Latest posts by Yviestevie


Posted: 25/07/2016 at 10:23

Morning all,  Light cloud with sunny spells here.  Pottering today, it feels strange not having the grandchildren to look after.  Panda needs a medal being a guide leader, I have a friend who took a group to India for three weeks.  I suggested she seek medical help.

Re hydrangeas, I read an interesting article on them that suggested that the name meant water chalice and related to the shape of the flowers and was nothing to do with how much water they need.  I have one that grows close to the base of very large tree and doesn't seem to worry about the dryness of the soil.

Just had a new pair of secateurs delivered, they were a free gift if you took a 6 month subscription to English Garden magazine.  The subscription wasn't much different to buying a new pair, which I needed, so it was a good deal.  I'll cancel after the 6 months though.

Off for a browse.


Posted: 25/07/2016 at 10:06

I'm happy for wasps to nest in the garden but I did have to get rid of one this year as they were under the  floorboards and we came home to find about 30 of them in our bedroom and another 15 in the bathroom.  Hubby is terrified of them so I'm afraid they had to go.


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 20:53

Not such a good day today, cloudy and cooler but still no rain so have had to water.  Have been to B&Q to buy paint for the kitchen.  Dreading the mess and upheaval but it really needs doing so Hubby is going to tackle it.  Not sure when he will start though.

Hope everyone had a good weekend.

Hamamalis for fragrance?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 22:17

Hi Sven, I'm bumping this up because I would like recommendations too.

Clematis Dying?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 22:15



Posted: 23/07/2016 at 22:04

It's cooled down here a bit. Spent the evening playing cards outside and moving the sprinkler.  What a lovely day today has been.  Cold seems a bit better and no spots (other than one mozzie bite).  Hopefully I'll miss the Chickenpox.  Haven't had any of the normal childhood ailments, did carry the chickenpox germs home to my sister, she wasn't impressed I was only at Junior school and she was 18.  She had to send mum to meet her boyfriend and tell him she was ill.  No phones then.

Didn't even have to have the TB  jab I was immune to that too.  Pity my immune system doesn't stretch to arthritis, still can't have everything.

Is it just me?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 18:01

Don't know I'll have to check.

Sweet peas dying prematurely

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 17:39

I've pulled mine up too Gatehill,  they were well watered and fed, they just didn't last, I've no idea why.  I grow them in large half barrels.  They had fresh compost fortified with Incredibloom.


Posted: 23/07/2016 at 17:34

He/she looks so sweet Fairy, you're right about the feet they are huge.

Good to hear from you BM.  I have made the decision re the trees but it doesn't stop me from being a bit nervous about how it will look.  Only 3 days to go and I'll know.

Dove I like the idea of a Kaftan, might be a good idea as wondering around in my nightie/dressing gown might be a bit of a no no when the neighbours can see in the garden.

Have had a lovely day today, spent it either sitting on a sun lounger reading, studying the new Sarah Raven catalogue and deciding which tulips to buy and pottering round the garden deadheading.  Perfect.

Hubby's cooking a chicken curry for tonight, hope it's not too hot.

Had a text from Firstborn, they arrived safely in Menorca only to find that the 'bites' on Mabel were in fact chickenpox spots.  Haven't had it myself so hoping this snivel really is just a snivel.


Posted: 22/07/2016 at 22:21

No rain here, been very hot today.  Lots of watering being done as quite a few new plants in. Showers have missed us so far.

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