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What rights do I have or what can I do?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 09:29

Sadly Chris, this kind of behaviour is all too common. The fact that you're standing your ground is seen as a challenge to them. People of all ages don't like that, they don't like change, and the aggression may continue for a while, but keep strong and don't let them grind you down. Creating other nesting and feeding sites is a positive way to proceed. Unfortunately, the apple tree isn't your property, so you may have to 'let that go'. Throwing apples at your home is a different matter though. If you have a community policeman, I'd contact them about the anti social behaviour. Encourage the neighbours to do the same. If you all complain enough, they'll have to address it. There's a serious lack of proper parenting in many areas nowadays. Mine wouldn't have been able to sit down for a week if they'd behaved like that. 


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 09:16

I'd agree with Hosta Catherine. It's the most common reason for frazzled edges. Always more tricky in a pot too because you often don't realise they're short of water until that happens. Most plants get droopy, but Acers look ok until you get the dried ends. Regular, thorough watering ( with a good mulch applied ) throughout the year, especially in long dry spells, will help prevent it. 


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 07:56


Rowans have been covered in berries for a few weeks round here. Autumn arrives in early August anyway for us, but July was hideously cold and wet so it was even earlier. The joys of living and gardening in Scotland 

I'm thinking of removing the tomatoes today. It's not even warm enough during the day never mind at night, so they'll never ripen. Ah well - there's always next year 


fatsia japonica

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 07:38

A soil based compost is better for anything in a pot long term, as it doesn't dry out so readily Lorna. I prefer to mix grit through the compost rather than just gravel at the base, but I use a few bigger pieces of stone or some broken pieces of old pots to prevent soil clogging up the drainage holes. 

I also have mine in part shade - they always do better than in full sun, whether in pots or in the ground. I use a seaweed feed for mine now and again too. 


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 07:29

Morning/evening Pat - like all presenters there are some  likers and some haters! I like him too. What I don't care for these days is the 'over the top' presenting style present in many genres. Too much over emphasis and theatrical pauses. 


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 07:23

Morning Dove - you must have been typing at the same time 

Blackberries won't be ready here for a few weeks so get me some will you? Ta muchly 


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 07:22

Morning doc and all those to come 

Similar weather here. no walking today. I'm waiting for a suitable day this week to do no 100 as I'm a lady of leisure for a few days! 

Now where are those croissants and coffee ..

Lily Bulbs

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 16:29

As Dave says -  just leave the long stems carrying the foliage. This helps to feed the bulb just like narcissus etc. They'll die down over winter and you can lift the dead stalks then. The new stems will then emerge in spring and hopefully - more lovely lilies for summer  

Any idea's as to what this is?

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 13:30

Looks a bit like Japanese anemone?

Looking to start a business and need advice

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 12:42

Hi Nick - can I just say that a good working knowledge of plants in general is vital to do the designing bit. You might have a great design but if you're putting plants in all the wrong places it's a disaster. A lot of the necessary information can be gained from reading and researching so it's worth doing that alongside, or before,  any designing. All design courses will have a plant section anyway so look online for books, and also in libraries or charity shops. Read as much as you can and good luck with it  

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