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david spikes

Latest posts by david spikes

building houses on green belt land

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 17:14

if you investigate uk's empty house problem you will find that a huge proportion are being held as investments by out of country money. apparently uk tax laws make it very attractive to own the property and not care whether it is occupied or not. the same laws make it desirable for rich foreigners-saudi princes, russian oligarchs and such , to buy london property and leave it vacant. a lot of social pressures and not just in the uk, are being caused by the quite astounding wealth of the world's top one tenth of one percent-that is still 7 million people-and the fact that they all want property in the desireable places. that said-yes trees are more important. 

Average Spend in garden centre

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 01:01

i don't keep track because if i did i'd probably stop. having once owned a gc i can say that it will do 80% of its business in 6 weeks in the spring with people who come in once a year and basically know nothing about gardening. even more than most retail it is soul destroying.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 00:53

 wonderful colour on the years last roses-mrs. g. how fine everything looks

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 19:02

 this time of year i always think the garden looks intensely gardeny. DD nice maple-finally decided i had to stop torturing jm buy trying to grow them here..

hot composting

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 15:36

weds. 11 am-tools and materials

weds 1215 pm


 weds 1 pm

 anyone else heaping this year?


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 22:23

record nov.high today25C. but cooler next week. on the down side less than 1/4 in. precip in the last 7 mos. in honor of that stat. i am deep watering the garden.


Posted: 07/11/2014 at 00:48

afternoons here have gone beyond fine, past lovely into the exquisite-november light on golden leaves against the autumn sky. weather has been so fine with so much new growth on the penstemons that i took a few dozen cuttings. have got to finish rebuilding the cold room so everything can go in there-the bay windows are  filling up.



Posted: 05/11/2014 at 17:37

very cold nights with warm days here. turned the lilies out of there pots yesterday. after 2 years so overgrown that had to break one of the pots to get at them. hundreds of bulbs and bulblets so a couple of unexpected hours spent replanting. the bulblets all into nursery beds resolutely not thinking about whether i really want hundreds of lilies. buddleia santana and salvia clevelandii cuttings rooted and piles and piles of stuff for the compost heap. a very satisfying autumn so far.


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 20:33

made air reservations for xmas in prague and thought i might stop in London on my way home. Lordy, lordy, hotel prices made me realize how poor i am. when i was there three years ago prices seemed astounding, but now. . . . . .

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 18:24

 new to me this autumn-geum blazing sunset

 just keeps going

Discussions started by david spikes

hot composting

compost heaping 
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Last Post: 20/11/2014 at 22:30

what color is your garden

late bloomers 
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Last Post: 24/10/2014 at 14:44

along came a spider

i'd run away too 
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Last Post: 23/10/2014 at 16:04

autumn crocus

do you grow them 
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Last Post: 29/08/2014 at 08:27

dahlias dahling

show us your best 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 16:44

whats cooking from the garden

its all good 
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Last Post: 24/08/2014 at 15:00

sunflower seeds

and the pear tree is full of birds cooing and twittering 
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Last Post: 23/08/2014 at 18:14

phlox paniculata

would that they were mine 
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Last Post: 26/08/2014 at 13:26

clematis tie dyed

great blue variegation first of its type 
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Last Post: 16/07/2014 at 17:54

what were they thinking of

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Last Post: 26/06/2014 at 18:18


great thread on underachievers. think we need to balance it. do you have something which has gone gonzo this year after fiddling about forever? 
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Last Post: 06/06/2014 at 16:33

just curious

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Last Post: 04/04/2012 at 20:47

searching for seeds

stuff i want 
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Last Post: 29/02/2012 at 23:53

Talkback: Dieback on Leyland cypress hedges

it looks like improper trimming or it could be spider mites if they are the soft evergreen curse in the uk that thet are in nev. 
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Last Post: 08/05/2012 at 10:26


all through the year 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 20:25
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