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Latest posts by blairs

getting on with the neighbours

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 13:53

The trick is too not let things bother you. On saying that I am not too happy that my neighbour painted my fence. They declined to pay for it last year and it is entirely on my side of the garden (they had dug a small ditch as a boundary). Went to the shops on Saturday and came back to find 90% of it painted in their orange stain, so will have to use a darker stain to cover theirs this weekend! Oh the joy...

getting on with the neighbours

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 21:05

Actually Tim Burr the 2m guide is for new hedges, not established ones (ie before 2006) and it is for the affects of a hedge over 2 metres, not the height itself. Say a hedge of 2.5m - the council will only investigate the affects of the 50cm over the 2 metres.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 13:58

Physical barriers are the ONLY way to stop them. The skewers or bamboo canes will work nicely. Any sprays or the like will wash away and are a waste of money and time. Buy some cheap bamboo canes and place them around the area where they walk and they will clear off, espcially if they are pooping in a flower bed.

Not all bad news in the garden

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 20:16

My Bamboos are looking the best now, especially after the bruising after April's near hurricane wind. Ornamental grasses are having their year as are the young trees planted locally, they have sprouted much taller this year with the poor sun and lots of light. Anything that likes water (like Hydrangea as Palaisglide said) has had a good few months. My self seeded gunnera is huge.

shade loving plants

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 22:34

Hellebore, Hardy Geranium, Japanese Anemone come to mind. Pansies do fine in the shade as do most spring bulbs. The problem is if it is damp shade, as that is ideal for slugs and snails. If you can keep it on the dry side then plants do flourish well.


Posted: 11/07/2012 at 22:31

Calendula/English Marigold. It self seeds everywhere. It does brighten things up though, so I forgive it. As it was so mild all winter so much of it survived from last year and came back even more this year.

I also added Alpine Strawberries into my garden and they have got on too well, taking over several borders and running runners with impunity.

Red dogwood

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 23:11

Cut them back, you need to cut back red dogwood to keep the red colour anyway, and they are all the better for it.


Posted: 04/07/2012 at 10:50

Mine is in a north facing situ and is fine. Perhaps the soil is too damp or compacted? You can amend it. Defo not south facing, that makes them woody and lanky and ugly.

Sickly plants ? Try asprin.

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 10:47

Worth a try. I have a few plants looking sad, think it is too much rain though!


Conifer Trouble

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 10:46

I was thinking salt poisoning - from salting the driveway when icey, or run off salt from roads, or wind damage or both.

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