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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Climbers, fences and shade

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:59

Hi Kai - honeysuckle will be fine in that situation as it likes it's feet in shade with a bit of sun to grow towards. Lots of clematis will be perfectly happy too, and ivy will grow anywhere. I'm sure jasmine will need sun - I don't grow it as my conditions wouldn't suit it, so I can't really advise on that one.

You'd be best to bulk up your soil with some well rotted manure and good compost. Clematis, in particular, need a lot of food. The main thing to address before planting anything is the strength of the fence. Climbers are heavy once they get going. Honeysuckle remains over winter as it has a woody structure, and it can get very heavy,  bringing fences down if they're not sturdy. Ivy's the same. Just be aware of the sizes they grow to before planting. Ivy can cover a huge area, and the montana clematis will do the same. 

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:50

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:43

Twice the length from the middle to the end...apparently  

I think the key is to have a very gritty growing medium for aeoniums. That way, you can water more freely but excess water will get away from roots.

Ponds - When to Clean it Out

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:36

Sometimes it's damage limitation philippa!

My ex partner had no idea there was a pond there. We had a big pond that fed into this one, but this just looked like an overgrown bed. 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:08

I have a good window cleaner chicky...

He would probably have stayed there if I'd gone outside though. They're bold those youngsters!

Is it wrong that I laughed when the other one flew onto my neighbour's garage but didn't make the landing and slid off....


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:05

Panda - you deserve it and enjoy your hols 

Is there any danger of 'the midge' Hosta? 

He's the very scruffy one RB. The other one's getting his neck feathers back, although they both look better than they did a couple of weeks ago. Not bad pic for through the window!

Dove - I'm not getting involved - bamboo now.... 

It'll fall on deaf ears anyway!

That new roundup gel

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:00

Call me cynical but's a money making scheme. 

I don't rate these things at all but marketing men know how to get many of us to part with our hard earned cash 

I do pretty much what NL2 does. I don't use a lot of weedkiller, but when I have to , I use Resolva as it works very quickly. I find many others take so long to work that another load of weeds have seeded in and started a new generation. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 09:54

Those are fabulous Clarice - very impressive. Hard to pick a winner! 

Took this the other night - not quite a full moon, think that was last night


Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 09:46

Lovely Panda 

# Raindrops on roses...errr alchemilla..

 something tasty in here...



Posted: 29/08/2015 at 09:38

No holiday weekend here as LP says - Monday's weather  looks lousy anyway! Tomorrow looks like it might be favourable to walk (north east) so that will be my plan - it's a cunning plan of course  

Would you like my waterproof trousers chicky? 

Just been watching the young magpies wreak havoc on my 'window box'. They're very amusing, poking about for whatever it is that's so tasty, but this one started wrecking my saxifrage and chucking bits everywhere so I had to chase him

 cheeky monkey 

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