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Plant IDs and advice please.

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 11:09

No3 is variagated privet or golden privet Ligustrum ovalifolium Aureum.

Climbing roses

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 08:27

Climbing roses need to be tied in horizontally or at 45 degree's as soon as the stems firm up and turn from red/pale green to green. First year climbers, will produce lots of growth, and it snaps readily, so be careful and don't force the new growth into a frame too early. You won't get the best from a climber until the second year, and the best time to tie in, is towards the end of the year/ winter, when stems have firmed up. The wider you make your frame, the more roses you'll get so give them space. When you tie in, start as low as possible, otherwise you get lots of top growth and bare stems below.

Neighbour's roots lifting my driveway?

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 08:13

Louise, the best thing you can do is leave it in the hands of the insurance company. If they are having to pay for any remedial work that has to be carried out then their legal departments will pursue your neighbour through the courts for any costs. 

Doing it this way leaves you out of any direct confrontation with your neighbour.

You'll never have good relations with him, and that as I know, is better than confrontation. It provides a barrier and decreases the stress levels to you personally. I am surprised your surveyor didn't raise the issue prior to your purchase of the property, but you get what you pay for with those guys.

It'll be an expensive job, so letting the insurance and loss adjusters do the work will lift a huge burden from your shoulders, and you can be pretty smug about it when your neighbour tries to raise the issue, by just telling him to deal with the insurance company. It save you instigating court action and all the hassle that goes with it.

Missing Bees

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 17:16

It's been a bit cool recently for many bees to come out. Just hope the summer really gets going soon.


Posted: 01/06/2015 at 07:57

They're scale insects, can be treated with some insecticides or biological controls. See link below.

Magpies attacking blackbird and nest

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:52

One winter I saw two Magpies hunt a robin. The robin was flying diagonally across a snowy field and two magpies flew in from different directions one to distract and the other to attack. The attacking magpie made one strike at the robin which went down onto the snow in a pool of blood. They then literally tore it apart and devoured it. Not pretty but fascinating behaviour from intelligent corvids. Everything has to eat. 

Centaurea 'alba'

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:44


Tiny black insects on cornflowers. Please help.

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:44

Aphids VN, nothing to worry about, sqiush them or rub them off with your fingers.

Landscaping Fabric

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:29

If you are going to use it, edge it with gravel boards. You tuck the fabric under the edge of the boards to keep it in place then put the gravel on to it. At first it looks rubbish, but over a season it blends in as the grass comes up to the edges. It's better than having fabric flapping about. 

Saw fly

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 23:09

It's hard to stop them other than by using chemicals. Vigilance is the key. Inspect the roses regularly and crush the caterpillars that cause the damage by squishing them as soon as it starts. They're small green ones so you have to look carefully and get every single one.

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