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Latest posts by Yviestevie

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 13:51

Sparrowhawks regularly visit the garden.  I havent seen them take a bird and I hope I never do.  I have occasionally seen a flurry of feathers on the lawn so I suppose either it or the local cat has been successful.  I once saw two magpies literally ripping apart a live bird in my garden and I've never felt the same about them since.  However, I do appreciate that nature has to take it's course and I do feel honoured when the sparrow hawk sits on my fence and watches me sitting in the conservatory.

All I do is make sure that my bird feeding station is close to cover, its also in a corner of the garden that makes it difficult for the sparrowhawk to swoop down and get away with prey.


Posted: 28/10/2014 at 12:53

Hi Folks, Lovely day here blue sky and 17c.  Ive been out shopping for mum and visited her in the home.  Ive done a little gardening, planted some more Alliums but felt too tired to do any more.  I'm sure I've got a cold in the offing.  A little present from grandaughter I dare say. 

DD Claire Austin is David Austin's daughter.  I have used her on line service a few times.  Most of the time very good.  I did have one problem when an Astrantia arrived looking a bit sorry for itself.  When I called to complain they said it was just a bit of scorch and to plant it and that it would be OK.  When it still didnt look very good a couple of weeks later I called again and a member of staff said she had posted a replacement but not to acknowledge it as Claire didnt like sending out single plants due to the cost and she might get into trouble.  The replacement was fine when it arrived, and I have to say that after a lot of TLC the initial astrantia did start to thrive.  I did think a bit weird at the time.

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 12:40

Just noticed that a couple of you who havent had any trouble have acid soil.  I dont I have neutral soil, perhaps thats the answer.

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 12:38

Sorry Im with Berghill on this the pink one that was in my garden before I moved in has spread everywhere and Im never out of the garden, always weeding and keeping things under control.  It's now in next doors garden have grown under the fence.  Ive dug it up but just a tiny bit of root will start a new plant.  It was dug up about 3 months ago but is already growing through, it just keeps coming back.  I suspect I just have soil it likes but I would certainly recommend planting it in some kind of container just in case you have the type of soil it loves.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 23:29

I had doors dipped in previous house and they were really good.  But I have recently bought chairs from ebay that I think had been dipped and the joints were loose due to the glue melting I think. 

Monty don new series

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 18:29

Just watched the norwegian garden one.  Not my cup of tea but didn't she work hard.


Posted: 27/10/2014 at 18:19

How Cute is he SGL.  I'm back from birthday shopping.  Secondborn has beautiful new leather satchel and is very chuffed.  I had a lovely slice of Coffee and Walnut Cake and I am also chuffed.  We're having chicken and mushroom curry (made from scratch by hubby) at around 7.00 so I need to work up an appetite to do it justice.

Second lot of Allium bulbs arrived this morning (ordered at Gardeners World Show at NEC) weather permitting I might try and get them in the ground tomorrow question is should I put the tulips in at the same time or wait a couple of weeks.  I think it will depend upon energy levels.

I still have to empty some of my summer pots.  The begonias and fuschias were so lovely that I havent had the heart to empty them yet.


Posted: 27/10/2014 at 09:50

Yes Bekkie, be careful, on holiday I booked a massage with a lady who originally came from Coventry but had now moved and lived in Turkey.  She had a suprise baby at 50.  I bet that was some birthday present. 

Sounds like everyone is OK today, weather here is dull and cloudy.  Taking secondborn out today to buy her birthday present.  She was keen on going into Birmingham (Yuk) but I managed to persuade her that a trip to Ironbridge would be much better.  She had her eye on a brown leather satchel we saw there a while ago.   It will cost me a bit more than planned but it's worth it not to have to go into town at half term, I really don't appreciate queuing up to get on an escalator.



Posted: 26/10/2014 at 22:10

Night BM.  Just wondering whether to have some toast before bedtime with a nice cuppa.  Just started watching Angels and Demons but not sure I can stay awake till the end without sustinance.

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 21:56

Dont fancy driving that far so I've asked hubby to drop me off and pick me up the next day, he's considering it.  Also happy to give you a lift Bekkie as you are only round the corner so to speak.  Haven't decided on a costume yet, I have a few in the wardrobe, gathered from over the years.  Some of them wont be appropriate as I suspect it might be a bit chilly so near the coast. 

I'll bring the Pinot.

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