Latest posts by Fairygirl

Attempting to grow a hebe from seed

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 14:41

I've got one that's now in a 5 inch pot Will - it seeded into the gravel path from one of the three clay pots I have with Hebe vernicosa in them. It's probably taken a couple of years to get to that size, although I expect if I'd potted it on when I should have, it would be bigger by now!

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

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 11:24

Glad you got a few more zzzzzzs Joyce.  It's supposed to clear up a bit later on, but I'm not holding my breath. I had to go and check that the rain wasn't coming in my open bedroom windows. The only problem with it's location - when the weather's coming slightly more from the south than the west! The wind's forecast to be pretty fierce on the hills today too, and pretty rubbish all weekend. I'm not having much luck in that department   

Wildlife photos

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 11:03

Really interesting - we have lots of hawthorn, lime  and rowans (of course!) round here, so they've probably been around and I've just never seen them. Hopefully they'll hang about if they like blackthorn though - they'll have a nice steady supply in my garden. Certainly a lovely looking caterpillar. I'll need to keep an eye out for the moths themselves.

I'm always amazed at how we take for granted the whole life cycle of butterflies/moths. It's one of the most astonishing events when you think about it. 

Wildlife photos

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 10:21

They must have other food sources, but I certainly haven't seen one of those caterpillars before, so I can only assume the blackthorn has had some effect. I'm hoping so anyway! If it clears up I might go and have a look around and see if I can spot him again - he might have brought some family and friends too  

As you say, as your garden develops, you'll attract masses of insects and wildlife Obelixx. You have so much scope there, and so many plans. It's great  

Wildlife photos

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 09:56

Obelixx - I contacted a moth/butterfly site run by Steve Ogden, and he IDd him for me as a Grey Dagger moth. I looked at the link he gave me to his site, and one of the pix was identical. He gets a bigger 'hump' down his back and gets a bit bigger too. The caterpillar, not Steve....

Some of the caterpillars he'd photographed had been raised on blackthorn, and I have  a blackthorn hedge - a few feet from where I took the pic. Nice to know that planting it is having real benefits. 

Jump in 79henriksen - look forward to seeing any pix you take. We're keen on wildlife of all kinds on the forum 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 09:45

Gorgeous Pat. They really must make you smile 

Dianthus are one of my favourites, but they get a bit manky here over winter. I might try keeping some under cover so that they don't get drowned!  

Attempting to grow a hebe from seed

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 09:42

It's an old thread Robin, so your advice mya nt be noted, but I find hebes sometimes seed into their surroundings if they're suitable.

I also find cuttings quite easy, but I just stick bits in pots with gritty compost in early to late summer. 

Search function

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 09:35

I find the search function a bit hit and miss, but it's not the end of the world. Nobody's died  

As Hosta said - the site's free, so a few niggles here and there are ok. It does seem odd that it often brings up old threads rather than the newest ones though!

Totally agree that it's better for people just to start a new thread. As BL says, new threads get answered quickly (usually) and that's ideal for new posters in particular. 

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

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 09:29

Morning all/afties Pat.

Think I was watching tv last night too. Can't really remember...can't even blame my forgetulness on drink since I don't !  

I was also testing some cakes oldest fairylet made for a Breast Cancer Awareness bake sale at her  work. I didn't take any pix, so I hope she did. They looked brilliant...and tasted even better  

Think I've got everything done now re the extension paperwork. Took it down to the council offices. Jeez what a r***y pain that's been, but necessary to sort it all out. Took loads of stuff to the tip yesterday too - the packaging from that new wardrobe plus all the old one just about filled the car. 

Hideous day here, and was a bit wild and windy last night. Didn't stop me sleeping soundly fortunately. I was a bit weary. 

Have a good trip Dove. Take it easy 

Last edited: 13 October 2017 09:30:42

Spindly Clematis

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 19:54

When you cut it right back in late winter/early spring, it should produce more stems each year from below ground as it matures. Assuming it was planted nice and deep to start with  

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