Latest posts by Yviestevie

Is anyone else planning their spring tulip displays yet?

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 21:26

I've just ordered more Burgundy and Ballerina from Woolmans (20% off at the moment) these are the orange and purple ones that someone said they liked from last year.

I've also ordered two Sarah Raven collections Florentine and Brandy Snap.  Brandy Snap has La Belle Epoque in it which someone posted a piccy of on the forum and I really liked it.

Hope all the others come back from last year.  I'll just have to wait and see.  I underplanted a lot of them with wallflowers and forget me not last year but they didn't flower.  They should flower this year so it will be interesting to see how they turn out.

I'll be planting them all up on large plastic pots so that I can drop them into spaces and ceramic pots and then move them when they have gone over.

I've also ordered some iris reticulata and will be looking at daffs next.  Love bulbs they really cheer me up after the winter.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 17:20

Afternoon all, wet and miserable here all day so no gardening even though loads needs to be done.  Been catching up on some TV and finishing off the washing.

Could just eat some of your jam Dove on lovely crusty bread..... stop it.  I've just signed up for weightwatchers so I'm not allowed to think about jam, cake and other such goodies.  It's fresh fruit and veg for me.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 20:38

PS, please stop talking about cake, I've gained loads of weight on hols and will be reviewing my eating habits ie dieting for the forseeable future

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 20:37

Evening all, feeling a bit shattered after returning from Hols, washing is being done as we speak and I'm recovering from the disastrous return journey which involved us oversleeping until 20 mins before the taxi arrived to pick us up for the airport (this resulted in pandemonium with us dashing round the apartment desperately trying to get dressed and finish packing). 

We then got soaked in a massive thunderstorm whilst loading the cases into the taxi followed by a really hair raising trip down winding flooded roads to the airport. 

Standing in the queue at check in I realised that I had left my handbag in the taxi so hubby had to dash around trying to find the driver, luckily he had stopped for a coffee and the handbag was retrieved. 

The airport was a nightmare as two flights were delayed and so there were hundreds of people in what is a very, very small airport.  Luckily our flight was on time.  It was a pretty awful end to what was a really lovely holiday.

The garden was fine, although the grass was really long (message to self - don't have the lawn treated before going on holiday again).  Haven't got to grips with it yet other than mowing the lawn as I've been busy looking after grandson yesterday and stayed over to give secondborn a break.  Today was spent visiting mum and running errands for her and tomorrow I'm looking after Mabel for Firstborn. 

Phew, I think I need another holiday.

Have been reading back but the brain can't process  all the information so I hope everyone is OK.

Why do my Japanese Anemone's look like this?

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 18:36

I think the problem could be that you haven't been deadheading them which means the plant thinks it's done its job and just needs to produce seed now.  Be warned about moving Jap Anem.  You will only spread them to another place.  I've been trying to get rid of the thugs for years but I'm still finding the odd one popping up. 

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 18:07

Everytime I go to Wyvale in Worcester (I take my grandaughter in for a cup of tea and a cake) I wonder around the plants in total dismay,  They mostly look dead and bedraggled and to be honest I wouldn't take any of them if they were given to me as I would be worried about introducing something nasty into the garden.  I love David Austin roses and I'm sure if he could see how Wyvale treat them he would refuse to supply.

Better than Wyevale

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 17:47

Ashwood Nursery, Kingswinford, (on the Staffordshire, West Mids Border near Dudley).  Never seen so much as a dead leaf never mind a dead plant.  A great range of plants, lots of knowledge and help and the best cake I have ever tasted.  It can't be beaten.

Another goody is St Peters Nursery at Norton near Worcester.

Is anyone else planning their spring tulip displays yet?

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 21:15

I bought the perennial collection from SR two years ago and they performed well.  I did buy from other suppliers but I'm not at home to check.  Will take a look tomorrow and post again.  I have only just returned from holiday and can't wait to check out the pile of bulb catalogues that came while I was away.

Which is your favourite month in your garden?

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 20:46

May. Leaves on the trees the garden is so fresh and green and it's my birthday 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 13:44

Greetings from Kefalonia.  Lying under an olive tree at the moment listening the crickets.  Glad to hear from you RB.  Went into Argostoli this morning to watch the loggerhead turtles feeding in the harbour.  They were huge.  Will have to watchPoldark on catch up whenI get back to uk.  Can someone pop round and check if my garden is ok please.  Now do I fancy a nice cold glass of white or a bowl of greek yoghurt, fruit and honey?

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