Latest posts by Yvieh

Purple foliage plants for shade?

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 14:31

Hi Viola111,

I'm certainly no expert, and I love Euphorbia (I currently have 8), but as you already have 2 lovely ones in that particualr space, I'd go for something different.  I'd put in a Vinca Major (Periwinkle).  Lovely yellow and green varigated leaves, with lilacy blue flowers.  It flowers for ages, is evergreen and puts out runners very easily, giving new plants when you pin them down so they can root.  I have them in full sun, partial shade and shade and they always come up trumps for me.  There is also a Vinca Minor, which is plain green evergreen leaves, but has small white flowers.  Both cheap plants to buy too, especially as they so freely give you freebies.

Good luck, Yvie

Talkback: Tulips

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 14:24

I had approx 400 tulips to plant last Autumn.  I left it late to avoid desease.  Most went in one big bed, the rest in pots.  The pots were really disappointing.  Only 2 gave a full show, whilst the other pots, maybe 4 or 5, either only leafed up and no flowers at all, or only 1 or 2 flowers per pot.  The bed planting, has surpassed my hopes and expectations, especially as I know I lost a fair few to the field mice.  So maybe I won't bother with pots next year?  How long are Tulips supposed to last in situ anyway?  I don't left and store them.


May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 12:29

My turn to rant Geoff.....

It seems it's true that the Hotels and B&B's have hiked their prices for Jubilee and Olympics year, and certainly not just in London.  We've been invited to a party in the East of the Country and Hotel or B&B costs are way above what you'd normally pay.  The Hotel/B&B cost, plus the petrol, parking (Prem Inn we found didn't have on-site parking!, and trust me, they ain't no £29 per night as Mr Henry says whilst bouncing around on a bed), drinks (can't expect a free bar), and present, would set us back best part of £250.00.  Thats a lot of money to spend to go to a party! We just can't justify that for a night out at the moment.


May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 12:23

Figrat and Winter, send your stuff my way! It's what I call 'Chicken Licken' weather here.  Very low grey sky, feeling like the skly's falling in.

Kate, naughty but funny


May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 11:09

Morning Everyone,

A night of really heavy rain and more ditches flooding.  Very dark, grey and rainy here all monring so far. It's supposed to brighten up later, apparently. 


Potting shed burglary

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 11:01

Winning a gardening security set is painfully ironic Lucy.  So sorry to hear about your break in.  In my experience, the thieving scumbags of this world will take anything, whether they really want it or not.  Last year someone actually lifted a load of newly planted hedging from outside our property!  Claiming on the insurance would only have pushed up our premium, so we had to fork out again.  We have security cameras all over the house and garden, and now have them up outside the house, in case these low lifes try it again.  I'd love to catch these people, wouldn't you!   Good for you, re picking yourself up and re-seeding.  Hope you've got some helpful friends and neighbours.


April in Your Garden

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 18:14

An improvement HyppyByker, I'll say!  Fab work.  I've got Ronaldo and love it.  Also Purple Prince. 


April in Your Garden

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 17:05

Geoff, yes I saw Monty planting the Lillie baskets. I thought for a moment about suggesting a pond to 'Vic', but after having to deal with about a million baby frogs in my tiny courtyard garden in Redhill, to the point where I couldn't step anywhere for treading on them, I thought better of it!  Such a pain.  They are the same baskets I've sunk the Tulips into, in the big bed.  I've also done the same with the Alliums and Sea Holly by the Waterfall Bed.


April in Your Garden

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 17:01

Steady yourself Geoffrey!  Keep yourself nice  Above, you've just described me and my life!   My Foxtail Lilly didn't even surface last year


Yellow Book Recommendations

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 16:55

Hi Quercusrobur,

Thanks for the link.  You are quite a way away, but certainly look worth a visit!


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