Latest posts by Fairygirl

Pruning of camellia

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 17:12

Hi Jennifer. Camellias are happy to carry on growing well after pruning so it's not a problem. Perhaps you could leave it till after flowering so that it can recover in better conditions. Hard pruning now will remove all the buds for next spring.

However, if you want to tackle it now, you could prune the sides and a bit of the top, and then leave the rest till after flowering, to avoid issues with cold weather appearing and killing off any new growth. It depends on  where you are and waht your garden conditions are like. 

I'd do it now though, if it was mine. 

Planting out

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 17:05

The paeony stems grow from  what looks like a little reddish bud emerging from the crown of the plant, Breathe. A bit like the new shoots emerging on hostas. Try and plant so that those are just showing and no more.

If the plant's small,  put it in a pot and let it get settled and  organised for over winter. 

Polemonium advice

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 12:54

Looks well wakeshine  

Sometimes - gardening is trial and error. If you find a plant that you think would look good with it, stick a pot of it there for a while and see what you think. Pots of late spring bulbs would be nice with it too. Play about till you find the look you want  

Lawn care

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 12:51

I find B&Q's products every bit as good as Scott's, who make Evergreen etc. It's just a chemical formula after all. 

I think it's easy to get a bit hung up over these things. Unless you want a perfect bowling or putting green, grass just needs some basic requiremenets to look healthy and be suitable for most people in their garden. Regular mowing, drainage,  light and water are the main ones. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 12:47

That was a lovely little event Hosta. How nice that the person behind had a such a nice attitude. Gives you a warm feeling and restores your faith in the human race   

Oh Clari - I agree with you totally about helping people. Have we become such a nation of 'people in their own bubble', that we don't see anything round us?  I wouldn't be able to help anyone if their car had a flat tyre or anything serious wrong with it, but I can take them somewhere or get them petrol etc. 

Think you've done brilliantly with your challenge. I couldn't survive without tea, and tap water is so vile on it's own. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 19:08

Hi Bob - Rannoch can look fabulous at this time of year when there are lots of pockets of fog sitting on it. That happens at any time of year actually!  

I'm south of Glasgow, so Schiehallion ( Hill of the Fairies ) is a good couple of hours away - a bit more really. I hillwalk, so I often travel over a hundred miles at the weekend to do them. I've done  most of the biggest ones (Munros) closer to home now, apart from about 8 or 10, so it's getting trickier to do new ones as they're  a bit far to do in one day now unfortunately. I bore everyone senseless on this thread each week with my hill photos  

I was up doing some smaller hills there recently and got a few of Schiehallion. The cloud lifted from the summit later in the day 


Posted: 20/09/2016 at 18:56

I find it strange that someone who started a thread several years ago and didn't get the answer he 'wants' as opposed to the answers he 'got', keeps on and on and on repeating the same stuff.

You won't get a different set of answers, no matter how often you try   

Best to find another forum to rant on perhaps....

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 18:40

That was very good timing Dove. 'I love it when a plan comes together.....' 

Could have done with getting outside after work but we'd have been eating toast for dinner if I didn't go to the dreaded supermarche... 

Hate mobiles phones too, although there's a good reason for that.  I think using a cooker etc is far more useful obelixx, but maybe we're just dinosaurs!  My sister texted me today to  say I hadn't replied to the text she sent on Saturday. Tricky when you're half way along a glen and there's no signal. They just tend to disappear into the ether forever if you don't get them at the time. Don't think she believed me though  

BL - I can understand you feeling vulnerable. Is there somewhere you can go instead, if no one can come to you? 

What shape

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 18:30

If you want something freestanding, a gate would be ideal. You'd probably find  one on a local 'free' site or eBay etc. You'll have to attach it securely to posts concreted into the ground though.

It would look a bit odd unless you link it to the surroundings well enough. Among other shrubs or decent sized planting, would be my suggestion, or create a screen across the garden and put it in as a slightly open gate. 


Posted: 20/09/2016 at 08:12

Mark - I find it leaks a bit where the hose connector joins,  but a bit of plumber's tape helps. It certainly does the job  

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