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Posted: 20/09/2016 at 16:34

Do they do things in their garden  Sit, play, garden?

I take it you have tried friendly answers to explain that your shrubs and trees are perfectly legal, perfectly reasonable and destined to stay?  

What is the boundary between you?  A fence, a wall?   

Do your deeds have any covenants about boundaries, hedges, shrubs and trees?  

If not, the easy answer may be to erect a standard 1.8m high fence using larch panels or trellis just inside the line on your side so you get your privacy and they can't complain about exceeding accepted rules about boundaries.

What shape

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 16:05

I use the builders' mesh for trellis and screening.  The finer grade meshed sheets and bars are easy to bend around a path or just keep straight and very strong as long as the support posts are well installed.  I have it for supporting pumpkins to get them up in the sun, clematis and climbing roses plus blackberries and loganberries.

Fuschias .

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 14:58

I leave mine whole and put them in an unheated greenhouse and leave them to hibernate. The upper stems will take any frosts and protect the crown. In late winter/early spring when it isn't frosty, dunk the pot in a bucket of water till no further air bubbles appear and then allow to drain completely.   Keep just moist till things warm up and shoots appear.  Cut back to these shoots and feed. Re-pot of necessary but add some fresh compost anyway.

I have also over-wintered some indoors on a cool windowsill and these I treated as houseplants with a bit of watering and no feeding till spring.   They then get potted into fresh compost and put outside once the frosts are past.


Posted: 20/09/2016 at 14:52

It's easy enough to erect a few wooden fence posts inside that wall and either string along tensioned wires or screw on trellis panels that will support climbers such as roses, clematis, honeysuckle and maybe some wall shrubs such as pyracantha.

It all depends on your budget, your skills, the time you have available for installing and maintaining such a feature and its plants and how quickly you want it to function.

Be sure to discuss with the neighbours first so they understand your motives and you don't start any warfare.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 13:12

Have you tried e-bay?  This site/blogger found some there - http://www.hyacinthvases.org.uk/ 

North Facing Wall

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 12:43

My north facing wall gets sun before 9am and after 3 pm between the March and September equinoxes which is when a rose will need it.  I had Guinée and New Dawn growing perfectly well till cut down by a freak -32C frost.  Since then I've planted a smaller Falstaff with a thick mulch of bark to protect the roots and we haven't been so cold.  It seems happy enough.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 12:26

Mine is not smart either Dove.  I do not ever want to manage PCs and web searches on a teeny weeny screen and don't need any apps.    Just need it to be a phone for contact if I'm late or Possum or OH are meeting me somewhere.   I've only done texting since I got this one with a screen keyboard.  Life is too short to tap a key 4 times to get an S!

Not scarifying this lawn before we go and the new one won't be fit to scarify for ages.  I suspect it will all need strimming before we can go anywhere near it even with a mower.  Maybe OH should learn to scythe.  It will certainly be quieter!

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 12:05

Well done Clari.   I switched form tea to mint tea about 30 years ago and never missed it but then I was drinking black coffee at the office in the mornings and water all day.   Can you have an occasional coffee or is it the caffeine and tannins you're giving up?   Take a magnesium supplement for the cramps - if you can with your IBS.

Don't you have to try hard to break an axle?

Mobile phones - generally an abomination but sometimes handy.  Mine, for reasons best known to itself, has suddenly switched to a QWERTZ keyboard and German predictive text.   How did that happen?

Help with this hydrangea

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 11:40

Yes Papi Joe.  It's a ruin in our new garden.  Moving at the end of next week.

Help with this hydrangea

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 10:39

I agree - patience and no pruning as this kind flowers on last year's wood.  Just pinch off the dead flower heads next spring when they'll have done their job of protecting the new flower buds from the frosts.   As yours gets bigger it will need some space and some judicious pruning to maintain shape and vigour but that's just a case of removing any dead or broken stems and maybe thinning one a few each year to promote fresh growth and vigour.

The picture below shows plants like yours which are tucked right up against a north facing wall and have not been pruned or fed for 3 years and are covered in flowers.   

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