Latest posts by Yviestevie


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 10:28

This year has been especially bad Lou.  I use organic slug pellets and others use nematods.

Rhododendron Confusing Me

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 10:27

New someone would have the answer

Rhododendron Confusing Me

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 10:26

No idea MTB79, I grow rhodos and my soil is neutral,  If any of the leaves go a bit yellowy (sometimes do, especially if I've had to water with tap water) I add a bit of ericaceous feed round the roots and it soon sorts itself out.  Rhodo flowers do change colour as they mature but not heard of totally different colours before.


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 10:20

Morning everyone,  I've not just got up, honestly.  The tree sugeon woke me at 7.45.  No nest in conifers so he's busy cutting them down.  Only hope I can cope with being overlooked.  Will have to start researching plants for the borders.  Think I will probably end up planting a new hedge but will be able to keep it to a reasonable height and width. 

It's a bit grey here this morning but not cold.

Is that more work you are taking on Clari,  you really must be bonkers, are they paying you extra?

Someone won some money I think, can't remember who, but congratulations and enjoy the new plants.

Watched Tatton too last night, couldn't agree more GWRS, the wheat garden was weird and not in a nice way.  Quite fancy going to Tatton, might have to put it on the visiting list for next year.

Must go and check those tree surgeons are not making too much of a hash of my garden.

Gardens we have visited 2016

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:46

So you did Busy, thanks for that

Gardens we have visited 2016

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 21:34

There is another Thread called Garden Visits, where I posted piccies of Sissinghurst, Gt Dixter and Scotney Castle but I don't know how to make a link in order to include them on this thread.

Here are some photos taken on a recent trip to Hidcote and Kiftsgate.  Hidcote first.

The following are Kiftsgate (my favourite)

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 20:41

It's rained, here are a few photos taken after the shower.

Black eyed susan and carex Sparkler

Canna Shenandoah

Astilbe - not sure of the variety

Rudbeckia Summerina Orange

Rudbeckia (think it's Little Gold Star)

From photo to canvas

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 10:27

We had a lovely photo of grandaughter walking through a field of poppies and had that put onto canvas for firstborn's christmas pressie a few years ago.  She really loved it.


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.

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I.D. Please

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Conifers have gone - What next?

What do you think? 
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Caryopteris and Capsid Bugs

Anyone else having problems 
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Garden Visits

Sissinghurst, Gt Dixter and Scotney Castle 
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Lupin damage

Can anyone help 
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Plant Combinations

Favourite Plant Combinations in your garden  
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Growing from seed 
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Pruning Hydrangea Limelight

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Plant Supports

on special at the moment 
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ID please

looks like a Carex or Liriope 
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Not sure what to do with this space.

What do people think of statues in the garden 
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We all need a bit of cheering up

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for the chop - or not. 
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Is this unusual

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Acanthus Mollis

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