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Can anyone help identity this plant?

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 17:09

When were the pictures taken, Dingo?

New fence has ruined my garden, please help!

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 08:53

I don't think Lauren should have anything to do with the new fence - certainly not trying to support it - this could even be interpreted as criminal damage if the builder is really stroppy.

The solution is to get the council to sort this out.

Lauren, do your deeds say who is the owner of the old fence?


Posted: 04/01/2013 at 17:50


Please don't confuse rats with voles, like Kenneth Grahame did!


I think you're being a bit pessimistic about rat numbers. See if you can find a 'listen again' on the Radio 4 programme 'More or Less' a couple of weeks ago.


Rats' purpose is about as valid as mans'


Posted: 04/01/2013 at 09:41

Rats will take food wherever they can get it, so it's really up to you to decide whether you're OK about them in the garden. If you don't, you can phone the rat-catcher. If you're happy about them at the end of the garden, then keep things clean near the house, so that there's nothing for them there.

You can take away their hiding places, for instance by not storing things untidily. Don't put too much bird food out at once, so there is more chance of the birds finishing it all up without dropping it everywhere. Grains and seeds are among rats' favourite food.

on their way to garden near you!

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 17:16

Yes, all crows are opportunists!

new years resolution

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 16:26


Come on this board when you feel low and we'll share our ups and downs with you and have a smile. The friends who are no longer here to talk to will always be our friends, and we're so lucky to have known them.


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?


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