Latest posts by Fairygirl

Gravel Patio query

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 17:24

Not sure what you'd need the sand for Chris, or the membrane really. The grids have to go into the ground a bit, so the membrane would prevent that. If you're removing the turf, the grids would sit into the clean soil. Then gravel on top. 

If you don't use the grids, you can simply lay membrane on the soil and put the gravel on top. Either way, you need a retaining edge of timber or brick, or similar, to stop the gravel travelling elsewhere.


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 17:13

Joyce - I missed that weather report. Brilliant! I'm lost without the subtitles.... 

They can be extremely amusing...

Think I'm having a breakdown - no 'lympics to watch,  and I realised last night I'd put the wrong captions on lots of my hill pix yesterday, partly because I can't see the pix clearly in that file that opens 'cos they're tiny, and partly 'cos I changed my mind slightly about my walk....

...perhaps I should lie down in a darkened room instead of doing the dinner...

Never heard that expression before - 'cauldrife'  

Repotting into a much bigger pot

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 08:11

It's best not to over pot anything Giddy - the roots can get lost in the amount of soil, making it difficult to get the watering right, which can then make those little fine, new roots susceptible to rotting. It depends on the plant of course - but one which likes good drainage will tend to suffer a bit more than something which is less fussy. 


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 08:05

Mine flowered all last summer. I left the flowers, fed well, and still had plenty of flowers this spring. Might be down to our conditions and soil here of course.

Or it may just have been the particular variety. It has a few flowers on it just now, so perhaps I'll remove them and see if it makes any difference. 

Leather Jackets

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 08:01

Hi Alexis - I don't think that's what happened, but I have very little experience of leather jacket issues here. My understanding is that the crane flies lay their eggs in the ground (the grass) and the the larvae emerge to do their worst, so the water from the butt shouldn't have any impact. Mosquitoes like the rim of the waterbutt - you often see those round the upper edge in the warm bits, hence the reason for using a lid. 

I'm prepared to be corrected on it though! 


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 07:55

Morning all/afties Pat if you're there - I haven't looked back beyond this page yet  

Hope the weather holds for you LP 

You and me both chicky. I still haven't planted the harebells - still in their 3" pots  Just as well they're very forgiving. I have planted some stuff in the new bed, but I've lots of changing round of things to do. Big sigh 

Off for a quick look round before I head out. Have a good day  everyone. 

Vertical gardens

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 07:50

I think you are completely correct Clari. God loves a trier eh?  

Mentioning professional trading names.

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 07:48

Yes - bulkerb - we often name companies we've had good experiences with, as well as the ones we haven't. Simply to give other members the benefit of that  experience. We had a designated thread for it - The Good Guys.

It's totally different from the spam advertising we often see - that's for the mods to deal with once we report it  

Carry on as normal  


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 14:22

Damn ...an opportunity missed...

We had a chat, and because of a rude woman who I'd parked next to, I said to one of them he'd better watch in case she told him to park a bit closer - like she'd said to me. 'could you move your car over a bit - it gets very busy here you know' was what she actually said. He couldn't believe it. They had one of those vehicles with the sliding doors, and I said to him I was so close to moving my car to within three inches from it and leaving a note saying 'back at half four - enjoying clambering in through the boot'. We had a good laugh.

She's lucky I didn't stab her in the eye with a pole. 

I did respond - told her the last time I was parked too near to anyone I couldn't get my doors open. She turned and went. I then met them all on the path - which she was blocking while preaching to a couple about their boots. Tempting to say to some of them that it would be so easy to trip her up and send her head first down the gorge and then they could  get some peace. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 14:12

Very kind of you Lesley and GD. I love any landscape pix GD - you've put some beauties on here. It shows how diverse our little country is. A good pic of the sea, in particular, is thrilling  

I consider it a privilege to be on the hills, and a bonny day like yesterday more than makes up for all the days when it rains and you see nothing. I always worry that I post too many pix - I think I had about 50 yesterday. Pity I forgot to do one of the steel bridge - it was good fun. Two steel cables lashed together for you to walk on like  a tightrope,  and one either side as hand holds. You just edge your way across the river.

My arms aren't that long, so I felt a  bit like those gymnasts on the rings when they do a crucifix!

I'm sure you can google it if you want to take a look. Glen Nevis steel bridge or something would get a pic or two. 

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