Latest posts by Fairygirl

Worried about my bare roots

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 18:53

I'd do what Onopordum suggests -  a bed of compost/soil somewhere so that the roots are buried and won't dry out. That's all you have to worry about, as the plants have been dug up from the ground while dormant to send to you. You would simply be replicating the conditions they've been in   

They will survive a surprisingly long time like that, and you can get them planted or potted up, depending on your circumstances, once the ground or conditions are more suitable.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 18:33

That's very sad Clari. I'm sure you'll deal with it very well.

Fidget - probably highly sensible to take the money and run, as you say, but always a bit sad that it's cheaper to knock down, usually quality, houses than renovate etc. It happens round here quite often, and will no doubt be the case with my late uncle's house as it was in a fairly poor state - elderly man on his own for years. Sometimes 'doing up to sell'  can be tricky too, as it's easy to keep going and not knowing where to stop. 

Check you out, Dove - with your paste! I looked as if I'd 'styled' mine with summat when I got off that hill on Saturday. Bonny it wasn't 


Posted: 16/01/2017 at 12:47

It's a very 'infectious' hobby too pokhim! 

I also have loads of bulbs - spring's a long time arriving in Scotland so it really helps. Like you, I have a lot of greenery, for the reason already mentioned. It makes a sanctuary though, as you rightly say, and so much better than looking at bare soil and fences.

'Lots of choices and options' - you're already  sounding like a very seasoned gardener!  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 12:41

Hosta - your precious angels - that made me smile  

I'll be happy either way too - as long as they don't expect me to be babysitting while they're at work. Nae chance! It'll cut into my hillwalking time  

The finger's ok - thanks all. I should have got on with sewing too, instead of diy-ing. Stupid mare. If I'd used the big scissors it wouldn't have happened.  I've done quite a bit of damage to fingers over the years, including sawing into one with a hedgetrimmer. I didn't want to worry my parents, whose hedges I was doing, and I only had one weekend to do it all, so I taped it all up and carried on. It was fine...really....

I was wondering if doc was away too but I think it's a couple of weeks yet.

It was a tupperware type of day here yesterday too - great expression! Even the hills have lost most of their snow again. It's not normal...

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 08:04

Morning all/afties Pat - sorry you've had such a hot day. I feel your pain even if others might be envious of the heat! 

Obelixx - I feel the same about grandchildren. My girls are probably fairly unlikely to have any children, and that's their choice, as it was mine to have them. I get slightly annoyed with women who see it as their 'right' to be a granny. Rights have got nothing to with it. 

I've done new kitchens in two houses, both along with other building work in the house as well. I don't know if that makes it easier because you're so used to the mess and disruption.  It's remarkable how you can get used to it.  First one was probably worse because the girls were only 3 and 6 at the time. 

I managed to slice a piece out of the tip of a finger yesterday. Scissors instead of secateurs this time. Who knew they were that sharp. I had to go out, so I needed some gaffer tape to hold teh micropore together and stop it bleeding eveywhere. Wasn't pretty.  Looking at it just now I think it could have done with a stitch. Too late though  

Haven't caught Sherlock yet. Forgot to record it at New Year amd didn't realise there was a couple more either. Perhaps I won't bother.

Been wet here and it's a very grey day form what I can tell as it's still a bit dark.

Have a good day everyone whatever the weather. 

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 10:15

Blackies were waiting for me this morning Dove. Great to see them isn't it? They seem to visit more at this time of year here - when their normal food sources are a bit more scarce. Have you got frost today? We've gone from subzero and car scraping yesterday to rain and about 7 or 8 degrees today. 

aym - the cage is constructed from the shelves from one of those plastic greenhouses. The holes will be around an inch and a half/3 or 4 centimetres I guess. It's just big enough to let all the small birds in but keep starlings and anything bigger out. The starlings had a go when I first put it up, but they didn't like it. I saw one trying recently, but he chickened out!  

It will get constructed more robustly this year hopefully - didnt have time last year. It'll get a proper roof as I didn't have enough of the shelves at the time so used some netting, but the squirrel made a hole in it and got in. I stuck a few bits of timber on top as a temporary measure! 

The nuthatches are bigger than tits and finches - about the chunkiness of a robin, but  longer. I thought they wouldn't get in when they first visited - he/she spent a minute or so sitting on the top and looking down at the feeder. Just as I was feeling guilty, he dropped down and slipped in no bother  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 09:47

Hope all goes well for chicklet - don't envy her 

I'm sure having mum there for moral support will help though.

Bon Voyage 

That's a helluva cake Paula. Not sure how I missed that! 

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 08:58

I got quite a few the first time they visited 

Once he/she had figured out how to get in, he/she was quite acrobatic - standing on one leg and pulling the food out with the other 

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 08:49

Lovely jays - we don't get them in residential gardens round here, or at least, I've never seem them in any garden I've had,but I expect they're more visible in rural locations. I've seen them on the lower slopes of the hills, but only the southern ones - they don't get too far north.

My nuthatches are visiting every day - often the two together. I think they're a pair as the males seem to be quite stroppy with each other, from what I've read. They're very messy but the other birds benefit from the stuff chucked on the ground  


Posted: 15/01/2017 at 08:31

Just watched the prog  lads - very impressed with your hard graft! That's a tough shift when you have to remove the whole site and start again! 

Both couples worked very hard, and stayed focused. I think that's one of the hardest things when you start from scratch.

You should all be really proud of what you achieved and I hope you get loads of pleasure seeing the gardens develop and grow. As others have said, keep updating us with photos - we have a dedicated thread for our garden pictures - Garden Gallery 2017, so take plenty  

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