philippa smith2

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winter colour plant

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 19:04

You could try one of the yellow Heucheras.  They do best with some shade and keep their growth all year.  If it is in a sunny spot, go for one of the Purple ones.  A few spring flowering bulbs would help too.

Variegated vinca minor (yellow/green leaf) will also stay over winter and will trail down your pot.  Ajuga reptans ( another ground cover/trailer ) will stay all winter and give beautiful blue flower spikes in the Spring.

Lots of choice actually depending on the aspect


Posted: 14/06/2016 at 17:51

Digging it out continuously every time it rears it's head is one method I've used. You won't get every bit out of the ground the first time round (it's taken me over 3 years and I still get the odd bit) but a thick mulch also helps by weakening the growth and cutting of the light. I'm now at the stage where it is relatively easy to dig out the few weakened growths I find.

Like most pernicious weeds, hard work seems the best way to go.

I was unwilling to use any weedkiller as the bindweed was everywhere amongst shrubs and trees. It rather depends on how widespread it is.  Some recommend letting it grow up and painting with weedkiller but I've never found that offers much succes .


Fence Dispute

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 20:40

It does tend to depend on the property as to whether your solicitor can categorically state which boundary belongs to which property.

Easier on modern/new builds but not quite so cut and dried with older properties.

The given used to be that if the nails supporting your fence pointed towards your land, the fence was yours.  However, modern fencing companies don;t always follow this rule so it can be a bit of a sticky issue.

If all else fails, a rule of thumb would be that as you look out onto your garden, the Right hand boundary would "normally" be yours.  I put that in quotes as it doesn't always follow.

Boundaries are a minefield and quite often the Legal Eagles ( aka conveyancers ) often have no more idea than you and I

If you are lucky and your neighbours listen to reason, you should be able to sort it without resorting to further measures.

Can I plant Hostas here?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 20:17

Hostas will do well in sun or shade but they like it damp too.  

Fence Dispute

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 20:14

I think the basic answer is no.

If your neighbours want to construct a fence, they must do it on their own land.  Fixing any structure, or even growing a plant, to your fencing should only be done with your express permission.

If you are absolutely sure that your fence is "yours" and not a shared boundary marking, then I think a quiet word putting your neighbour to rights would be the first move.

There are a couple of threads on here already which discuss fencing/boundaries etc.  You may find something helpful on there.

Be aware though that boundary issues are difficult and expensive if a neighbourly chat doesn't resolve matters to your satisfaction.

Wait a while and see if anyone else comes up with some hard info/advice for you.

Dead head or not

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 17:15

Once a year Michelle

Cell division

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 17:03

A New Allotment - Hints and Tips?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 16:54

I'd second Newboy's advice and just add that you need to ensure you can devote enough time on a regular basis to the inevitable watering, weeding and picking.  

It is surprising how quickly things develop when not right outside your back door..........I offer this comment with some feeling

Can't beat it tho so hope you get cracking and enjoy it

Fig tree

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 16:49

I wouldn't plant it so close to the house.......figs, once given free rein and suitable conditions will grow to a good sized tree.

If you plant it in the garden, you need to retain the roots with some sort of barrier.  Used to be done with bricks but you can do the same with breeze blocks or similar.  They have a real tendency to sucker, particularly when pruned and if you are not careful, you will end up with a little forest below the main tree.

Transplanting "Bee" orchids

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 16:35

The photo is not of a Bee Orchid...........they are very distinctive.

Check out Marsh orchid or Fragrant orchid.  If the leaves have any spots on them, then the Common Spotted orchid.

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