Latest posts by Yviestevie

Anyone grown stocks or snapdragons from seed?

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 17:43

I grew both from seed this year.  Sowed them in March and they flowered this year a treat.  I have some snapdragons in my garden that are at least 3 years old and still flowering beautifully, its funny but only the yellow and white ones survived the winter. To stop them going woody as soon as they start sprouting in the spring I cut them right down to about 3 inches. Couldnt tell you what variety they were because I didnt grow those from seed I got them from the GC as bedding plants.  Oh and Ive got one of the pinky/yellow ones that dont really look like snapdragons but are.  That survived last winter but it was really mild.

Anyone for Coffee

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 17:35

I read somewhere that you can use it to disguise the smell of drugs to help you get them through customs.  Apparently it confuses the sniffer dogs.  Or was it on CSI?


Posted: 21/09/2014 at 17:31

Hi Dove, thanks for the good wishes, Im sure she will be fine in a few days.

Verdun, you really are a wicked tease, but I must say it did make me laugh.


Posted: 21/09/2014 at 17:28

Thanks Bekkie, Just had a call from Firstborn apparently Grandaughter has Hand, Foot and Mouth.  I had heard of it before, my friends Grandaughter had it.  It mainly affects children under 9 and they get painful blisters on their hands feet and around and in their mouth.  Thats why we couldnt get her to take any medication or food.  Nothing we can do apparently, it will last about 5 days and antibiotics dont help because its viral.  It says on the internet that you shouldnt cuddle or kiss those infected with it.  Like thats going to happen, when she gets back home she's going to get the biggest cuddle going.  Looks like I'm in for a tricky few days but hey ho as long as shes OK.


Posted: 21/09/2014 at 15:46

Hi Folks,  Just a flying visit hope everyone is well.  Grandaughter is poorly (firstborn just taken her to hospital) so Im here looking after grandaughter two and preparing to do the ironing.  I am quite worried as we cant get any fluids down her or antibiotics.  Shes covered in a rash, I think it could be a bad dose of chickenpox but what do I know.  Firstborn has done the meningitis test just in case and it doesnt look likes it that but by the time we had been on the telephone to NHS direct for about half an hour answering the most ridiculous questions, I lost the plot, said forget about it and told firstborn to get her to casualty.  I do miss the days of calling the GP out.  Might catch up with you all later if I get a chance.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 23:19

Never mind OL, Ive ordered now, but thanks for the offer.  Maybe next year we can pool resources and share a packet.  They are expensive but I'm hoping for good things. Which variety did you go for.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 22:20

Well its probably more seed than I need but the colours are perfect.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 21:47

Yes it was Eagle, I went for the Chelsea collection just my kind of colours. Hope the perfume is good.

The most surprising new plant in your garden

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 21:45

First year Ive grown Cosmos and they will definitely be on my list next year.  They are great for filling in any gaps that develop and Im planning to grow them next to a couple of new peonies that wont be flowering for a couple of years.  I've already got the Chocca mocca from the mag and Ive also bought a packet of Daydream.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 21:32

Thanks for the recommendation David.  Ive ordered a packet of seeds.  They provide some good cultivation information too, so fingers crossed I'll have more success this year.

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