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Posted: 29/07/2014 at 07:46

Morning all you lovely people 

Re the Games - does your heart good Dove, doesn't it? The podiums were made from  timber from the trees (elm) which had to be taken down during construction. There's a little surprise for the athletes when they go the airport to go back home. They'll get one of Scotland's most iconic emblems to send them off.  Hope the weather holds.

We had a foggy start to the day yesterday - the garden looked autumnal with  spider's webs all bejewelled with water droplets. 

Verd- anything that throws the utility companies out has to be a good thing....

Have a good day everyone. Off to work in a moment or three - don't forget your brollies! 

Neighbour garden issues

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 22:58

Good luck with it. Sometimes it helps just to have a chance to let off steam and see if someone can see the problem with a fresh pair of eyes. Let us know how you get on. Don't give up 

If all else fails - tell 'em you're not paying your council tax till they do something about it!  

Neighbour garden issues

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 22:50

Just keep phoning and emailing the council - everyday if necessary - to politely ask when they're sending someone out to deal with your issues. Give them a reasonable timescale that you're willing to accept - within a month for instance - and make it clear you'll go to the MP or Sunday papers if you don't have some kind of resolution. They don't like that sort of publicity! 

Neighbour garden issues

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 22:26

Hi ellie - you have my sympathy. I'm not sure what you mean by not being 'adopted' by the council so forgive me if I've not understood properly. I'm assuming you both own your houses as the council would surely have to oversee maintenance if they were rented? Even so, the council can intervene if there's an issue which impacts on your environment. The mice are a problem right away so that would be your first query to them. If you're both responsible for the maintenance of the fence, then I'd suggest you take the quotes to the neighbour and politely make it clear they have to pay half of it so would they like to proceed. If they refuse then that's another issue you can raise with the council. Request a visit from an official so that they can get an idea of what you're up against. Councils are often very amenable when a resident approaches them in a reasonable way  

Major privacy issue - Stop me before Leylandii

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 22:12

Just take a few pix from different angles Mck and especially one showing the spot in question, taken from your house and  the areas you might want to sit in.  I'm sure you can do it without raising any suspicions ! 

If questioned, you can always say you're just making a record of 'before and after' pix. We love those on here anyway! 

You might need quite a few groups of nice specimen shrubs to disguise the plot next door. Bringing some attractive planting forward, and having a really strong grouping at eye level in particular, is a good way of focussing attention in to your own garden and distracting you from what's on the other side of the fence, rather than just sticking up a big hedge for instance. It depends what other plans you have though, so get as much info on here and you'll get plenty of help and suggestions. 


Posted: 28/07/2014 at 21:16

Evening all. Not had time to read everything as I've been busy outside after work apart from making dinner. 

doc- so glad you had the weather to enjoy our beautiful countryside. Ballater's a lovely place and close to the Lochnagar hills. I've enjoyed a lot of walking there so understand how you feel about not doing that anymore. Plenty has been said re your mum so I won't add anything. I think you know already how I feel about all that. It's a very difficult situation to deal with. We need a 'big hug' smiley to send to you, but in it's absence I'll send some of these xxx.

Hope you had a good day with mum KEF and haven't eaten too much cake.

Fidget - shame about hog, but at least you helped him. I'd agree with philippa's method of 'expectation management'. It's a wonder anyone has any expectations at all with these b****y utility companies. 

Hope no one has suffered too badly with the flooding and storms today. I'm off to have a quick look round before going to bed. 


Major privacy issue - Stop me before Leylandii

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 20:59

Lighter canopied trees would probably be the best solution, and some which are classed as shrubs would also do the job. I'm assuming your fence/wall is around 2 metres so something like Amelanchier lamarckii (Snowy mespilus) would give you some height  and has an airy feel so doesn't cast too much shade. It's classed as a shrub but you can treat it like a tree by removing lower branches to create a trunk. Nice autumn colour and small white flowers in spring which become berries. The other suggestion I'd make is Eucalyptus - they grow quickly the downside is that  you'd need to keep them pruned as they can make a metre a year once established. It benefits them anyway as you keep the younger foliage which has better colour. They're evergreen too, but they can be less hardy in certain areas.

A group of three of whatever you choose will give the best look too, and if you  have the room, it would be best to bring them forward, away from the boundary which will block the view more quickly without creating too  much shade in your own garden. A few photos from different angles would be handy as without knowing more about your view and the aspect etc it's always a little tricky to make suggestions but hopefully that gives you a start 

Watering dried-out pots

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 22:14

Brilliant Bob! 


Painting terracotta pots

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 21:55

Masonry paint works  the best but there are fewer colours - more than there used to be though and you can get sample pots. I've used ordinary emulsion with a layer of PVA glue on first to seal the terracotta , but it does wear off after a few years with exposure to lots of rain.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 21:51

Great idea BM 

I've got another pot of them in amongst the collection in the middle of the garden just now. They're a lovely colour - and great with whites, so they'll be very pretty with your daisies.

I've got a Phormium 'Cream Wave' in front of the ones in that raised bed, and they work very well with  that too.

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