Duncan Blackwell

Latest posts by Duncan Blackwell

Trees too close to the house

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 11:43
If you live near a new housing site, have a word with the site manager as they have a tree guide to see where and what can be planted near buildings.

Golden Bamboo

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 04:49
I was given some "golden bamboo" about 15 years ago. I planted it at the top of the garden next to some ferns. I'm still waiting to harvest the free canes from it, it's barely 18" tall and the canes are thinner than tooth picks. As it was a present from a long since gone neighbour I never had the genuine name for it.

ordering plants online

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 21:13

very happy


just got 10 orange pyracantha for £8.49 off eBay

conflicting answers

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 20:44

Citizens advice are useless in my area, the police won't get involved unless I give next door a (much needed) good kicking.

I have come up with what I think is quite a good idea. Difficult to explain without pics and I can't figure it out using my phone.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281162610234?_trksid=p2055120.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT this what I'm now looking at for in front of my shed to block off another route into my garden, how easy would it be to keep it to around the 6ft height it comes in??

ordering plants online

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 20:31
I've ordered plants off eBay and never had a problem. I always look for a good feedback rating before I consider buying

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 07:11
Nutcutlet thanks

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 21:37
How long should they take to grow into a decent size? I have 10 which I planted nearly 2 years ago and they seem to be taking forever. They have flowers (if that's what you can call them) on them at the moment but I need to move them to plant a decent hedge (long story)

Help save my ivy!

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 21:18
Might not work, but if you can get hold of some roofing lath, you might be able to hold the ivy back against the wall and screw the lath into the wall to give the ivy some help to reattach.

conflicting answers

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 17:48
I have decided on not erecting a fence/barrier because these idiots would just remove their fence and use mine. So the lovely Pyracantha is the way forward, red and yellow varieties. I tidied up around my shed yesterday while I had chance to get in the garden, filled a black bag full of rubbish from next door.

Soon as they put up their new fence I'll get the mother in law round to help plant them out as she loves gardening and I can just boss her about (if she reads this I'm dead).

Funny that a sniper was mentioned, my son is the TA and has been forward for sniper training.

Birch Tree losing leaves in July

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 08:48
Sue you are a star

I knew I was correct, shame on the garden centre for saying it didn't exist

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Gardening gear

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Apple tree

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Did I do right?

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Hazel hedging

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Help about which plant is best 
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