Latest posts by Fairygirl

Belfast sinks and their true value?

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 19:18

O Lady has one sweet pea, and Woody has a few - not sure what thread the pix are on though. 

It's not my birthday.

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 19:15

And you don't look any older than 115  Verd...

Pheasants attack the plums

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 16:13

I'm unsure why the thought is that a gamekeeper has introduced the pheasants. We had a load of them at our last house. They bred every year at the house across from us - our only near neighbour. He fed them, and they visited us regularly for food too - we could hand feed them. They sometimes got run over but that's life and nature I'm afraid.

A barrier - canes/timber with wire netting or similar - round the tree will help keep them away. Put some other food out for them in a different part of the garden as well so that they get used to that instead of raiding your tree. As they get bigger, which is quite quickly, they'll fly less and stick to the ground more. They're basically fancy chickens, so they need a good run to get up in the air  

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 08:12

I definitely don't have a cottage garden Bizzie! The sagey colour is a contrast to the black raised beds I've built. I inherited the bench when I moved here last year and it was a sorry state - covered in peeling paint. I have lots of strong colours so I wanted something gentle as a contrast. 

When I sit on it - eventually - the area of hottest colours will be behind me so that I don't need my sunglasses! 

Lawn Help!

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 07:57

Dave's right. I'd also add that the aspect of your site isn't going to be ideal for grass - even using seed suitable for shade. Make sure you've given enough thought to the maintenance of it in future because you may end up spending a lot of your time keeping weeds at bay if you want the grass to look good. 

New nieghbours, new fence and eye-saws

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 07:45

Check the height of a 'party fence' first with your council - I think it's normally 2 metres, but may even  be slightly higher. Offset your posts as previously suggested, erect a fence and then replant your climbers.

Just bear in mind that if there's six foot sections on the fence and you do your posts half way in between, you'll have concrete every three feet, because you'll have the neighbour's post holes as well as your own. Be generous with the nutrition you put in when planting 

I'd use a few taller evergreen shrubs as well if you have room - some will grow happily against fences and give height without too much depth.


Posted: 17/09/2014 at 07:06

Morning all. Quite dull and dark-ish here 

I have those back door shoes too Lesley. I can put them on with my slippers inside them so nice and cosy for my feet 


grass patches

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 18:54

It's easily done marypig. Once winter's over you can take stock and reseed patches if necessary. If the weather's kind over the next month with a mix of rain and warmth, you might get some new growth coming through so it may not look nearly so bad by spring 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 18:43

pootler- I can imagine exactly how nice that combination is. I have some dark annual cornflowers which are a similar colour and they look great with V. bon. 


Posted: 16/09/2014 at 18:38

Evening all. Busy day today so haven't had much time to look on here. Girls all kitted out with new specs so they're happy even if my bank balance isn't..

Dove - if you're going for a pull on type, you'll need that machine on Wallis and Gromit to help  

I couldn't possibly go CD either..and I've passed them on to my girls too 

No time to garden today but the birds have been enjoying their new bath - at least the two young magpies have. 

Hope you have a lovely night BL. 27 again? 

Off for a look round while the ham cooks for dinner.

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