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Garden wall problem

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 11:47

Many thanks for all your responses.  Yes, it feels like blackmail to me too. There's an element of bullying when he says with a smile "you don't need to be a part of this if you don't want to - it's entirely up to you". If we don't agree to share the wall then he still builds it but we have to see six foot of breeze block wall.  If we put wooden fencing  to hide it we leave a tiny strip between the two for all sorts of undesirable things to grow.  Either way the footings are right against the boundary, or straddling it, and deep for such a tall brick wall.

Reluctantly I think we have little option but to agree, though OH thinks we should not have to pay for the rendering on our side, as much of the wall will be impossible to reach because of my shrub border.  He think it best that we paint or render as we see fit, in our own good time.

His wife tells me we should consider ourselves very fortunate to be getting such a beautiful edifice, but then these people who profess to love their garden and the birds have systematically stripped out every plant and shrub that was originally there.  Needless to say the birds and butterflies are only there because we have created a wildlife friendly garden.

Hydrangea problem

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 15:05

These look like last year's stems, and as you say they seem to have caugth a bit of frost.

If you follow the stem down towards ground level you should see this year's new growth.  Taking care not to damage it, prune the old woody stems back.  Feed it, and the new growth should take off.  I find mine do not tolerate drought so you may need to offer water when it gets hot and dry, especially if it is in full sun.

Identify please

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 14:59

It will self seed and you'll have it everywhere.  You see it growing out of dry walls.  Each plant has quite a short lifespan 2 to 3 years if you're lucky.  I let it grow and flower in the early summer then cut it back when it gets to leggy and straggly, when new shoots arise from the base.  Enjoy.

Garden wall problem

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 14:54

Sorry - following on from my previous post.  The cost of this section of wall is just over £4000 and he wants us to pay a little over £2000.

I've no idea if that is what it ought to cost (I believe it is around £250 per metre.)

Garden wall problem

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 14:51

Our neighbour wants to enclose his entire garden in a two metre high wall.  The footings will be quite deep and he wants to render it.

He has asked us if we would like to pay half of the £2000 cost for the section that borders our garden, so that our side would also be rendered by the builder.

He says that if we do not we will have to live with a breeze block wall and we will not be allowed to paint it or attach anything to it.  Is he right?

What are our rights if his foundations damage our shrubs which were all planted many years ago in agreement with the previous owners.

At present his garden contains only grass, but our side is bounded by holly, viburnum bodnantense, and other shrubs which are themselves two metres high, without any gaps.

The rest of the garden is bounded by a fence, not visible because of extensive planting.

What do others think about this?

I should be grateful for any comments and advice.

What's this?

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 17:38

It ressembles my viticella - a summer to autumn flowering clematis with small purple flowers.  If it is, it is so vigorous that I cut it right down to about a metre from the ground and it romps away (a mile a minute comes to mind).  It may not be possible to identify it properly until it flowers so I would be a bit careful how low I cut it in the first year.

Good online plant supplier and advice for plants to prevent tresspassing

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 17:27

Lots of choice with rambling roses and many have vicious thorns, and Mahonia has very prickly leaves and beautiful scented yellow flowers in spring (much loved by the birds).  There are some very nice hollies too - I particularly like the hedgehog holly, though hollies are rather slow growing.

Rid my hedge of IVY

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:58

My problem is similar - ivy growing up into a dense holly hedge - lethal to get near so not too easy to pull out, and then the birds drop seed and it pops up all over the place.  I try to use a rake to get under the hedge and pull it nearer enough to grab hold of, and of course pull out all those pesky seedlings that come up.  For me, ivy in the wrong place is similar to brambles - persistant and reluctant to be culled.  I seem to remember somebody mentioning a gel that you could paint onto the leaves that would be taken down to the roots?

In contrast I do have some beautiful ivy clothing a six foot high fence between me and my neighbour.

Perhaps there is a place for both having where appropriate and not having where it's not wanted|?

Survey about gardening and its therapeutic aspects

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 16:28

Would love to see the conclusions of this research.


Big garden bird watch 2017

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 10:55

Poured with rain all day yesterday and hardly a bird to be seen - just the occasional one dashing to the seed or fat balls.  It's pretty overcast today too, but I'll give it a go later on.  As you say it seems not to reflect the reality of bird life.  We now have red kites regularly overflying the garden, loads of sparrows and blackbirds chasing each other on the grass, and yes, we too have blackcaps.  I will try the count today (Monday) but am not optimistic of seeing the vast variety who normally visit.  Part iof the problem is the "hour" as different birds come at different times of day. But where are all the goldfinches?

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