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Latest posts by Yviestevie

Giant Lupin Aphid

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 18:02

I've never seen them, must have been lucky so far as I've grown lupins for a number of years.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.


Posted: 14/04/2015 at 17:56

Fabulous news SGL, you will absolutely love it.  It's much better than being a parent, all the fun and hardly any of the responsibility.

Wintersong pergola is looking lovely can't wait to see more photos. 

I agree, drinks on the terrace sounds so much better than drinks on the patio. Miss Marple rather than Hyacinth Bucket don't you think.

Well I have inspected the Wisteria and unless I am mistaken there are no flowers on that there plant.  All apple pips and no grapes, it's going to meet its maker and I will have a fine time choosing something new to go in what is, without doubt, the sunniest and best spot in the garden.



Posted: 14/04/2015 at 12:41

Afternoon all,

Thanks for the Wisteria pic chicky.  Will check when I go home but I have a feeling I am going to be disappointed.

Pond looks beautiful BM glad you are getting things sorted bit by bit. Beautiful weather here in Worcester, took Mabel to the park this morning to watch the ducks and the swan sitting on her nest. She spent half an hour poking sticks through the fence so that the ducks would have enough to build their nests, bless. Tried pointing out that they could fly and get their own but she was having none of it.

SIL spent a lot of time sorting out his garden over Easter. 

He has shaped all the bushes into lovely different sized round balls including, red robin, escallonia, pieris and philadelphus.

Refused to cut budleja down any further than 4ft saying he will lose all the flowers (it's a nice vase shape with a flat top).

Hacked the top of a huge conifer and moved some flowering shrubs underneath it.

Built a raised bed about 18" up the trunk of a cherry tree and topped it off with chippings to keep the weeds down (didn't remove any first and left the huge patch of beautiful cyclamen that grew under there insitue - oh and no weed supressing blanket, apparently you don't need one if you cover the weeds with soil.

Planted out loads of new bedding plants saying that the garden centre wouldn't sell them if they weren't meant to go outside. 

I have tried on numerous occasions to give advice re the garden but he is determined to do it his way so now I smile and nod.

Hope everyone has a lovely day in the sunshine.

Have I killed my hydrangea?

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 22:11

I have 5 hydrangeas in the garden mophead, lace and paniculata.  All of them have buds on at the moment.  I'm in the West Midlands if that helps at all.


Posted: 13/04/2015 at 22:08

When I get back tomorrow I'll check the Wisteria and see if their are two types of bud or only one. Fingers crossed.

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:56

I think I may have just planted that small flowering cranesbill.  The flowers are minute and I think it may be coming up again.

full shade

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:24

Check out

Copper tape

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:21

I'm trying copper tape for the first time this year.  Mainly because it's the first time I have grown hostas.  So far so good.

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:10

Oh Wisteria will be added to this list if the ruddy thing doesn't flower this year

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:08

Forgot Jap Anemones and Red Hot Pokers.

I too love Gyp it's georgeous when it weaves through other plants.

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