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walnut tree

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 00:58

Also just a quick note for future reference. The high hedge and right to light act supersede the TPO's the neighbor would have to affect their light or their view has become worse. (Which will be hard if you’re just improved both of these by cutting down the laylandi)

walnut tree

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 00:51

I have what I think is some good news to you. The Right to light act only applies to hedges or two or more trees planted together. Since you only have one tree they cant cite this act. I have recently been looking at UK property and this came up a couple of times. Seems odd to think that you have just cut down a the hedges and now he starts to winge.

I think if it was me I would just tell him feel free for the nuts that fall in his garden.

one odd plant that does not apply to the high hedge act is bamboo. Just a fact of the day.

Don't let the neighbors bully. Hope you enjoy your tree

Grass in Rose bed

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 19:48

Humm, yes lots to think about. I have also been looking online with some suggestion at putting layers of newspaper down (not sure that will look so hot) I guess I will have to re asses it in a few weeks once i can start getting back out there. And also see quite how much grass i am going to have to tackle. Thanks for the suggestions

URGENT orchid suddenly lost all leaves

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 16:37

I would hold back on the fertiliser and instead try applying some type of systemic disease control. Can you tell if the bud is a flower bud or a keiki ? How long have you had this plant ? if only a short time you never know what the shop/previous owner done the the plant previous to you getting it.

URGENT orchid suddenly lost all leaves

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 16:15

Does it still have a flowering spike? It could send out keikis. I tend to see orchids do amazing things but for it to recover will take a long time. But its possible. Do you have many other orchids ?


Grass in Rose bed

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 16:13

PROBLEM: I have just created a new rose bed, I tilled the soil and thought I had removed all the grass turf that was previously growing there but I have not and have now planted out 100+ roses in one bed and the grass is starting to grow back around them all. IS it possible do you think to get a weed killer/ grass killer product and spray the grass in the bed. Obviously with some type of funnel on the end so that I do not get drift spray onto the roses, or is that a really bad idea? Any suggestion ? Many Thanks

Thuja occidentalis 'Brabant'

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 18:21

I also fell its a bad idea especially since I have the pile of stakes which I bought specially for this project also still laying on the ground. I think im going to have to have words with him tomorrow as It just seems stupid to plant them wrong. very annoying.

Thuja occidentalis 'Brabant'

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 17:09

Today I had some very large Thuja arrive 5 meter trees. And have a local contractor who I was using the plant them as they were so large. I am located in the north of france and dont speak very good french. I tried explaning that the holes were too deep but he insisted that they would be fine.

My partner does speak french but does not like to get involved in the garden (apart from looking at it)

My query is does it matter if they were planted rather deep will that kill them or will they just start to shoot new roots etc. They were probibly planted just over 1 foot deeper than the original root ball.

Any advice would be great as I have another few to plant next week and wont let him get away with it again if they are going to die.

the plants are not everyones choice but i need something Big green and fast to screen off some old sheds.


Many Thanks


I want a flower meadow

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 19:50

Humm interesting points. When I look at the pictures of the cornfield flowers I do like that. I want as Nutcutlet said really bright flowers so I guess that’s why I’m off the grass. If it dies back to bare earth in the winter I’m not too worried as I can just avoid that area of the garden until it greens up again.


I guess I don’t like the native look for the flower meadow. I want it more flower power OTT.

I guess I need to figure out what I need to do in terms of sowing as even from the two comments here so far opinions vary. Should I make a sowing now of the perennials and then over sow in spring with the annuals for that years flower? I don’t want it to get away and look like a hay field with too much grass in it.


Regards to expense what are your opinions on growing a smaller area this year and harvesting the seeds to make it larger would that work?

I want a flower meadow

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 17:54

So another one of my projects that I would love to get underway soon is a flower meadow. But I have no idea where to start.

I have seen many pre mixed seeds but they are either not the look I want or 80% grass seed. I am not trying to recreate a natural planting of a wild meadow. I want an area of the garden ( well maybe more than just an area) 4-5 acres to eventually be established flower meadow.

I feel I should be sewing some seeds now, as I do want it to be flowering ready for next June. I think I should do some sewing Now and again in early spring. Is that right?


Also since the seed mixes I have found are really not the right look I want I have turned to the idea of buying the seed direct and creating my own mix. But then I’m not sure which seeds need to be planted out now and which in spring. I am looking at buying through

 Any other suggestions on what I should do. If it costs too much to establish all the area in year one. Another thought was to sew 1 acre and then collect the seed and sew the other 4 acres next year. Would that work or am I just too penny pinching?

Also any suggestions on what flowers to add into the mix for bright flowers for next summer? I think I should take a mix of peoples colourful suggestion and just sew that?

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