Duncan Blackwell

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Quince Dilemma

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 14:52
Dove, don't worry, nobodies perfect

Quince Dilemma

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 13:24

Dove, top bloke

Don't like the look of the picture though, looks a bit tatty.

If I grow the Vranja as a specimen tree, will that help stunt its growth? I actually don't mind it sitting behind the wall.

If it's not raining Sunday, I'll take some pics of the garden layout and you'll see why I'm not too sure about anything

Quince Dilemma

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 13:08

Berghill, Thanks.

I may put the Chaenomeles by the kitchen window after all then

Quince Dilemma

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 12:49

I have ordered 2 quince

1 is a 7ft tall Vranja variety and the other is a 4ft tall Chaenomeles Fire Dance

Now my initial plan was to put the 7ft by the front corner of my shed, my shed is 5ft higher than my patio and the soil is retained with gravel boards. When I first looked online for info on quince, I didn't find anything that said the tree was going to grow to a behemoth size. So I can't plant it by my shed   The 4ft was going in a half whisky barrel by the kitchen door, but now I'm thinking that it should go in the ground where the 7ft was originally destined to go.   So how easy would it be to keep the Fire Dance to a neat bush? Can I risk planting it by the gravel boards without risk of the roots destroying them? There is a 4ft retaining wall where my garden is located, could I plant the Vranja close to this wall, or again would the roots laugh in my face and bring it crashing down?   And why aren't I getting any emails when I get a reply

......the good guys

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 11:54

I have to say www.mailordertrees.co.uk and www.directplants.co.uk are brilliant. Next day delivery and very well packaged.


Both are on ebay

Secure Garden Shed

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 11:46

Like Alan said, If they want in, they get in.

I have a wooden shed which I built from scratch, the hinges are hidden away behind the lapped timber and I used round head bolts attached inside so there is no chance of anyone using a spanner. A good lock is also only as good as the bracket its attached to.


If they are so expensive, it might be worth just buying a cheaper shed and fortifying it and saving lots of cash


plus I think they look like a Tardis toilet

Something to replace connifers

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 11:39

I took out around 10 conifers a couple of years ago, I left the stumps in the ground for 12 months. I was going to plant in between the stumps to hide them, but the mother in law made me dig them out


The good news is however, after they had been dead for so long, they just lifted and snapped really easily, took me less then an hour to remove all of them


You could plants laurels as its a standard replacement for conifers


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 20:58
Patty, originally I would have planted them over a roughly 38ft length. Due to wanting access to the back of my shed, might be around 30ft ish.

Although I'm not limited to the location, after I ballsed up with my Quince tree order, might plant at the front of the shed too but I have got loads of places to plant them.

conflicting answers

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 19:11

Jim, this is where half the argument comes from, I mentioned a couple of years back that the concrete posts were crumbling. He replied with a few choice words and blamed me for it, as I hadn't painted his fence. The panels are the lift out sort, so I told him...... your fence, you paint 'em. You don't decorate my house for me !!!


The fact that painting the fence would not have cured the concrete cancer anyway is irrelevant.

The best is yet to come though, although the back fences are lift out, the fence on the front is 8ft and all in one, on top of his garden wall which is crumbling away. The only way he can do anything to that, which is in desperate need, is from my property. He says when his back fence is done we don't have to have anything to do with each other........SWEET......I don't have to be pleasant and let him onto my property pmsl

Trees too close to the house

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 15:07

I've just had a Quince tree delivered and with it came this handy little guide


Oak                                      30m

Elm                                      30m

Hawthorn                               12m

Ash                                       21m

Sycamore                              17m

Birch                                     10m

Maple                                    20m

Popular                                  35m

Willow                                   40m

Cyprus                                   20m

Rowan                                   11m

Magnolia                                5m

Walnut                                   14m

Laburnum                               9m

Horse Chestnut                       23m

Beech                                    15m

Plane                                     22m


These are maximum distances that have been recorded from damage to pr

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