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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Hedge or border

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 10:44

On a similar query recently I suggested that the best option would be yew: good looking, supremely hardy, easy to shape, disease free. Not as slow-growing as people claim - 15-18 inch bushy plants that have been shaped to multiple shoots by a good nursery will quickly put on height. Plant them 2-3 feet back from the edge of the pavement and put a 'temporary' knee-rail fence on the pavement side of them to discourage people from cutting the corner.

Berberis is spiky and a bit of a devil to cut in this situation - you'll need to do it several times a year to keep it from spiking little children on the pavement; lavender is only short-lived and one or two other things mentioned can also get a bit leggy.

Once you've got a good, sound, dog-proof boundary you can do what you like on your side with more informal plants. 

New fence has ruined my garden, please help!

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 10:29


About halfway down the new fence there appears to be a short concrete fencepost on your side. Does that mark an original fenceline? If so the fence seems to be on the neighbour's land. However you should check your deeds before this fence comes to be regarded as an established feature.

The fence looks decidedly dodgy - no sign of any decent posts. Do you know what holds it up?

New Gardener . . . New House . . . What would you plant?

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 10:09

Hi Lakerhater,

Not sure what grows in your area. The only experience I have of USA gardens is some friends in Colorado and looking at gardens in that region - Arizona, New Mexico, Utah. Saw some nice ones in Santa Fe, but I guess the best advice would be to look at what seems to grow well in other people's gardens - ask their advice and make friends! - and plant what you fancy. Don't commit yourself to too much irrigation.


Water feature

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 10:00


I'm amazed at your Council's opinion. What is the perceived health risk and are there particular circumstances to do with your proposed pond? Is this a council-owned house?


Bird feeders causing weeds?

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 09:57

1st photo: male Bullfinch (left), Goldfinch

2nd photo: Goldfinch (left) with a Redpoll behind it, female Bullfinch

3rd photo: male Bullfinch (left), Goldfinch

Best way to tidy areas outside of lawn, stop unwanted growth?

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 09:34


You make it sound as if an awful lot of material is needed. How many square metres are we talking about? A local tree surgeon could probably supply you with bulk quantities of chipped wood.


new years resolution

Posted: 02/01/2013 at 21:09

My resolution - if this year's as bad as last I'm going to retire.

on their way to garden near you!

Posted: 02/01/2013 at 21:06


We had a nice flock of 60 Waxwings here on Christmas Eve. Watched from as close as eight feet. Fantastic birds.


Posted: 02/01/2013 at 20:33

Driving around Somerset in the last few days, I noticed how bad it smelt in various places - presumably rotting crops and other vegetation and stuff left behind by floods. It's painful to think about how people are suffering losses and damge from this weather.

Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 27/12/2012 at 09:56

Many perennial Salvias are an amazing blue

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