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Spawn 2014

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 16:41

Toad spawn here in Nottinghamshire today

conflicting answers

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 16:33

Duncan Blackwell I feel your pain (and bubbling annoyance).  It was nice for me to sit and read your thread and know we aren't alone as we have had similar and worse problems with our neighbours since they cut down our boundary hedge one day whilst we were at work.

We live in a mid terrace and both sides have had a vendetta against us since the day we moved in almost 5 years ago, the sad thing is we only bought the house for the garden but over time they have vandalised our property and threatened the OH on our own doorstep!

You are so right, the powers that be do nothing and the situation escalates if you get them involved.

Good luck with your project, I hope it gives you peace in your garden and gives them something to think about. Let us know how it goes, I for one will be watching with interest.


Blairs - now looking up agave to see if I have the right conditions and knowledge

Gunnera Manicata

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 14:44

Hi All

I have recently, after following a link posted here, decided to have a go at making my garden a little more tropical.  I have been trying to re-design our garden over the past few years but don't have a blank canvass and already have some very large native trees which as well as provide us with privacy from houses at the back are a haven for birds and wildlife. (one is a native hawthorne, a bedraggled pine and a large beech tree that have all been here in the garden for over 50 years).

I have been doing some research and fell in love a few years ago with the Gunnera Manicata and as we already have a pond I'm thinking well,,, can I?

Our garden is a mid terrace, 7.5m wide and 35m long and I just wanted to know if any of you have experience of this impressive monster and if so, would it just be too big and imposing for my space or would it give us the privacy in growth from overlooking bedroom windows?

Thank you in advance

I am newbie here

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 14:32

Hi James and welcome.

Lovely photo's and your bamboo is very impressive, there is lots to learn here and everyone is really helpful and friendly.

Happy gardening

Talkback: How to protect plants in winter

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 15:32

I use carefully positioned bamboo canes to make sort of a tent of bubble wrap inside my greenhouse.

I cut one down slightly and found it fit perfectly into the pointy bit of the roof and then I just hang the bubble over it in strips until the whole thing is covered. Then a couple more to wedge into the frame at the bottom of the roof and it works pretty well for me.

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 15:26
obelixx wrote (see)

Flood plains should not be built on - it's asking for trouble


I agree completely, the local authorities have just passed plans to build further houses on flood plains in our village.  The drainage is hardly sufficient for the houses here already let alone 500 more and the flood water has to go somewhere.  For the past 3 years we have been flooded in.

Its raining again and its been relentless all day .

Overgrown Montana Clematis

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 17:39

I bought a Montana last year to cover the side of an ugly concrete, pebble dash garage we have at the bottom of our garden.  After reading this and seeing these pictures I hope mine grows as impressive as these, they are beautiful.

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 10:18

We have snow this morning it isn't settling at the minute but the sky is full of it.

Tropical plants

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 09:30

Hi Cody . I agree with Mike, it is lovely to read a young gardeners posts.


I was looking at this yesterday and found it truly inspirational, not sure if it will help.


blairs wrote (see)

Have a look at Steve's garden - looks similar to what you have and want

And hardy tropicals is a very informative site.
Good luck and let us know how it goes



What would you do

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 16:53

LOL I thought I was being good last weekend when I got the tape measure, the graph paper and the OH to finally measure and properly plan our garden (instead of my usual gun hoe approach

But now I'm of to Plantify and Google Sketchup  big thank you.

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