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Leylandii hedges

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 09:01

If the main trunks are in the neighbour's garden you are entitled to cut right back to the boundary and you are required to offer the cut branches to the owner.  Allowing the branches to remain over 1.5 metres will look distinctly odd and realistically it is a case of cutting back the whole height or nothing.  It will look dead and unsightly on your side, though the neighbour's side should continue to grow as normal.  

Do try to discuss the matter with your neighbour before going ahead as war could break out.  Invite them in for a coffee and to see the problem from your side.  Have alternative solutions to offer (eg. Sharing the cost of a new hedge)

These trees are a nightmare.  There is legislation in force but it is pretty expensive to lodge a complaint with the council.  Best all round to try to come to an amicable agreement.  Good luck.

clearing borders

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 08:05

Lucky you.  Plants make their food through their leaves so I would just cut back any dead material when the weather warms up.  Old foliage provides some protection when temperatures drop so don't be in too much of a hurry.

Tell me is the weather good enough to be thinking of doing such work down your way?  My garden is under an inch of frozen snow!

late tulips

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 07:53

When I grew tulips I always bought them early when there was lots of choice and they were in peak condition then stored them at home for planting up around Christmas time.  I have a clay soil and tulips can suffer if they are in it for too long over a cold wet winter.  I graduated to planting them in large pots of gritty compost which I kept on the patio until about to flower when I dug them in ( pots and all) where I needed a blast of colour.   Problem with planting them directly in the garden is that without ideal conditions they gradually rot off and you find only one or two sad blooms many years later.   Finally decided that wallflowers give me the colour and scent I love without the hassle so haven't bought tulips for years.  Lidl is selling bulbs growing in pots quite cheaply at the moment so you could use those as a stop gap.  Give them some protection until they get used to the awful weather though.  Good luck.

Winter project

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 17:39

Well when I cut and paste the link onto here it works perfectly then I press "submit reply" and the text appears minus the link.      

Tell me Edd, how many fairies live in your garden?

Just bought house with 2 acre woodland garden - Help!!!

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 13:11

Most of us would agree that doing the minimum possible in the first year until you know exactly what you have is the best plan.  I would be tempted to take semi hardwood cuttings of all the shrubs and rhodies you like (use all those free pots and the cold frame) as you may want to cut back the jungle and it would be a shame to lose any varieties.  You could also pot up everything that appears where you know you don't want it (e.g. where you intend to put up a greenhouse).  It would be easy to get discouraged so don't overdo things.  Good luck. 

Winter project

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 12:37

Ohhhh !!!!!!  Not there again.  Can anyone tell me how to get a link into the text?

Winter project

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 12:31

How could any fairies in the neighbourhood fail to move into your garden Edd when you make them so clearly welcome.  It's just perfect.

Manuka honey

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 20:10

Manuka honey results from the bees using the New Zealand Manuka shrub as their primary food source.  Also known a the Tea Tree you may be more familiar with the essential oil which is a natural antiseptic.  The nectar gives the honey a distinctive mild antiseptic smell.  In New Zealand batches can be tested and given a rating for UMF or unique Manuka factor.  The higher the number the more antiseptic the honey.  The high factor honey is used in dressings for wounds and has been scientifically proven to be effective.  I have never read any scientific research that proved that eating the high factor product (or using it as an external beauty cream) has any health benefits but the gullible pay vast amounts for jars purporting to have a high "Manuka" factor.  I have read that in the U.K. alone more Manuka honey is sold than is produced in New Zealand.  When you add in the huge amounts sold in the U.S.A., Europe, China etc. there is clearly a lot of fraud going on.   I can't help wondering whether mixing the tea tree oil into any pure honey might be effective, come to think of it perhaps that is what is going on!   

The least expensive brand I have seen on sale here is in Aldi.  It is labelled with a much lower UMF than the medical grade but tastes OK.

I hope this info is of use.  

Winter project

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 10:24


I reckon I am going to take your 4 year old's word for it regarding the taste comparison between worms and slugs.

One question does occur to me though.......if they taste alike how come the New Zealand flatworms which arrived uninvited ate all the lovely earthworms and left the horrid slugs?

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