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Trachycarpus Fortunei

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:50

They look amazing don't they. Planted one 15 years ago that was little more than a foot high. Is now a good 20

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:39

And Gail how close is it to your neighbours house? MIght help if you told them that if it gets into their foundations they will have serious problems. 

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:37

Just a little comment here...If you do cut it it does have to be disposed of in the proper manner or you can be fined. Also anything you chop that hits the ground will try and grow again.

Mr botch it

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:30

Gosh grandma that sounds like a major bodgit! I had an aquaintance who was a carpenter. I asked him if he knew any local fencers and he reccomended his son. He was a brilliant carpenter so trusted him. Bought the furniture for a gate I wanted to put in and to replace on an existing double gate and called said son to come and do fence. He turned up over an hour later than he said he would, took 3 days to do what I thought was a pretty quick job. Luckily gave me and invoice didn't ask for payment straight away and left. Within a week 2 of the fence panels had fallen down. I could not open the newly installed gate and he had put the furniture on the existing gate upside down!!!!!! Refused to pay a penny. Went down the road where I had seen someone had a new fence up. Rang their man who came and laughed an awful lot at what had been done, ripped it all up and started again!   

Sick roses

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:19

Any chance of pictures Mandeli? Sounds like a deficiency in the soil. What soil do you have...chalky, sandy, clay? Does not sound like any kind of disease. Try digging in some nice composted manure around them and see what happens.

unwanted grass

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:08

Old carpet will work but make sure it is synthetic as the grass will come through rotting wool carpets. Will take quite a while to go using that method. Hope you are not in too much of a hurry.

Rasied bed walkway problem

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:06

Instead of weed membrane use driveway membrane. It won't get through that!

Trachycarpus Fortunei

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:04

Yes and any leaves that look battered as well. You slowly cut the leaves up the trunk each year so you end up with a nice full head at the top.


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:01

Hi Verdun  Have to say the only plant I really won't tolerate...apart from the obvious like monbretia. Can't stand it and replace it as soon as possible but having several "large in the middle of nowhere full of rabbit and deer" gardens any kind of flower is a blessing! I let things like comfrey mint and lemon balm fight it out. plant honesty and sweet rocket, wild mallow. All thugs that I wouldn't ever use in my own garden.

Where are you that roses don't grow well? Tried to look at profiles earlier and computer said no! 


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:27

My main interest?....Gosh how do I answer that. I want to garden the world! I am an addict when it comes to plants. I can never learn enough. I garden for a living so my passion is my work. I love to take on a new garden and make it work be it tiny back terrace garden or plonked in the middle of the countryside garden. I try to plant with the site in mind. If its semi wild keep it that way just add more interest. I never try to force a plant to grow where it doesn't want to be. Nature knows best and I go with her. I also share the love lol. Can never throw a plant away. My gardens are so varied that what doesn't work or is not wanted in one garden will flourish and be loved in another.



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