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getting on with the neighbours

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 09:23

i have neighbours on both sides who do not bother with their gardens or their boundaries.. one side who dont like spending money where they should.. decided they wanted a taller fence at the bottom of the garden.. so instead of taking out their small 4ft fence and replacing it with the 6ft one.. t hey left the 4ft one in and put the new one 1 ft isnide the boudnary line.. and then telling us we could have the other fence now!!! what a blooming cheek.. they also moan about our fence up the front with is concrete posts and trellis panels (full panels get blowndown every year with high winds.. know from experience and cost) so these work. they are 5ft high and the wind blows through them.. but no they dont like it and want us to change it.. i have said no. 

Now the other side have a 7ft high fence that is only held up by my bay hedge.. they have huge bushes and trees that are unkept pushing it out onto our garden.. i have told them but the do nothing.. their leylandi are tall and take all out light from the house and have aksed for them to be cut down.. still no.. have aksed at council and they will go and check them for hieght and light reduction but will cost me £350 for the priviledge!! so i leave it.

So gardening grandma i can see where they coming from.. but to also be fair i feel that you are entitled to grow what you wish on your boundary walls and in your garden.. you are responsible for making sure they dont get out of hand and effect  your neighbours.. but that still there is no law against what planting on your side you can have and not have..and the only rule on 6ft high is on solid fencing and not green (leylandi an exception thou) i think some of it may be jeaslousy as yours looks better than theirs.. you are doing nothing wrong by planting trees.. thou i maybe try to keep 5ft away form boundaries especially if near the houses as the roots can cause problems for foundations.. they say a trees roots go out 3 times further than the canopy.

to be honest i do not think you have to answer anything to them.. do you go on at them  bout their gardens at all.. no.. you let be and just do yours.. you just plant your shrubs and have your garden how you like.. keep it cut back so it doesnt inproach on theirs and that is all you need to do.

why are my swede and carrots split..

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 11:06

@alina yeah we were thinking might be all the rain causing it.. been so wet.

Weekend weather.

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 11:04

well today it is suny and bright again but much warmer than the last few days.. wind has died down and it feels like summer (hope not jinxed it) will be out in the garden later once i have done house work so hope it lasts as it really does lift your spirits when the sun is out.

July in the garden!!

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 11:02

Yep we are nearing the end of this month and for the next few days (fingers crossed) they are forecasting warm hot weather.. so i hope it lasts for some period of time or the plants will get all confused again.

Must say lot of my plants have flowered and ended already as weather bad.. so hopeing if i cut some downthey will go again..

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 10:59

@lovetogarden.. my hubby is the same.. but put them in with lavender and they look super..

July in the garden!!

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 10:14

lovely lillies Gary.. loving the pics of butterflies..not seen any here for some time to windy at mo.. and rather wet..thou suppose to get warmer for the weekend so be outside doing so trimming and dead heading.. some of my cosmos have been broken in the wind last few days.. so have to go and stake them.. never normally have to with them 

i am so fed up with weather now i really am.. just want to go and sit outside and watch the garden while sipping wine in the evenings.. but no.. it is like winter dark wet and blooming cold of late.. the petals are being blown off before they get chance to open and all being battered over.. somethings still are not really flowering at all yet it is a wash out.

And i see the garden centres have also lost out as they have loads of summer bedding left and going at cheap price.. that is only ray of light.. must get up there and see what bargains i can get.. still got few holes to fill.

July in the garden!!

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 12:31

@leggi thanks for that

@dean.. well look on the bright side you have done most of the hard work now, so next year you can take it easier do some flowers to bring the bees in.. hope to god the weather is better.. thou my daughter keeps going on aobut "told ya.. its all going to end on the 20th december.. that why its so bad" she is rather amusing when she starts.. i just grin and nod and the odd "yeah" when needed..

@little ann.. some good look sspuds there.. think thye have done well this year with all the rain.. root veggies.. just the rest that has been dismal.. tomatos flowering.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 12:24

well.. what a diffrence to day it is blue skies wispy clourds and hot sun today.. which is good as boy is down the beach for end year party today.. would not have been the same in class pretending to be a beach party i dont think.

off out to do some weeding when finished lunch.. tomorrow is supposed to be the same.. fingers crossed.


Posted: 16/07/2012 at 19:41

well.. i have not been able to get and take many pictures and to be honest i have not seen much wildlife about.. no butterflies or many bees of late.. not good.

on a good note thou.. the young seagulls have all fledged (great quite at night and early morning now) and lots of young finches and sparrows in the garden feeding.. had a female sparrowhawk catch one today.. so she going strong still. the young starlings are getting their adult feathers and not so many coming into feed now.. the robins have got 2 young this year and lots of young coal tits and blue tits.

a very miserable lady.

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 19:36

must admit my summer bedding plants are picking up now.. have had 4 days of nice weather.. not today thou gales and heavy rain today... the colour is getting there slowly all shade and damp loving plants are thriving, the woodland garden is the greenest at the moment and helebores and that are blooming again as are the cowslips and polyanthus! 

i also have been doing cuttings and anything that can be done in the potting shed when like this.. did some penstemons, lavender and planted seeds for next spring and some perennials.

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