Latest posts by Yviestevie


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 20:38

I saw my first Jay when I worked for the Wildlife Trust, I had always imagined they were smaller birds.  When on hols in Turkey about two years ago there was a jay who spent a lot of time in the trees at a nearby restaurant.  Everytime the owner lit up a cigarette the jay would take it off him and fly off with it.  I have no idea what he did with it but it was a good way of cutting back on the ciggies.

Need to encourage more slugs into the garden

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 20:33

Verdun, do you want whole ones or the ones I chop in half with the spade?

Cuttings Advice Please

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 20:14

Thanks for all your help.  Ill take them all off the self watering trays and keep them on the dryish side apart from the coleus.  The penstemmon cuttings have definitely taken and are doing well, the rest are fairly recent so fingers crossed.

Bekkie the lavender is in terracotta pots but not sure that the compost is gritty enough. Oh well they either take or they don't. 


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 20:00

Hi folks, wasn't around this morning as I was on early nanna duty.  I'm so glad that our Kingdom is still United and I hope any issues north of the border are sorted out and that a good compromise is reached. 

So excited for you OL, I've made quite a few dramatic changes so far during my life and they have all turned out for the best, so good luck to you and OH. 

Weather here has been drizzily, not sure we had enough to keep the garden happy though.

Popped into the GC by my daughters today and bought a couple of trays of violas and pansys to had a bit of colour to the pots until the bulbs come through in the Spring.


Posted: 18/09/2014 at 22:54

The station is looking great GardenGirl Im sure its appreciated by the passengers.

I did relax this evening but first I spent a couple of hours at the home where mom is a resident, shes not looking good at the moment and is having quite a few problems with her skin, especially on her feet, which isnt good if you are a 92 year old diabetic.  Anyway I got her sorted and had quite a long chat with the nurse. 

I then spent the rest of the evening catching up on Gardeners World and Beechcroft which were taped while I was on holiday.  Really like some of those Salvias and Ive added them to my wish list.

Im on nanna duty tomorrow so will have to get a reasonably early night tonight.




Cuttings Advice Please

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 17:02

This is the first year that I have had a GH and I have taken some cuttings.  At the moment I have pelargonium, lavender, penstemmon and coleus.I have put them on self watering trays but not sure if I am doing the right thing.  I really am not sure how to water them over the winter and would be grateful for some advice. 

Lupins from seed

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 16:58

Well, lupins and hollyhocks planted so we'll see how they go.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 16:55

Been too busy today to relax BM.  Ive been deadheading, planting bulbs, hellebore, lupins and hollyhocks for next year.  Just about to go in the shower to remove all the grime before visiting mum. I'm hoping to catch up on a bit of tv this evening and free up some space on the planner after the holiday.


Posted: 18/09/2014 at 16:50

Just planted three oval pots with Narcissus Baby Moon, Muscari Blue Angel and Crocus Whitewell Purple. Have put a few pansies in to give it a bit of interest until the bulbs appear. According to the packets I should get colour from Feb until April.  The squirrel was watching me while I planted licking his lips.  I have put some chicken wire about 1" below the surface to foil his dastardley plans. Fingers crossed.

Ive also been deadheading today and found that my large red poppies that had disappeared underground have re-emerged, the way things are going they will probably flower around November!!!!  Ive also got wallflowers beginning to flower.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 13:14

Cast Iron envy BM.  Love the blue and white agapanthus and your planting infront of the shed is really coming along.

You're right Fairy when I posted the pic of my brolly earlier in the year I couldnt believe it was my patio it looked so nice.  Much nicer than in real life.

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