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Posted: 10/03/2014 at 07:56

Jools - it makes you wonder who's the mug nowadays doesn't it? When you try to do it the right way, you're the one who gets the grief.

Trespass isn't a criminal offence jeannie - it's only if there's damage, and frankly the police don't give a toss anyway.  It's a bleeping joke. I had the same attitude when I politely asked people not to let their children run through my garden. Some of the replies were 'well you've got that bit fenced off so...', 'it's only grass',  'this is a family area, why did you move here?', it's not like he's picking your flowers' and 'what is your problem?' - that one was in a Vicky Pollard style complete with the shoulder movement ... It was the manner in which it was said that was the real issue. No respect for anyone or anyone's property.  An older woman said to me one day - 'they think when they buy a house they've bought the  whole street'. 


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 22:04

David - it's safe now -  I've thrown a bucket of water over this lot 

This is all too much for a delicate lady like me....

I'm off to sleep that is.... so behave yourselves...

Night all. 


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 21:55

It beggars belief sometimes doesn't it jools? I don't understand what goes through people's heads nowadays. How ludicrous that you did everything right with planning etc yet you were taken to court. I had to put a fence round my boundary to stop  children constantly running through it. They'd been doing for years apparently according to a neighbour. Damaged a nice little cherry tree and other planting as well. I used to live a few hundred yards away for over 15 years and, after splitting up with my partner, I thought it would be nice to move back here. Biggest mistake I've ever made. I'll be moving once my youngest daughter finishes school in a couple of years. 

And that's why I've chosen Blackthorn as the hedge - incredibly jaggy 


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 21:36

That'll  larn 'em Dove! 

Help- How to cut down plant

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 21:35

Looks like it to me Kelly although I can't get the pic to enlarge very well. They're normally grown as a specimen plant in the middle of lawns or large borders.They do get pretty big, and the flower spikes are the same height again,so you might be better trying to get it out and planting something more friendly instead. It looks as if it's not in a great position - is it on a path?The foliage has very sharp edges so wear stout gloves when you work with it.  


If you google Cortaderia pumila you'll get the idea of what they're like.


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 21:20


and put that torch down....


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 21:17

nut and fidget 

I'm shocked....


Choosing a clematis

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 21:14


I aim to please! 

Choosing a clematis

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 20:59

MrsG- look at some of the specialist growers online (Taylors is a great one) and narrow it down to the ones which will suit your aspect and the size of your arch/pergola and time of year you want it to flower. Then take some time to decide what you really, really like in colour and shape, because -  you'll learn how to prune and care for it if it's something you love 

And then you'll be hooked and you'll want another one for the other side....


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 20:46

Take time to prepare the area well jools. It will pay dividends. I had to remove turf round the boundary and put a fence in, and I then used plenty of decent compost and manure which was left to rot down over the summer before planting my bare root hedging (Blackthorn) in November. I added extra compost and a little Blood, Fish and Bone when I put the whips  in. 

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