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Mystery digger....

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 21:05

Of course if you are near open countryside......rabbits?  The photo is not really cl;ear enough to see.  I very much doubt digging through concrete - alongside is more likely.

Mystery digger....

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 13:09

If it was moles you'd see the molehills.  Moles love fertile soil that is full of worms and yours does not seem to  fit that description.  Many small rodents burrow underground (mice, shrews etc) and can be very prersistant if you have intruded on their territory.  Toads also burrow into the ground and you do not need to have a pond to have a toad.  We had one who for years lived in the greenhouse, below the soil, and got quite upset each year when I was planting tomatoes into "his" warm soil.  "at the back of the shed! might suggest something that lives under the shed?

Garden wall problem

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 13:01

I am most gratefull for everybody's suggestions and comments.  In the end we have decided to decline his kind offer to part-fund his wall.  We have offered to share the cost of a small section that adjoins the house wall (we are semi-detached) where there is a short section of pre-existing wall.  He has declined this offer and very pointedly said that he will now build the wall on his side of the wire netting boundary line and instruct his builder under no circumstance to render or paint the side facing us. 


Phew.  With neighbours like that I think I am almost grateful that they want to shut themselves away from any contact with humanity.


We are now working on which shrubs we can use to conceal the breezeblock, which will grow to two metres relatively quickly.  I think there is only one very small section that will be very visible so am considering cotoneaster or pyracantha.  I reckon we could do quite a lot with just a fraction of the two and a half thousand we will not be shelling out.


I wonder how he will cope with anything that overhangs his high wall - it would be too much trouble for him to actually climb up to lop anything off!

Garden wall problem

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 13:21

sadly the alternative is impossible.  He intends to enclose his entire garden with this 6'  rendered wall so we are only one long side - he needs (?) the wall to go up both sides of his garden and across the back.  I just hope he enjoys sitting inside his prison wall with his glass of pino grigio,  surveying the very expernsive japanese  maple in an equally expensive pot which appeared this weekend.  I'm sure it will cast most attractive shadows against his walls.


In the meantime I enjoy a rather unruly jasmine and a huge pot of scented pinks, alongside the rest of my old-fashioned, labour intensive garden where grandchildren can still find odd corners to play hide and seek and friends can enjoy a morning coffee with home made cake.  The wisteria against the house wall is a picture, and the roses on the pergola are a picture.


Each to his own and I don't want to feel grumpy any more.  Live and let live.


Hmm. Once he's finished his modernist vision he'll probably put the house   on the market for some exorbitant amount.  We probably need both - his sterile modern version, and my children and family friendly version.

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.

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