Latest posts by Fairygirl

Clematis Dying?

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 20:43


I wouldn't have said it's the best specimen for a container, but now that you've got the hang of it, you'll be looking to get a few more  clematis   

Unknown Plant / Weed

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 20:06

Councils won't do anything unless it's on council land. Even then....

The best method is injecting weedkiller into the stems. That's the current, favoured way of doing it, although I think you need a specialist to do that. You need to be really methodical and vigilant if you do it yourself.

Patio slabs makeover tips needed.

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 19:53
Metalmama says:

The garden is doing really well and I'm getting more enjoyment out of it than my two kids .

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 That's the stuff!   

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 19:50

That's a fair bit of graft Clari. How much did the dug do though?  

I love how ponds look a bit lonely and odd at that stage, then you get planting in and surroundings sorted, and suddenly they become a totally different feature altogether. Have you got any bits of broken slab or similar - or even some wedges of turf? You can shove them underneath the edges to help with levels. 

I went and got compost and some little clay pots for his Lordship when he's ready for facing the Scottish summer. I didn't put him (there's actually three) outside today - it was a bit blowy and cool and wet. It's like having a small baby  

I planted out the cobaeas. They're getting all tangled and unruly, so they can take their chances. I only got two to germinate. I probably didn't have enough heat for them the second time. The first ones had the radiators to sit on. Not sure how they'll do. 

Patio slabs makeover tips needed.

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 19:40

Ooh - what did I suggest to you? My memory is getting far worse!

I have to admit - I bought a little 'Hobbit door' to put in the garden. I have a couple of locations in mind 

Weed or not weed?

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 19:35

Looks like Jap anem to me too - mine are exactly at that stage too.

They can be slightly invasive, but it depends on soil ,weather conditions and the variety, so don't let it put you off. They seed around, but if you deadhead, they're not a problem. I love them.

Patio slabs makeover tips needed.

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 19:29

Sorry - I went out and didn't see your reply MMama!

I wondered if you'd meant the grout but then you mentioned it so I thought it was another area  

You've had plenty of good replies anyway 

It's also easy enough to do the grout yourself. You can buy ready prepared dry mix which you can sweep into the gaps after you've cleaned up the slabs and done whatever else you want to do with them. You then just leave it to draw moisture from the surroundings, or use a watering can to set it.  I've done that before . The paving was laid on a thick layer of grit sand Will, and we had no problem, but it's one of those things that might need looked at once the cleaning's been done. 

Alternatively, you could plant some creeping thyme, or similar, into the gaps, or remove the odd slab here and there and plant into it. 


Posted: 21/05/2017 at 14:31

Hosta - have you suddenly discovered modesty in your old age? 

Patio slabs makeover tips needed.

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 14:24

Where is the concrete you need to remove  - is that in another area? 

I'd do them with a good strong jet from a hose, and a stiff broom to loosen up anything that's stubbon. Washing up liquid will help with grime and dirt too.

I'm not sure why you've been advised not to use a power washer though - they're usually pretty effective. As is often the case though, some people use them too close up, resulting in bits loosening off or breaking, but I've never had a problem with them. 

You can get paint for paving too. Don't know how effective it is long term, but that might be worth thinking about once you've spruced them up.  

My tiny back yard

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 14:09

Hypericums in general get a bit of a bad press as they can be a bit common and some can also be quite invasive, but considering you don't have loads of lovely borders for them to run amok in, it should be a bonus rather than a nuisance! Fabulous for those bees too  James  

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