Latest posts by Fairygirl

Privet prunning

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 08:34

Pruning promotes new growth so that's the reason for cutting back new hedging a bit when it's planted. I'd give the ones in the first pic a tidy up to get a nice 'hedge' shape, as they seem to be thriving, and you could take an inch or two off the  tops of the others. Just use your own judgement as to how much you take off. The different soil conditions will affect them , but over time they'll sort themselves out. Keep the area around them weed free and watch they don't go short of water over the summer.

I think they all look quite well established - any hedging takes a little while to get going. The ones in the last pic look the least happy. If you can add a bit more nourishment to the surrounding soil, and give them a general feed they might help them on their way. Water thoroughly afterwards and add a mulch to prevent any moisture loss. Privet is tough - in another year they'll be fine I reckon. 

Your biggest worry might be the person spraying weedkiller around though, so it might be worth putting some windbreak netting or similar along the fence in those areas to add a bit more protection. 


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 08:17

I won't be racing anywhere BM....

I never seem to sleep well after a walk Joyce, no matter how long a day I have. It's the following night it seems to be better. If I doze off over my lunch, just give me a shout  

I have fenceposts to put in, and a gate to move, and slabs to shift for the new path round the 'stension, stuff to repot or plant,  and grass to cut and.....big sigh 

Not sure too much of that will get done! 

What's eating my dahlia stems?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 07:58

Hose or hand  for me too, but Dove's right - get birds in your garden and they'll do the job for you.They love my clematis.  Slugs and snails are likely to be eating your plants too. The joys of gardening! I have virtually no greenfly/aphids of any kind. I try to steer clear of plants which are really  susceptible, which helps, but I realise that people want to grow particular plants and it can be a big issue. 

If you suddenly get a big infestation - usually when the weather warms up, there's some rain and therefore new, soft growth, you can use the hose to clear the worst of them initially. After that, blue tits, in particular, will pick them off as they feed their young. 

creating a soil bed for bushes

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 07:47

Good joke Jujju 

I agree with Dove - some manure will benefit, and loosening up the bottom or it can be like putting soil over concrete. Some grit will also help if you have high rainfall. It will allow you to plant things which prefer sharper drainage.

Ladybird - I've never heard of avoiding B, F&B for acid lovers - is there a specific reason for that?  I've always add some B,F&B when I put plants in, regardless of type.  

Hosta alternative

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 07:39

I'll echo what the others have said - lots of them are very happy in sun as long as their feet are happy in some damp soil.

If you can ensure they have enough moisture, you can have your hostas - no problem,  Emma  


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 07:36

Did you sleep any better Hosta?


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 07:09

Morning all/afties Pat. Hope you're cosy  

Glad you're a bit more chipper Dove  

You'd think I would sleep like a log after my walk, but it doesn't seem to work like that. I have a 'touch  of the Hostas'   Tonight should be better. I've given up and just got up for a cuppa and a nosey on here instead.

Edd - I think it's a smack in the mouth you'll be getting for Father's Day if you don't watch out! 

All this talk of sneezing and s**t is making me   

Hope DD is ok today. 

I will attempt to catch up a bit with everything here while having my cup of  tea.


Posted: 18/06/2016 at 22:58

Evening all - very late for me to be on here! Got home at ten - long, tiring day on two tough hills, but very good. 

Sorry T'bird - but the sun was splitting the trees up there, no wind either....

Met a lovely chap who was doing a checkpoint on the ridge for a girl who was trying to set a women's record for a long distance run. It's called the Ramsay Round - 24 Munros in 24 hours!    Talked to him for quite a while and then the girl appeared, already half an hour ahead of schedule. Unbelievable.  I felt I needed a lie down just thinking about it! 

I will catch up with you all tomorrow. I'm off to put my feet up now  

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 22:43

So sorry DD. Like some of the others, I'm not totally surprised, but making the decision is the first step, and you WILL get there. If I can do it , anyone can. Controlling behaviour is impossible to live with.

I hope you can continue to be a part of the forum - I know how brilliant these wonderful people here are. 

Loads of support for you here, and hope Charlie is ok. Love to you both xx


Posted: 18/06/2016 at 06:35

Did you mean 'Begonias' Copperdog? The thread has been about Bergenias so not the same plant. 

Hazels' advice is good, that's what I do with them - I'm afraid I don't know anything about begonias though! 

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