Latest posts by Fairygirl

Vandalised hedge

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:48

I have a Mahonia, and a Holly as well DHR  

Never thought of that philippa. Now where's my saw?......

Problem with Heuchera plant

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:46

There is a product you can buy Leonard, but it's name escapes me. You can also get nematodes to apply, which is more eco friendly, but those need warmer weather to use. They're mostly applied in spring I think. They tend to work better in pots than in open ground. 

If you can see the little white-ish grubs in and around the plant roots, you can tip everything out on a sheet of plastic or similar, and the birds will snaffle them up. Clean off the soil from the plant roots and check there aren't any more, and then repot your plant.

It's the larvae that do the damage, but if you see any adults, squish them and it helps to prevent more of the b***ers! 

Pruning castor oil plant

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:39

Yes GD - you're right in that your plant is the castor oil plant - Ricinus. Yours looks stunning. 

Fatsia used to get called the False Castor Oil, but as there was a pic in the OP's original post, I think most of us just went with it!  

I don't have an OH any more, to please or otherwise, so if I wanted twenty Fatsias - I'll have them  


Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:33

Quite a lot of us here grow, or have grown,  Cannas, as well as other tropical or 'tropical appearing' plants Kate, but there's a virus which attacks them and it's been a bit prevalent this year. I'd intended getting another one  for this garden, but it's put me off. Pity - as they're stunning plants, especially the foliage  

I don't really have anywhere to overwinter them anyway now, so after losing the last one, I just have to find alternatives. 

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

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:28
Joyce21 says:

Well after a sh*t morning the sky is blue and the sun's out

Hope it's the same with you Fairy.

See original post

It was indeed Joyce. Just came in half an hour ago, as I'd finished what I was doing, and there was a huge bank of ominous clouds coming in. Skelping down now, andfeels like it could be thunder.y 

I know I shouldn't say this but, the unpleasant man who objected to a neighbour last year telling off his brats and turned up at her door giving her grief, has just gone past with his dog and brat out for their 'run', and I'm hoping he gets well caught in it.....

Naughty fairy 

We'll just shout at you next time Dove 

That's a long time you've had issues with your foot/feet Obelixx. Worth checking - certainly.

Managed to catch a pic of a nice little caterpillar (not sure what it is but hopefully someone will ID it )  and also the wren appeared on the back fence and I got a pic of him/her too. Will put them on the wildlife thread 

Is it too soon to cut back clematis?

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 14:02

I sometimes tidy up Group 3 clems at this time of year if I need to do a bit of renovating to other plants, but I've never cut them back as hard as I would in late winter/early spring. Don't see why you couldn't though.

Any new growth would get knocked back by the cold weather when it arrives, but I can't see that it would affect them drastically.

Problem with Heuchera plant

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 13:59

Hi Leonard - heucheras can be very susceptible to vine weevil damage, especially if they're in pots. The young ones chew through the roots and leave the plant 'detached'. Oftem you see nothing until the plant just collapses. Could that be what's happened?

Fortunately, heucheras will regrow from the tiniest bit of root, so all is not lost if that's the case.

If you can upload a photo here that would help too  

Vandalised hedge

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 13:53

Blackthorn is my 'poison of choice' here Lyn - the thorns are fabulous  

I needed something fairly cheap for my main boundary, and the evergreen choices were a bit pricey. I do have some berberis and pyracantha in other areas though. Marvellous stuff!  

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

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 13:38

Dacha - there are many times a pair of wellies would be handy on the hills, but sadly - they wouldn't do the job! Numerous days bog trotting off a hill I've reckoned  I might be developing webbed feet....

As long as you're not giving them all away Liri 

Progress with the 'stension paperwork issues, but hopefully all sorted by end of this week, after speaking to architect for an alteration to plans, and the nice chap who did the inspection earlier this morning. I'll be £250 lighter, but what can you do?  The end is in sight, thankfully. 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 11:56

Perhaps she'll need some of these instead Pat  

Lovely and jolly after your cold weather 

I love how you always apologise for your 'messy' garden BL. It looks fab at all times of the year! I'm always in awe of how you keep it looking so good when you're so busy with so many other things  

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