Latest posts by Fairygirl

Attempting to grow a hebe from seed

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 09:42

It's an old thread Robin, so your advice mya nt be noted, but I find hebes sometimes seed into their surroundings if they're suitable.

I also find cuttings quite easy, but I just stick bits in pots with gritty compost in early to late summer. 

Search function

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 09:35

I find the search function a bit hit and miss, but it's not the end of the world. Nobody's died  

As Hosta said - the site's free, so a few niggles here and there are ok. It does seem odd that it often brings up old threads rather than the newest ones though!

Totally agree that it's better for people just to start a new thread. As BL says, new threads get answered quickly (usually) and that's ideal for new posters in particular. 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 09:29

Morning all/afties Pat.

Think I was watching tv last night too. Can't really remember...can't even blame my forgetulness on drink since I don't !  

I was also testing some cakes oldest fairylet made for a Breast Cancer Awareness bake sale at her  work. I didn't take any pix, so I hope she did. They looked brilliant...and tasted even better  

Think I've got everything done now re the extension paperwork. Took it down to the council offices. Jeez what a r***y pain that's been, but necessary to sort it all out. Took loads of stuff to the tip yesterday too - the packaging from that new wardrobe plus all the old one just about filled the car. 

Hideous day here, and was a bit wild and windy last night. Didn't stop me sleeping soundly fortunately. I was a bit weary. 

Have a good trip Dove. Take it easy 

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Spindly Clematis

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 19:54

When you cut it right back in late winter/early spring, it should produce more stems each year from below ground as it matures. Assuming it was planted nice and deep to start with  

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 19:50

Brilliant scroggin - glad you had a good time and some good walking   

Weather's not been great here through September and October for hills. Our penalty for having the good stuff in spring  

shrub pruning

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 19:44

Eh - is the same one you asked about earlier Richard? I think I replied to you  

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 17:53

Haven't been on here for a little while - lovely pix. I like that atmospheric  shot of the waterfront Iamweedy  

What's not to like about waterfalls and hills scroggin?  

Have you been away for a little holiday again? Lovely that you got out. I'm getting a bit stir crazy 

Great views Obelixx. The sea is stunning whether it's wild or calm. Scoured rock is always attractive. 

These are on Stac Pollaidh, Assynt - which is a combination of 3 billion year old Lewisian Gneiss, and Torridon sandstone, and typical of the hills there.  It's quite a unique area of Scotland.

I had great fun scrambling round here - I reckon the tall section ( just left of centre) looks like a lady in a long gown  

Kind of doc to put a pic on for me before he went on his hols. I keep hoping I'll get the chance to do An Teallach. Famous hill - famously tricky too! 

Acer Palmatum

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 17:19

Agree with Obelixx. I inherited one in my previous garden which was in probably the worst position for any acer - out in the open with no significant shelter from the sun, and north or north easterly winds by any other planting or buildings. It got a bit frazzled at the ends of the foliage, but survived because it had copious amounts of water chucked on it from the sky - all year round, and clay soil. It was also next to the spring fed pond, so plenty of moisture all round it.

It would have been even better if it had been put in a shadier spot to protect it from the elements. 

When to hard prune a coneaster shrub

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 17:10

It can be tricky to pick a good time Richard, because at this time of year there are berries for the birds, and in spring flowers for the bees!

I find doing it after the berries are eaten is best, but what I sometimes do is take half away, and then do the other half a few months later. That way, the wildlife doesn't lose out too much. 

Having said that, if it needs chopping, chop it. It'll recover. I had to do it a couple of years ago on one I inherited. I've just removed some thick stems on the same one  - they had no berries on them so I didn't feel too guilty 

Credit where it's due!

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 17:06

Totally agree Philippa. I just said that a few days ago on the Forker thread. 

With the t'interweb at our fingertips, it's  a five minute job (usually) to tell a company they've done a good job. Great for the morale of workers, especially in small companies where things can be tough. 

I got some ironmongery from a biggish company last year, and sent an email thanking them for the great service. Got a reply from the office staff saying how delighted they all were, and it had made their day. 

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