Latest posts by Yviestevie


Posted: 22/07/2016 at 10:51

Boy it's hot out there.  Struggled to find a few things to buy at Ashwoods Echinacea Butterfly Kisses,  Agapanthus 'Royal Blue', a nice purply pink Roscoea and Rudbeckia 'Summerina Orange' found their way home with me.  For a change I know exactly where I want to put them so that might be a job for later this afternoon.  Have to go and visit mum first.

Keep looking at where the gap will be when the conifers come down and hoping I'm doing the right thing.   I popped and told the neighbours behind me that they were coming down on Tuesday, I was worried they might be going on holiday now the children are breaking up from school, and didn't want their cars left in the firing line.  They were concerned they would be able to look straight into my garden and offered to go halves on the cost of cutting them back each year.  When I showed her how wide they had become on my side of the fence she was very understanding and said she thought it would make my garden seem much larger and lighter.

Frank, those strawberry tarts sound lovely, have a nice day with the grandchildren.

BL thanks for the reminder re Tatton Park, will try and find it on catch up TV.


Posted: 22/07/2016 at 09:10

Morning everyone,  Another hot one here.  I'm off to Ashwoods this morning to have a browse.  Have a few gaps that need filling.

You're a bit more highbrow than us Dove, it's cards here in the garden not chess.  A few hands of S**t on your Neighbour with a glass or two of wine.

Keep at it Pat I'm sure you will master the tech.

Wonky don't forget to keep us informed on the new garden bed, lots of piccies please.

Don't get many finches here, I've put out niger seeds and sunflower seeds but not many takers

Have a good day everyone.

Casualties of this years slug explosion....

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 19:07

I have lost the most beautiful delphinium to slugs.    Can't show a picture of the devastation as nothing is left but here is a picture of it last year.


Posted: 21/07/2016 at 18:57

 A lovely sunny day again, it's gone a bit cloudy now and looks like we might get some rain, but I've watered anyway just in case. 

Have cut back geraniums today and a few other plants, never like the way the garden looks when the first flush of roses has gone over and a lot of early perennials need a trim.  I do have a few things in pots though that can fill a few gaps.  Planted Hydrangea Elegance bought yesterday. Still worrying a bit about the decision to remove some of the conifers from my garden, hope it looks OK.

Glad to hear from you Wonky I was wondering where you had disappeared to.

Panda has been at that beer festival a long time, hope she is OK.


Posted: 21/07/2016 at 12:47

Just checked re bus passes.  Apparently the powers that be who decided to delay my state pension for six years have also decided that I don't deserve a free bus pass either. 


Posted: 21/07/2016 at 12:39

Well that 'bit of tidying in the house' turned into vacuming all through, stripping the bed, washing on, dusting and polishing upstairs and sorting out post, mags and books lying around.  Phew.  I'm going to have rest the old back before attempting any gardening.

Mmm must look into bus passes, how old do you have to be.

gallery of shame

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 09:33

Thanks PP, I'll try to do better.  Have some v.large conifers coming down soon, I'm sure that will really make a mess, so I wont feel so bad then.


Posted: 21/07/2016 at 09:23

Lovely DD, but remember you created this garden so you can create another, hugs for you and Charlie.

Looks like another hot and sunny day here.  Slept really well last night, in fact I'm finding it hard to wake up properly.  Absolutely no plans today so I will potter in the garden and perhaps do a bit of tidying in the house when it's too hot to be in the garden.

Hope everyone has a good day.

gallery of shame

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 21:08

Might have to resign my membership as I've tidied the shed.  Please accept my apologies and give me another chance.


Posted: 20/07/2016 at 20:36

Evening all,  Busy day today sorted out grandchildren this morning and then came home to find our bedroom and bathroom full of wasps.  I don't mind them but hubby was having a hissy fit as he is terrified of them.  We called someone in to check for a nest and by the time he came at 12.00 we had about 50 of them in the house.  They were apparently getting in at the top of the bay window and living under the floorboards.  I'm afraid they had to go. 

Was in such a flap that I forgot both my phone and camera when I went to Wightwick Manor so no photos.  Nevermind it's only about 30 mins from where I live so I'll pop over again in the not too distant future.  It was lovely but very, very hot.  On the way back called into Ashwoods and bought a new hydrangea 'Elegance' a lovely white one for a relatively shady spot at the top of the garden, should show up well in the evenings.

Did some deadheading, cutting back and feeding this evening when it went cool.

The bad new is I think I have caught Clari's cold.  Feeling shivery, sneezy and headachey.  Was supposed to be looking after Jonah tomorrow but don't want him to catch a cold as he is still very little.

The big news is that I am having some of the very large conifers taken down at the bottom of the garden.  The man is going to check for nests and if everything is OK he will take them down next Tuesday.  A bit worried as I will be overlooked but it will make the garden seem so much bigger as they have spread such a lot since they were topped.  Should have even more space for new plants

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