Latest posts by Yviestevie


Posted: 18/07/2016 at 15:14

Afternoon all, Shame about David K.  The photo side of things is pretty pants on the new forum, not good, especially as it's one of the things we all wanted improved.  We have to upload poorer quality photos and can't get as close to check out the plants as we used to be able to.  ID'ing things is a real casualty of the upgrade.

Really hot here, I'm having to go out a do a bit of gardening and then come in for a cool down.  Hubby is out basking on the sun lounger, don't know how he does it. 

House is an absolute tip but can't be bothered with house work it's just too warm.  Not that I'm complaining, it's about time summer arrived.

Firstborn is off to their villa in Menorca for a month on Friday so no grandaughter cuddles for a very long time will need to make the most of tomorrow (my last day on Nanna duty before they go).  Nevermind I'll have more time to spend at Secondborn's cuddling baby grandson.

Cut loads back in the garden today.  It looks so much better for it.  Discovered a couple of plants I had forgotten about under the early summer perenials.  Think it's been a great year for roses so far, but geums and delphiniums haven't done as well.  All my alstromeria have been eaten by the army of slugs and snails that have invaded the garden this year, never had so many

DD, don't worry about leaving your garden, creating a new one will be fun and I'm sure you and Charlie will enjoy it.  Look forward not back.

Clari, it looks like you are going to have to eat a lot of ice cream if the freezer is on the blink.

Pacific coast irises

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 18:59

Try Kellways they specialise in Iris, just google them they have a very good website.

Moss removel from driveway

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 10:42

We always used Algon on our decking at our last house.  It's organic and is supposed to work on concrete and stone too.  It always worked well for us.

Please sign the petition

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 10:16

Ah, so summer is going to fall on a Tuesday this year.


Posted: 16/07/2016 at 10:03

You are right Dove,  It is very complicated in Turkey, Many of my friends do not like Erdogan.  He is trying to bring religeon into politics, something that is against Turkey's secular status.  He is not keen on free speech and has taken facebook and twitter down in the past, mind you he wasn't averse to using it last night.  That said, the Turkish people are very protective of their democratic right to vote so I think that is why they reacted as they did to the coup.

As far as I am aware everyone I know is safe.  If it had happened in the winter it might have been different as many people work at the tourist resorts between May and October and go back to their home cities in the winter.  Many are from Ankara and a few from Istanbul.


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 23:01

Really worried about the situation in Turkey.  We have many Turkish friends as we have been visiting Turkey since the 1980's.  We've just spoken to one of them and he says military jets are flying overhead and they are very worried about the situation.


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 18:48

Only do that on a Saturday night Hosta


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 18:39

Evening all,  Terrible news again.  Awful atrocities  are carried out in the name of nationalism and religion.  I tend to take individuals as I find them and stay from both.  I don't think mankind will ever learn.

Nanna duty today so no gardening for me.  I will be looking after Merri and Mabel again tomorrow and Jonah on Sunday.  What a cuddlefest.

I'm going to switch off the news and look at plant porn tonight.


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 18:25

I get lots of toads in my garden and I don't have a pond, not sure where they come from.  I have a log pile at the top of the garden and in the summer the borders are very dense.  I have a seeper hose which runs through the border which they like.

I used to work for a wildlife charity and people often asked where they could buy hedgehogs from.  I was even asked once where someone might be able to buy a barn owl.  I was often tempted to say the Co-op.  I'm afraid it's a case of create a wildlife friendly garden and 'they will come'.

Planting under row of conifers

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 18:12

I have lots growing under conifers. Here is a photo.  I have a seeper hose that I switch on for an hour a night in the summer. The conifers are east facing, very large and quite old.  I mulch with pre packed farmyard manure each spring.

I grow the following directly under the conifers.

Vinca (Periwinkle)


Rose (Rosy Cushion)

Spotted Laurel


Solomons Seal

There is a Clematis Montana Rubens growing through one conifer and a pink jasmine growing through another (the jasmine is planted to the side of the conifer not under it)

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on special at the moment 
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for the chop - or not. 
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