philippa smith2

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How ruthless???

Posted: Today at 18:35

It'll be something to do with the Equinox Verdun - suddenly feeling that stuff has to be "sorted" despite having been perfectly happy with things a few days earlier  I'll own up to a bit of that too

September flowers and wildlife

Posted: Today at 18:31

Every garden should surely have at least one "sinister" plant - that Lilly does it for me - I'm tempted to look for that one

September flowers and wildlife

Posted: Today at 16:52

What lovely pics Jacqueline 

Succulent plant

Posted: Today at 09:20

Looks similar to my Epiphyllum  ( Orchid cactus ) seedlings.

what is name of plant and how to care for it

Posted: Yesterday at 15:59

If you save some of the seeds to sow for next year, you may well find you will get some variegated leaves on the new plants..  Flowers will be the same.


Posted: 22/09/2016 at 17:55

Thanks again for all your advice - I do appreciate it.

However nice and amenable you try to be, if someone is unwilling to listen or look at something from someone else's point of view, you are in effect a bit b***ered.  

Whilst I am steering clear of "that" side of my garden at present, my Yucca ( transported from France) has thrown up a flower spike after 4 years which is wonderful.  The Grass Snake has reappeared after several months absence and is happily ensconced ( with a large slug for company ! ) in his shelter against my south stone wall.

My neighbours continue to bitch and snipe but the noise from the Starlings feasting on my Figs can sometimes drown them out. Plus, oddly enough, I have become very deaf in one ear. 

The next hurdle will be when I come to replace my fence which wasn't too hot on my arrival 4 years ago - neighbour would prefer me not to do it as it reduces their view.  

Just for a bit of light relief, I looked at the Right of Way thread today........maybe my problem is not that bad after all 


Posted: 20/09/2016 at 16:16

Many thanks for your responses and advice/info.

I've spent more time than is good for me checking out everything I can find and I think I'm going to have to accept that my neighbours will not be satisfied until I have stripped every living thing along that side of my garden.

As that is not going to happen and , like you, I can't see that I have "a hedge" nor that I am responsible for breaking any law ( or even being unreasonable), I'll just have to put up with the abusive comments about " spoiling their enjoyment of their garden".

Thanks again. 



Posted: 19/09/2016 at 00:26

Thank you Verdun and Hostafan - I am very grateful for your replies.

To be honest, this problem is driving me mad - my neighbour doesn't like the trees and shrubs  which have been in situ for ....pooh.......I don't know but got to be 30 years.  I've only been here for 4 years and I am getting all the flack despite having done the best I can with the boundary.

there is always 2 sides to a story I know but my neighbours ground is higher than mine and they have quite explicity said that they want an open view . ie over my garden.  I can understand that in a way but I think I am also entitled to some privacy.

thanks anyway . looks like I need to battle on.



Posted: 18/09/2016 at 22:50

That would be my interpretation Joyce.

Unfortunately I am not sure that is always the "legal" interpretation.  

Is a Hedge defined differently as per the local council ?  

Can one Council specifically say what constitutes a "Hedge" and another Council disagree ?

It's not an idle question - I do have an ongoing dispute which I would like to rectify.I'm happy to comply with the law if I could just find out exactly what the law is.

Any other comments would be appreciated

I have an unidentified climber!!

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 21:41

Check out Aurijia serificera - ( Cruel plant ).  I think you will find that is what your plant is

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What constitutes a Hedge which is limited to 2 mts in height. ?  
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Anyone successfully growing this ? 
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What camera set up ? 
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Growing a Chicken

Just trying it out 
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Best present this year !!

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1st Slow Worm of 2016 ? 
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Edgeworthia chrysantha ( paperbush )

Anyone growing this ? 
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Maggie Thatcher's handbags !!

Up for grabs if you are rich enough. 
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Free tickets to London Zoo/Whipsnade Park

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