Latest posts by Yviestevie

Greek inspiration

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 21:05

The sweet rocket I grow is Hesperis Matronalis and I dont have any trouble with it spreading.  It pulls out really easy.  As Ive said I have good soil maybe its one of those plants that prefers poorer soil and that is why it seems non invasive in my garden. 

Tree surgeons not getting to root of problem!

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 20:56

Hi, Ive just had to have a tree felled by a tree surgeon but it didnt include the roots, I thought you had to ask specifically for this, or maybe you did.  Good Luck

English Bluebells

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 20:52

I would remove the Spanish ones or not plant the English ones.  Spanish bluebells are a real threat to our native species. A lot of conservation organisations spend a lot of time removing spanish bulbs from their sites to try and preserve our bluebells, but of course its your land so you are entitled to do as you wish. In the long term it could prove to be a bit of a grey vs red squirrel situation.


Posted: 23/09/2014 at 20:46

If you want to contact Cheshire Wildlife Trust the number is 01948 820728. 
I would ask to speak to Sue Tatman who is a Conservation Officer (providing she's still there).   She is responsible for the Wildlife Friendly Gardening Scheme.  She would be able to help or may put you on to the Biodiversity Officer.  Either way its a good place to start.
They would definitely want to know if there was a problem with the frog population in the are.  Ponds are one of the Trusts key areas of interest at the moment.


Posted: 23/09/2014 at 20:21

Hi all, back home grandchildren tucked up in bed.  I'm drinking a nice cuppa but somehow feel it should be a large glass of pinot.  Sweet pea seeds arrived today from Eagle so all ready to sow them in a week or so.  Hopefully tomorrow I can sow my aquilegia 'sweet rainbow' seeds.

The most surprising new plant in your garden

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:58

I think I'm going to put Chocca mocha into pots and then just place the pots in the border when there is a gap.  I have left my agapanthus out in the garden.  One of them has been in for 3 years so it has been through a bad winter and it was fine.  One went in last year so has only had a mild winter and the other is new this year.  I only have a tiny greenhouse so most of my plants have to survive outside.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:44

Just a quick question.  Ive been looking back at some of the photos and quite like the idea of growing a Canna.   Would they overwinter in a cold greenhouse?


Posted: 23/09/2014 at 12:49

Hi Matty,

Welcome back, I'm a fairly newbie but I'm sure some of the others will remember you and say Hi.  Can't help on the print size it depends on what you are typing on. I'm sure you will soon reinstate your bookmarks etc and get back on track.

Greek inspiration

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 11:55

Re Jasmines, I have two one pink and one white.  I have good soil so dont do anything special to them,  both are growing up trees I just chop them back if I need to.  The pink one has been in the grden for years and has gone through a few v harsh winters.

I would also grow some sweet rocket, dont think its particularly greek like but the perfume certainly evokes that mediteranium feel.  I visit Turkey a lot on hols and they grow similar plants, one they have a plumbago, I think you could only grown is in summer but its a lovely blue shade and goes well with jasmine.


Posted: 23/09/2014 at 11:43

Mornin All, Glad Pa is OK Dove, it sounds like he's the one that's been on the mystery tour.

I dont really like Yellow or Red flowers in the summer but spring and autumn without them is just plain wrong.  I moved a lot this summer and need to work out where I can put a couple of extra Autumn plants.   I have a lovely helenium in the organge/yellow bit of the garden and a nice dark pink plant in the pink/blue bit that's just going over.  I'd like a couple of copper coloured plants that aren't chrysanths.  I'll have a browse for next year.  I'm also looking for something pinky purple to grow through some gyp in summer/autumn it used to have an orange geum there but I moved it.

One year old grandaughter has now been joined by six year old grandaughter and both are pretty poorly.  SIL stayed home to help this morning and Firstborn is coming home after lunch.  They are both teachers so it's not as if they can book a few days holiday to look after them. I'm up to my neck in calpol, nurofen, piriton and calamine lotion.  Nanna 2 takes over tomorrow and I get to home for a couple of days break.

With a bit of luck I will be able to get my seeds planted.

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