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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

TPO and mature Sycamore - to buy or not to buy

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 17:01

Investigate who applied for the TPO. It might have been the builder, in order to get planning permission, in which case you are up against it, or one of the neighbours - possibly across the road - so that it would mask the new houses.

TPOs can be overturned, but you have to make a calm and considered case. In another 20 years this thing could be in through the bedroom window, you'd have to have the lights on all day, and the garden would be wholly devoted to one plant.

You must try to get this Order quashed, as the house will be increasingly difficult to resell.

I'm not a great fan of buying unseen off plan.

what is this tree?

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 14:25

Still puzzling. If you have an i-phone, you can get plant ID apps such as Leafsnap.

what is this tree?

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 20:02

That's very helpful, Bev; I'll have a think in a while and I'm sure others will, too.


Nightmare Garden To Design Around - Help Needed

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 16:50

I'd start by keeping the hens on the bank.

Feeding Birds / Protecting your plants

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 16:47

I have seen several small birds that have got tangled up in soft netting and died hanging there by their feet, so I would always recommend rigid cages made of chicken wire over a frame.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 16:40

There's a clear division between those who think it's OK to use peat and those who think it environmentally unsound.

what is this tree?

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 16:10

Is it some sort of Euonymus? Close-up view of a leaf  and some bark might help. Is this a recent photo?

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 17:55

What's it made of, moorey?

small bird watch

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 19:53

The cold seems to have got the birds back into the garden. I stood about three feet away from the feeder this afternoon as nine long-tailed tits helped themselves.

Planting for a Philosophy Garden

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 18:06

If your philosophers are into Nietzsche you could leave the garden empty.

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