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Autumn Hanging Baskets

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 11:35

I've just replaced my summer baskets at the front door with deep fuchsia pink hardy cyclamen and silvery white cineraria which picks up the marbling on the cyclamen foliage.   The baskets by the garage doors will be replaced by the fuchisa baskets which have been hanging on teh north side of the house.

These will do well until the first frosts and then I'll plant out the cyclamen to increase my increasing stock in a shletered front bed and take the fuchsias indoors for the winter.  

It's too cold here for winter baskets but I do things like skimmia, euonymous, bronze carex and variegated ivy for the two pots by the front door with some cheery faced violas for extra colour.  I've learned not to try phormiums, pennisetum, heathers, heucheras and so on in pots.   They just die of cold. 

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 16:06

Inecting higher up would protect the wall above the injection point but not help much with the part below and if you have electrical wires and sockets in that part you'll end up with rusty back parts in your sockets.  We did before getting our walls fixed and had to have some replaced.  Another expense to take into account.

Good luck with the solicitor.  It should help clarify your situation.

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 15:31

I agree that your neighbour's gardening activities are causing damage and he should be liable a) to remove the nuisance causing the damage and b) pay for repairs caused by his neglect or wilful damage.

A survey should have identified this problem so if you had one, you may have recourse against the surveyor.

As for damp injections, we've just had our entire house injected again after problems with the road outside led to water finding its way up our walls again.  The garage wall has land raised to about 3' high on one side so they simply injected just above that height to protect the rest of the wall and the bedroom above so it is possible to inject from inside and higher than usual.   However, it is a garage wall so no plastering or decoration needed. 

Gardeners world

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 14:09

Alys on her own programme.  Toby never again.

I've just watched GW from Friday and it was seriously dull and uninspiring and rather a waste of 30 precious minutes which could have been devoted to informative, interesting and inspiring items on plants and gardens - what to grow, how to grow, where to grow.  Ditto propagation.

Can't say I'm too disappointed though as I've been thinking this about GW for months.

What does everyone think

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 09:59

It has been done very neatly and tidily with attention to detail so full marks for that.  However, I really dislike the plasticky looking waterfall and the visible pipe at the side but these can be softened in impact by plants which will hide and soften the edges and one to flop over and hide the pipe.

It should bed in in time and look more natural and I hope your parents are pleased with your efforts.

Camellia - yellow leaves

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 17:04

I'm glad they've responded and are looking healthier.  If they're still looking green I'd wait for spring to do the next sequestered iron treatment but I'd also give them a mulch now of soil improver for ericaceous plants and again next spring. 

Japanese anemone problem

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 16:59

The common name for anemones is wind flower.

Mine are subject to strong prevailing westerly winds most if the year with occasional Siberian blasts from the east.  My Japanese anemones do just fine in moist, fertile, alkaline loam on the north side of the house but only the pink ones will grow there.  I have another clump of pink ones doing very well further up in a better drained site with more sun and shelter form the worst of the westerlies.  I'm having one last go at growing the white form in a spot with drainage, sun and shellter from easterlies.

spare room

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 14:30

No.  Household rates cover refuse collection.  Water and sewerage are separate.  Medical care - except dentistry - is free at point of delivery except for prescriptions and that depends on your status - or so I understand it after not living there for a while.

In Belgium we also pay every time we visit a doctor but it's refunded wholly or in part by the Mutuelle insurance depending on problem and patient status - which concentrates the mind about not bothering GPS for colds and other minor ailments that can bet treated with advice from the pharmacy or even common sense.

Some prescriptions, eg cancer drugs, are refunded 100%.  Others such as contraceptives are not funded at all.  Children's meds are funded differently too.  Medicines can only be bought from a pharmacy, unlike in the UK where you can get some at the supermarket or off the shelf in a drugstore.    I like the Belgian system.  It's rapid, efficient, effective and hard to abuse.

spare room

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 12:23

Every household in Belgium has a water metre so you pay for what you consume which seems fair to me.   There are also rules about water companies and maintenance and maximum percentages of leakages allowed.   Most UK companies would be in breach and having to pay fines and effect repairs whose costs may not be passed on to the consumer.

Like WW, I prefer to nurture my new plants rather than lose them.  There are better ways to save water - shorter showers, not leaving the tap on when brushing teeth, using a dishwasher rather than washing by hand etc. 

bindweed

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 12:16

It will have lots of roots, not just one so, as Dove says, spray regularly with glyphosate and this will eventually kill off all the roots too.  If you can't spray, the alternative is to pull off all visible top growth and check every few days for new shoots reappearing.  Remove these by hand or use a spot gel or paint on treatment of glyphosate on the leaves and eventually the roots will die from lack of food form above.  

Either way it's a slow process and requires patience.

Digging is another option but no matter how painstaking you are, little bits of root will be missed and will grow into new plants and you'll have to remove every visible bit form the roots of plants you want to keep as well as the soil in between.  

I'm going through this process myself after surgeries which have meant I've been unable to look after the garden for nearly 2 years so bindweed, couch grass, nettles, creeping buttercup and thistles have been enjoying themselves.   

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