Latest posts by Fairygirl

Tulips in pots

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 09:05

I don't find squirrels get tulips - they're too deep for them. It's crocus and small alliums they love here because they're near enough the surface. I put netting over them after planting.

I never put a bed of grit under the bulbs - I find that acts too much like a soakaway and defeats the purpose. Far better to mix plenty of grit through the planting medium. We get a lot of rainfall though, so it may not be so important in drier areas. 

Identification needed!

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 08:55

Not familiar with that one at all L'bird. Just looked at info on it. It still looks a bit neater and closer growing than the pix I found. Tricky!

Very unusual though, isn't it?  

Polemonium advice

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 08:45

Wakeshine - I grow phormiums 'Cream Delight' and 'Yellow Flag', I have Spartina (green with fine yellow margins) and Hackenochloa in a bed together, and I have some carexes - 'Evergold'. Those are the only grasses I have, apart from the ones in that pic and the new Uncinia.

Some grasses are quite neat and small - that Uncinia is - so if you don't have a lot of space, you can have some of thoselittle ones. They work well with other vertical planting, in particular.

I used to have a lot of grasses, but I went off them a while ago, so only have those few here. Verd grows a lot of them so he'll have lots of suggestions for you to try.

It does depend on the look you want and the size of the space you have  

New wildlife pond - what should we expect to colonise it first?

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 08:34

Watercress works in still ponds too Wendy. I've had both  

It has to be warm enough for it to root, but once it does, it hoovers up the nutrients and makes a big difference. I used it in the smaller pond at my last house - the other one would have needed a watercress farm to eradicate the blanket weed! It's about balance though - the big pond did it's own thing.

Re your brown/oily situation Jo - is there something in the surrounding soil leaking in? Do you have a liner or is it a clay lined pond? If the pond's new, it may still be settling in  

Identification needed!

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 08:28

Me too Ladybird! 

Did we get any further with it? Think we agreed it was one of the whipcord Hebes....

Last edited: 24 September 2016 08:28:26

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 08:25

Sounds good Dove...errrr....I have to go and get my hair cut though, and I have tea to drink, and a Scandi drama to catch up on, so I might not manage all the hoovering and dusting....

tonights beechgrove, red hot pokers.

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 08:20

Doesn't give the plant names for that garden unfortunately - just the plants in the main features at Beechgrove.

tonights beechgrove, red hot pokers.

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 08:14

fidget - would the info be on the factsheet? You can subscribe to that.

I'll take a look and see if there's any good info there. 

Stacey lambs ear

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 08:10

No need to spray anything pokhim  

Follow nut's advice - remove the damaged ones. If I sprayed every damaged leaf in my garden I'd never be doing anything else!  

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 08:04

Morning all/afties Pat - no washing going out today here! Glad son is back and cat is having 'quality' time with him 

DD - you've been 'volunteered' so you'll have to do it! Oops  

Don't think I'll be planting any bulbs ...unless I can find something to be inside to do it. It's a bit calmer at the moment though. Hideous howly wind last night. Glad I got a little bit done yesterday before it started.

I might have to do h****work today...

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