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Posted: 20/08/2015 at 09:47

Our cousins in Tasmania always said that we spend too long working in the UK and not enough time playing -  until we explained that we only work so hard in order to pay our fuel bills in the winter!!!

merged front yard

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 09:44

I think that some of these tv programmes about awful neighbours cause more trouble than exists already.  It just makes people anxious and then instead of people treating each other normally a fear and anxiety gets between them and stops them having a proper relationship.

I've always found the Polish people I've worked with or lived near to be very reasonable and friendly family-oriented people - they can't be blamed if they're used to a less formal lifestyle than some of us - just have a pleasant word with them.   I've also found most of them to be very good cooks - enjoying swapping recipes and baking cakes for colleagues and neighbours. 

Do they know that the slamming of the door upsets you?  Perhaps the door sticks and they need to get their landlord to fix it.

Smile at them and say hello - it's a start to a good neighbourly relationship - and then hopefully you can be friends - good neighbours are worth their weight in gold

ID if possible please!

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 09:37

Sword shape leaves make me think of a bulb or corm - like a mini gladioli.

What is this?

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 09:34

Good luck with the house move


Posted: 20/08/2015 at 09:33

Good morning KEF


Posted: 20/08/2015 at 09:32

It's funny thinking of you having short summers Pat - we grew up thinking it was summer all year round in Australia  

We didn't use pumpkins for Hallowe'en when we were children - we used hollowed out mangolds or sugar beet and did apple bobbing - but it was a pretty low key affair as Guy Fawkes Night a few days later was the Big Event. 

That reminds me of an 'overheard' in our office before I retired - I heard someone bemoaning that

'its a shame that Hallowe'en is so close to Guy Fawkes Night this year' 


What is this?

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 08:08

To clarify:

Himalayan Balsam is not 'notifiable' and is classified as a 'naturalised non-native plant' but invasive.

The legal position is found here

In summary it says:

Prevent the spread of invasive, non-native plants

You must not plant in the wild or cause certain invasive and non-native plants to grow in the wild. This can include moving contaminated soil or plant cuttings. If you do, you can be fined or sent to prison for up to 2 years.

The most commonly found invasive, non-native plants include:

  • Japanese knotweed
  • giant hogweed
  • Himalayan balsam
  • Rhododendron ponticum
  • New Zealand pigmyweed (this is banned from sale)

You’re not legally obliged to remove these plants or to control them. However, if you allow Japanese knotweed to grow onto other people’s property you could be prosecuted for causing a private nuisance."



Himalayan balsam is an annual and whilst it is certainly causing real problems on riverbanks it is not going to prevent you from selling your house.  I think Iced Herb is getting it confused with Japanese Knotweed.

Hope that helps

Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 07:39

I've been thinking about guelder rose and hawthorn   If we took out the poorly ash and ground out the stump, we could move the compost bins and possibly The Shedlet to behind next door's garage and plant two or three along the back fence - that would have the added benefit of improving the view from the house as well.  

Then by the time the bigger ash tree eventually succumbs (if it does - fingers are crossed) then at least we'll have some trees in the garden if we have to lose that one too.

Shall have to talk to OH - he loves the ash trees and the insect life they attract, especially the moths and cockchafers. 


Posted: 20/08/2015 at 07:17

Good morning Verdun

It was lovely first thing when I got up, I wandered around the garden in my jimjams looking at my planting from yesterday and admiring dahlia Star Child and my Yellow Honka (gift from Wonky).  Now you've sent the rain up here and I've had to come indoors ...

Orange and White fuschias

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 07:14

There are so many different fuchsias it'll be impossible for us to make a positive ID

I suggest that you contact RHS Wisley and describe the fuchsias and where you saw them - they should be able to help you

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