Latest posts by discodave

Weeds from next door

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 08:33

Not odd at all, councils seem happy to play the double standard card. They can fine you if you breach the by laws but they are less likely to fine themselves when its on their land. Make sure you get plenty of pictures to prove your point. (would be fun if you didnt tell them it was their land until they talk legal actions or fines). Ask your neighbour to come and do your garden. Mine came and cut down my Ivy (by 4 feet) which was over the top of my wall by about 5 inches when I was on holiday with out even asking, I was furious. 

Biten by unknown bugs

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 08:09

I had this problem this year, mine was a mosquito, I saw the blighter. Managed to kill it (revenge). but ended up with a really bad reaction (never get this type of rection abroad). Went to the doctor who says they have had several cases of this. There appears to be a new type with particularly nasty venom (not right I know, but please don't comment). I had to take antibiotics and steroids for 3 months. 

Bush/Tree Identification

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 07:52

I have one of these poped up in my front garden in the past 2 years, its a monster.

It grows like a weed, has hollow bamboo like canes, its huge. The first year it was nice and I trimmed it back, this year its about 15ft high, and out of control. The flowers  die off to produce a berry (with seeds). 


Posted: 22/12/2012 at 07:46

My dad used to prune his buddleja every year almost down to the ground (about a foot) in early November, and it looked amazing every year. I grew my own from seed this year and planted out in september, they are looking good, but will trim one of them down in March, Monty says to 2 leaf buds from the bottom (in case one gets damaged). 

Pruning Lilac

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 07:38

Lilacs flower beautifully after being pruned, the trick is not to let them get too woody

barren fig

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 07:35

When you planted it out what did you do to restrict the root growth.?


Unknown Berries

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 07:27

looks like another one of those packing material or droped decorations to me.


Posted: 22/12/2012 at 07:25

 Mistletoe can be grown by simply squashing a berry onto a host tree, usually an apple tree but you can do this on around 200 species of tree. But be aware that mistletoe is a parasite and can damage or kill the host tree if over colonised.

Walnut Tree, but no walnuts

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 07:15

New walnut trees dont tend to produce fruits for around 6 years, maybe its settling back in after being pruned. Like Dovefromabove says, some feeding may spur this process on. 

Talkback: Garden foxes

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 07:06

I have a fox hole at the bottom of my garden, I have filled it with bricks and rubble several times and they just dig out again. Trouble is, its a large garden and the foxes den burrows under several adjoining gardens, so even if I did manage to block mine, they would just hop over a fence. I once caught a fox eyening up my Giant rabbit who was sitting by my dog, who was watching the foxes every move until they got to close then she chased it off and went back to protect the rabbit. My dog does as she's told so if she does bolt after a fox and I tell her to stop she will stop dead and just voice her opinion at them. Now she will come to me first if theres a fox so I can act before she does and let her know what I want her to do.. OOhh, and no cats either.. 

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