in wet weather. It also depends what you want to grow and what your climate is like , ie are you in a wet part of the country, or a nice dry one. You can adjust the amounts to suit the planting you want. I also split my raised beds using a simple timber barrier, so that I can grow plants which like different conditions next to each other  

If you've had a bit of work done and the lawn has been trampled, you might want to give it a good going over with a fork to help aerate it. I've had some building work done here, so I've had a similar issue, and I've just done that, and I've also resown a couple of areas which were bare after bags of sand and various loads of 'stuff' sitting on the grass. It's already looking almost back to normal - a bit of sun (not a lot!) and plenty of rain has helped it recover. 

Hope that's a little help just now. 

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Posted: 13/07/2016 at 17:46

They might have a touch of purple Joyce - some are the pure white Thimble one, the others are Pam's Choice, which has deep reddish purple spotting in the throat. Don't know which one the seedlings will be most like! 

Hosta - you should sell them on eBay  

You're right about the 10 pence. What's that about?  

Veins being snipped, kidneys, hearts, liver....thought I'd wandered onto the set of Casualty for a moment there.... 

  to all of it....

Please sign the petition

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 17:40

Hosta - I think you'll just have to build your own Eden project if you want more, reliable heat...

KT53 - know what you mean about washing!  Hung stuff out this morning, it heaved with rain then the sun came out. When I came home from work it was about the same as when I hung it out. Fortunately, it cleared up this afternoon so I think it might be dry now....

I use three forecasts for walking. The day before you're going, you take the best one of the the three, pick a suitable hill in that area, then take every conceivable type of clothing for every type of weather (maybe not the crampons just now..)   and then you're sorted!  

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 17:31

Lovely froglets  

I narrowly avoided stepping on several of them last year as they 'frogged' from the pond  

Plant ID

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 17:29

1 - rock rose or somethingI think...  Not potentilla - foliage is wrong

2 Heuchera

3 Spirea

4 Balsam as B3 said


Posted: 13/07/2016 at 12:51

Result Hosta - you naughty boy    Mine  was £500...got a white one though  

Hope daughter has a nice birthday 

Joyce - I could have given you white foxgloves - mine are seeding everywhere! The ones in the front bed are Snow Thimble. Supposed to be around three feet. They are currently around a foot taller than me. I'm not tall, but I'm not a Hobbit either...

Hope the foot's a bit better looking today B'man  

Similar weather here pp. I had washing out too. I'll have to have words with that Carol Kirkwood... 

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