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Posted: 02/08/2016 at 10:59

They live their lives Sunflower - with no regard to you or I, just like most of the natural world.  There are millions of varieties of insects out there just getting on with things.  


Posted: 02/08/2016 at 10:55

Sunflower, the little red lumps on the sycamore leaves are the results of the tiny Sycamore gall mite laying their eggs there - nothing to do with mosquitoes and absolutely no threat to you at all.  Just part of Nature's wonderful world. 

Overhanging neighbours trees

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 10:42
Wayside says:

That sounds great Dove, how big are stump grinders?  And how much stump do they grind away?

 There are different types, varying from ones that fit onto the back of a tractor to others the size of a petrol mower - our chaps used this latter type as we have limited access.  The whole of the bole and all of the large roots within 18" of the surface have been ground away. The tree grew on a slight bank so they didn't really have to dig too much soil away to get at the roots 

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Posted: 02/08/2016 at 08:37

We had a whizz-bang Dyson Animal Clari - I grew to hate the thing -  one day it actually made me cry, and I'm not the crying type - we replaced it with an £80 Panasonic upright like I used to have - it does a much better job.  

I gave the Dyson to Wonky - initially she and her Lovely Hub were impressed by it's design etc - then they grew to hate it too - they've just replaced it with a Henry and are very happy with him .......... so many people I know have given up on their Dysons and gone back to something that is less stylish and technological but does the job properly.  

Overhanging neighbours trees

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 08:30
aym280 says:

My friend up the road negotiated with the tree surgeon and sold the trunks to him and got away with £200 for her confiers! 

Oh, that's really dear, Dove! 

See original post

 Conifers are relatively easy to fell - most have one straight trunk and no large limbs and the stumps and roots are usually left to rot in the ground.

A large deciduous tree with a lot of limbs/boughs overhanging two other neighbours' gardens and buildings is a different matter entirely.  

The price we paid was very reasonable for the job which took all day and was done professionally by a team of trained men and was fully covered by insurance.- all was cleared away and the large bole and roots were also ground away leaving us with immediately usable garden space.  


Posted: 02/08/2016 at 07:15

Good morning all 

Damp here today too Clari - so no more bench and shed painting for a while - I may have to just sit on the sofa and knit ................... or pop up to the GC with you ................. there must be something I need ...............


Posted: 02/08/2016 at 07:08

Sunflower - mosquitoes and gnats need standing water to breed in, so check your garden for things containing water - pots, buckets, pot saucers, uncovered water butts, even yoghurt pots, the tiniest amount of water will do - tip it out and cut down on their breeding opportunities. 

Last edited: 02 August 2016 07:09:04

Overhanging neighbours trees

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 07:03

If you want an idea of cost involved, here in Norfolk we've recently paid £500 to have a mature ash felled in our garden

Help with identity of mystery plant please

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 21:03

Yes, Limonium latifolium - I grew up calling it Sea Lavender - it does dry beautifully 

Cut it and hang it upside down when the flowers are newly opened.  


Posted: 01/08/2016 at 20:27

The garden bench is finished. This is our new sunny corner where the poorly ash tree was felled in November 

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