Latest posts by Yviestevie


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

Sambucus black lace/elderflower

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 06:19

I have one too.  Love it.  It takes lots of abuse, just cut it back when it gets too big and it is a lovely foil for my favourite rose Mortimer Sackler.  Have seen it fronted by Sutton Apricot Foxgloves and it looked beautiful.  I'm growing some from seed at the moment (foxgloves that is, not black lace)


Posted: 20/07/2016 at 06:13

Morning all,  Another early Nanna Day today. 50mile round trip just to drop them off at school and nursery.  I'm sure my mum wouldn't have done this for me.  Last time I'll see them before they go on hols for a month so musn't complain.

Sorry RB has had to sign off for a while, she'll be missed.  Hope she comes back soon.  Don't like all these disappearances.

Lovely in the garden at the moment, just done a bit of deadheading before heading off.  Hot one last night but we are lucky.  A few years ago we bought a portable air con unit when it was on offer.  Don't use it very often but last night it was a god send even if it is a bit noisy.

Off to Wightwick Manor with friend later to check out the gardens.

Hope everyone has a good day.


Posted: 19/07/2016 at 13:14

By jove it's hot out there.  Been playing in the shade with Mabel.  She's been making tea and stew in her play kitchen.  Needless to say she is now wet and muddy and my garden and conservatory definitely need a bit of a tidy.

The sun has moved round now so we've moved into the lounge where it is much cooler to watch 'Jake and the Neverland Pirates' what an exciting life I lead.  Just about to eat fish finger sandwiches for lunch to complete the experience.

Stay cool folks.  It's definitely not a gardening day.

My grubby hands

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 13:09

I treat myself to LOccitane hand scrub, it smells really yummy and removes all the ingrained dirt as well as leaving your hands really soft.  It's a bit on the pricey side but lasts ages and worth every penny.  Makes a great pressie so add it to your lists.

Favourite Music Genres What's Yours?

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 06:19

Wouldn't say I prefer any particular genre.  It depends on what mood I'm in.

Love Soul and a bit of Rnb.  Aretha especially.

Motown gets me on the dancefloor Stevie Wonder is one of my Favs.

Adore Ella Fitzgerald and Harry Conick Jnr, esp the soundtrack to When Harry met Sally.

If I'm in a country mood then Ann Lee Womack or Dolly fits the bill

Anything by Bette Midler

A fan of Cream/Eric Clapton/Jimi Hendrix

Not averse to joining 8 year old grandaughter singing along to Taylor Swift in the car.

Both my daughters are singers and my hubby has been playing accoustic and electric guitar since he was 13 so the house has always been full of music.  I ran a 12 piece soul band for a number of years mainly made up of students incl my daughters.  It was like hearding cats.  We played Ronnie Scots in Birmingham a few times.

Not a fan of classical, can't stand blues (I can watch the news if I want to be depressed). Not a hard core Jazz fan either. Really dislike Rapp. Think that pretty much covers it.


Posted: 19/07/2016 at 05:44

Flipping eck, first up, that doesn't happen very often.  Off on an early Nanna duty today.  Hope everyone has a lovely day.  Haven't seen the news yet so don't know what's going on in the world.  Might keep it like that all day


Posted: 18/07/2016 at 15:30

If you want a good revenge song listen to Lee Ann Womack singing 'I'll think of a reason later.  The lyrics are brilliant. 

She also sings one of the greatest 'uplifting' songs you'll ever hear called 'I hope you dance'

White Climbing Rose

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 15:21

If the wall isn't too high then take a look at Claire Austin on the David Austin website, I have two growing up obelisks in the garden they are thornless and white and have a nice perfume.

Clematis and roses

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 15:19

I've grown clematis where roses have been and haven't had a problem, but can't give you a definitive answer I'm afraid.

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