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Fiona Kennedy's forum posts

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Native vs Spanish Bluebells

from Fi

Hallo panel
This is a question of conscience! I have some beautiful bluebells growing beneath some fruit trees, creating a mini woodland feel.
However, they were given to me and I am pretty sure they are of the Scilla (?) variety rather than native.
Having a strong conservationist conscience, should I dig them out immediately? I have attempted to sow some bluebell seeds from a reputable source, but if necessary I am prepared to replace them with indigenous plants.
Thanks for this great opportunity.

  • Posted: Wed. 6th May 2009 18:15
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Clematis pruning

from Fi

Hi Pam
Not an expert but learnt a little ditty to remind me:
If it flowers before June, Prune.
If it is a later flowering, wait till Spring.
So prune away, to maybe 9" or so above ground level.
Not sure about feeding or watering, maybe someone else can help too.
Good luck

  • Posted: Sun. 3rd May 2009 17:57

1st of May

from Fi

Hi all
It's only just May and today I was so excited to see my first Damselfly, a pair of meadow blue butterflies, and ladybirds! In a hurry to recultivate the bare areas from my work now to help the tinies along.
Anyone else seen any firsts this week?

  • Posted: Fri. 1st May 2009 21:48
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Hola Johanes!

from Fi

It's great to see a design from Spain. I can speak a little Spanish, and I think you may not have many answers as your plan is in Spanish, and perhaps the plants are for a hotter climate than here in the UK.
Maybe you would like to put your question on the Gardening Design and Landscaping forum, where there will be experts to answer next week.
Good luck

  • Posted: Fri. 1st May 2009 21:45

Is it hardy?

from Fi

Hi Laura
I've been looking for a large hardy fuchsia and love this one, thanks for posting the pic.
Is it hardy enough to leave in over winter?

  • Posted: Fri. 1st May 2009 08:59

Mine arrived this morning! 02:19!

from Fi

Hi Nicola
I get mine regularly - I checked when today's was sent - 02:19! You're obviously an insomniac lol.
As a result of today's I'm off out after my coffee to take some softwood cuttings for my friends.
Loving the site (heard you again on 3CR - well done).

  • Posted: Fri. 1st May 2009 08:57

Think I have this shrub

from Fi

Hi K, I looked it up and hadn't realised it's a pieris - I think I have this inherited from my mum!
I find it has grown best in a container, filled with ericaceous (acid) compost, in a shady spot - they are like camelias and don't like the morning sun. I would transfer it to a pot, give it a water in and then leave it in a shady (maybe west facing) spot - I keep mine against a west facing honeysuckle hedge, near the house so it's a bit warmer than out in the garden. Perhaps you could cut off the dead parts of the branches - you can use your nail to just scrape the 'bark' to see if it's green underneath. It should start to shoot again in a few weeks. Good luck, it's well worth a try.

  • Posted: Fri. 1st May 2009 08:38


from Fi

Hi Jo, will keep you up to progress. How are you doing? I have hundreds of tadpoles now in my pond, looks like piranhas! Fi

Linda - that's the downside, it's just not very social in your own back garden. I'm going to put my name down for a local allotment if only for the pub (or maybe barrel in the shed!) social side of things.
How's yours coming along? Fi

  • Posted: Sat. 25th April 2009 23:41


from Fi

Hi Jo
Guess what - newly shooted seedlings, put them in plastic bags in the mini greenhouse two days ago - checked them this morning and all shrivelled, dead! Back to the nursery I think, or maybe stick to potatoes, sigh.

  • Posted: Sat. 25th April 2009 23:38


from Fi

Hi Linda
You did make me smile - my type of gardening! Compost full of little flies, covered around my waist this week in itchy bumps, put my newly shooted seedlings in the mini greenhouse only to find them cooked this morning! Have put the rest out to take whatever comes - no sympathy left!
Good luck!

  • Posted: Sat. 25th April 2009 23:35