Latest posts by Yviestevie

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 05:33

Hi folks, not sure whether to say good morning or good evening! At firstborns on nanna duty and not sleeping. 

Both daughters son in law and hubby teach at secondary schools and some of the stories I hear are unbelievable so non of the above surprise me.  

It was me that visited Scotney.  Watched the programme but didn't spot myself.  

Enjoy your hols (can't remember who  was going now)

glad you are enjoying new job Wonky.

Might try and get more sleep now.

Rudbeckia Sunbeckia.

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 19:29

Oh, thanks for posting this.  I bought one a few weeks ago, didn't realise it was more of an annual.  Planted it outside and was planning on leaving it there.  Anyone else grown one.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 19:26

Evening all,  You have been a chatty lot.  I'm not sure why I haven't been around for the last few days, seem to have been occupied with one thing and another.  Done quite a bit of gardening and have visited First and Secondborn a couple of times.  Have also been doing quite a few jigsaw puzzles, so I suppose I could blame Pat

Welcome to newbies, sorry but I can't remember what has been going on.  I did read back quickly but apart from Pat's s***e, which traumatised me and the odd mention of the C word it's all blending into one.  It must be my age.

Talking about the C word I actually went to Merry Hell today and bought all my C cards and wrap and bought/ordered the grandchildren's C presents.  From tomorrow we are all allowed to say the word but can't bring myself to use it until then.

Have been hiding behind closed curtains as I forgot to buy any Halloween sweets and there have been quite a few witches and ghosties walking the streets.

Nanna duty tomorrow afternoon and wednesday morning so will 'see' you all on Thursday.

Dahlias in Devon - in the ground or not?

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 17:24

I live in the Midlands and always leave my Dahlias in the ground.  I may lose the odd one, usually to slugs and snails, but most come through the the winter OK.  I'll just accept the loss if we have a really bad winter as I can't be bothered with all the faff of digging  them up and storing them.  My soil is neutral and a good consistency, no clay but not too sandy.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 17:04

Been quite busy out there today.  Cut the lawns and edged, might be the last time this year.  Cut back quite a lot of perennials and moved some Scabious.  I hope the take in their new spot, they are the dessert variety and were really pretty this year.  Wouldn't have moved them but they were taller than I expected and were definitely in the wrong place.  Also cut back the cannas in the greenhouse.  Really aching at the moment so a relaxing evening planned.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 13:18

Hi folks,

Just waiting for secondborn to arrive with Jonah so I thought I would drop in.  Gardening plans went out of the window this morning as the house really needed a bit of a clean.  Also sprayed everywhere with Dettol antibacterial as we have both had horrible colds and don't want to pass it on.

Will get back to the gardening and chopping down the cannas tomorrow.  Now that the dark nights are arriving I want to get the garden shipshape for the winter which arrives when the clock goes back as far as I'm concerned.  Hate dark nights with a vengance and my light box is already in use for a couple of hours in the evening.

Hope the last day at your job goes well wonky.

Busy enjoy your break and don't worry too much about the relies, I speak from experience.  Now I'm off to find out what Zentangling is.


Posted: 26/10/2016 at 18:43

Verdun, you are much further south than me.  We've already had frosts.


Posted: 26/10/2016 at 15:42

Thanks everyone,   They'll get the chop tomorrow

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 15:14

Hi everyone,

Hosta, if that had been me there would have been a few choice words said.  I'm not good when my sleep is curtailed for no good reason.

Pat, I'm glad we don't get many visitors, sounds too much like hard work.

Had a busy morning, all bulbs are now planted.  Most of the tender salvias and agapanthus are now tucked up in the greenhouse.  Still a fair bit to do but a good start.  Had to fetch a bag of grit for top dressing the pots and it was heavier than I thought so aching a bit now.

Don't think I'll be doing much for the rest of today, need to save myself for tomorrow when I have Jonah to look after.  Secondborn is going to be pampered as she is off to Rome for a few days next week (a birthday treat from her partner).  Don't tell anyone, but he's going to ask her to marry him while they are away.  He popped over to ask our permission last week (he's a bit of a traditionalist at heart).  I've now got to keep my mouth shut for a few more days, it's killing me.

'See' you all later.


Posted: 25/10/2016 at 16:58

I have just taken my cannas into a frost free greenhouse for the winter.  They are in containers.  The greenhouse is very small and I would like to cut them back to make more room but I am receiving conflicting advice.  Some say leave them to die down so the goodness goes back into the plant (like bulbs).  Others say this doesn't matter as the frost would blacken the leaves anyway (like Dahlias).  What do you do?

Watering also seems contentious.  Some say they should be kept dry during the winter.  However, Hart Canna who grow them commercially, say never let them dry out and water lightly throughout the winter.

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