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Never Never Not Ever

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 17:35

Sorry Fairygirl, but Purple Loosestrife was one of the most important flowers of my childhood. It grew along the banks of the small rivers we used to play in and beside, and we pushed our way through stands of it with its the unique scent. It instantly reminds me of those places and all the other plants that grew there, the willows we used to pollard which the ducks nested in. Every year we looked forward to seeing the ducklings having to flutter 15 feet into the stream from the nest. Purple Loosestrife - top plant!

Never Never Not Ever

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 13:25

I agree with everyone who has no time for roses at home.|I love seeing them, but in someone else's garden. Alchemilla mollis is another one I can't be doing with. I've had a couple of gardens that were infested with it (still have one) and despite the best efforts it manages to seed everywhere. The species that are wild natives are super - remind me of a lot of happy plant-hunting in Scotland, Yorkshire Dales, etc. 


Posted: 30/11/2015 at 07:32

The cut material from the pampas grass (suitably anchored) will make an ideal home for the hedgehog.

Reverse Pollarding

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 17:42

Many of the oldest trees in the country are pollards.


Posted: 29/11/2015 at 17:31

Violet, I've just commented on another thread about how hedgehogs like Pampas to hibernate in, so get your men to be very careful and think about somewhere you can transfer the little fellow to if you do find one.

Pampas Grass

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 17:20

I've two gardens where pampas grasses are used by hedgehogs for hibernation, so be very careful as it's too late to wake them now.

Xhose - Expandable hose - any good?

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 14:55

Xhose must be pretty good - it's kept this thread running for two-and-a-half years.

Leaf blower power problems

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 14:52

I reckon the folks above who recommend looking at the fuel system are on the case, especially going right through to the carb.

stormy weather

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 07:05

Check out Harry Hill.

Beech hedging advise

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 17:09

Ritchie, this might not apply in your case, but when deciding the planting line do bear in mind the width of the finished hedge, so that it doesn't grow beyond your boundary and so you've got access to cut it. So many people plant their hedges a foot inside their boundary fence/wall and in no time they're growing out across pavements/public footpaths/neighbours' gardens.

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