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Ideas on how Solve a Pet Problem Like this...

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 12:30

Great DD. Best of luck  

Remember - we're all rooting for you  x

Wooden building

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 12:28

Hi nannyski - a lot to deal with there 

First - keep up the contact with the planning dept and always stay polite. That way, they'll be sympathetic to you. 

Secondly - and I don't know your budget or abilities - put a hedge in. Fast growing evergreen shrubs in particular. Or a fence with climbers. Something to block the 'view' and also to distract your eye. Alternatively, planting something taller nearer your house or putting an eye catching specimen in another area helps more than anything. 

Hope that's of some use 

Repotting Bamboo

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 08:17

Have to head out now Emma but will have a think - there are loads!

You'll get plenty of suggestions from anyone dropping in to help too  

Carex Amazon Mist

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 08:04

Carexes like a good bit of moisture too. I've had them without too many problems in containers, but they need plenty of watering.  One that I have in a very small raised bed was looking a bit like yours as it was dry. I trimmed it and watered it and it's improved again.

Repotting Bamboo

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 08:01

Hi Emma - this is the problem with some of the bamboos. Not sure how long you've had them, but if it was a clumping type, I doubt they'd be outgrowing your pots quickly, so I'd be wary of putting them in the ground. People have differing views on barriers - I think your own soil conditions and climate are a big factor - but I'd not consider using anything other than a very solid barrier like paving slabs on their edge to create a 'container' in the ground. I don't think it would be an issue to split them now, but I expect someone will correct me if I'm wrong about that  

We have heavy soil here, which I feel prevents them running in the way they would on lighter soil, but I'd still want them heavily guarded if I ever put them in the ground.


Posted: 23/09/2015 at 07:52

Morning all. Dull and cloudy here today but not too cold.

Hosta and Yvie    Hope you both have a better day today. Difficult for your mum Yvie, but I suppose if they feel she's not ready, it's better than going home, becoming worse  and then having to go back.

GWRS - I would only have the log book in the car for that kind of situation. Perhaps I should keep a gardening magazine or a walking book there for any future emergencies! 

DD- glad things are working out. I'm sure someone will come forward to foster him - he looks so lovely. It must help a little bit to know that so many people want to take him  

Off to have a look round and a catch up before I go to work - hope today brings good things for you all. 

Ideas on how Solve a Pet Problem Like this...

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 19:26

Great news DD. Keeping my fingers crossed for you too  


Good side of the internet isn't it? 

Leylandii any good for wildlife?

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 18:07

I'd echo Sorbus ( the rowans as opposed to the whitebeams) and Amelanchier. The latter can be treated as a shrub or a small tree. Both are great for berries and autumn colour in particular  

Moss growing in pot

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 18:03

Some of my potted bulbs are well covered Tetley. Now that you've mentioned mulch, I'll just tell everyone it's deliberate 

I usually just clear it away when I top up the compost or when it becomes unsightly. It mainly happens with stuff that's put aside after flowering in spring as it's often in a shadier, sheltered spot. Doesn't seem to be a problem, but it's untidy looking more than anything, so you may want to clear it and add gravel or something similar to improve the look and set your rose off nicely  

Who still has bees?

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 17:58

Loads of bees here - on Sedums, Buddleias, wild rocket, Clematis and various other bits and pieces. Not seen as many hoverflies as usual, but perhaps I have fewer plants for them. Or maybe I've just not been in the garden so much this year. 

S*d all butterflies though. Been a bad year for them - too cold and wet. I've seen very few, even on the buddleias  

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