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Posted: 09/05/2017 at 16:09

Okay, in my experience privet is a really tough old plant and can take quite a lot of abuse and still bounce back, with a bit of tlc. If it were mine I'd give it a really good soaking and a good feed and hope for the best. I don't think I'd cut it just yet as there may be birds nesting. There does appear to be some new growth amongst the brown bits and maybe it will recover. I may be chatting bubbles here but if I am someone with a better idea will, I'm sure, be along to help you. Good luck with it.


Posted: 09/05/2017 at 14:39

Presumably you only share this part of the boundary with one neighbour. Have you asked them what, if anything, they've done? If it were my hedge I'd be livid!


Posted: 09/05/2017 at 14:13

Maybe this is a daft question but who actually owns the hedge?

Creeping weed identification help

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 17:12

As Lyn says, they are quite rampant and and will fill a space quickly. They do have a quite attractive flower but not the scent of the annual sweet peas. However, be careful that you want them long term. When we moved into this house, twenty years ago, there were a couple of places where they were growing. I was told that they would spread exponentially and that, unless I was keen on that, to get rid. I dug them all out, or so I thought. The following year, there they were again. I pulled them up as they were appearing and they never got to the stage of flowering, let alone setting seed. To this day they come back every year, despite not been allowed to flower, ever, since 1997. I have managed to eradicate ground elder but not perennial sweet peas. 

Penalties for being Disabled.

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 18:06

I'm not sure what you mean by "penalties for being disabled" Mike. I'm "disabled", although I don't like to think of it as that, however, I've never felt penalised for being so. I have an incurable health condition with the only treatment being management of the symptoms and significant lifestyle change. The NHS have given me excellent support and I've never felt that I've been penalised or treated unfairly by any government agency or organisation operating on behalf of the government. I understand that everyone's circumstances are different but I, and everyone else, can only comment on their own.

Children & Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Firethorn etc

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 08:12

Garden safety is all about managing the risks. Our two kids were brought up in a garden with hawthorn hedging, a pond, stone steps, stone walls, foxgloves, aconitum and a whole host of other potentially nasty elements. They spent most of their early childhood happily playing in the garden without any mishap, aside from the compulsory bumps, bruises and scrapes that are a part of a normal childhood. However, they were supervised and taught which are the dangerous bits as soon as they could understand. It makes me smile now when I hear my daughter explaining to my grandson what is safe and what is not so safe. She isn't, by any stretch of the imagination, a gardener but she has a sound understanding of garden safety.

Sorry to waffle but the gist of what I'm saying is, it's ok to have anything in your garden as long as you are prepared to manage the risk associated with it. The only thing I'd definitely advise against is triffids but I've not seen those at the garden centre lately.

Backyard Power Options (Rain/Snow Proof)

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 16:30

Don't know about Canada but here, in the UK, electrical installations have to be carried out by a competent person and then inspected and certified by a qualified electrician at the very least. No electrician I know would even consider certifying an installation that involved an extension cable in situ permanently.

Consult an electrical contractor would be my advice.

Wildlife Pond and filters

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 18:00

It's a funny thing is wildlife gardening. We all try to do our best for the various creatures that decide that our gardens would make a nice home. However, pretty much all gardeners I know try their best to eradicate slugs and snails and anything else that we see as detrimental to our hobby. We've always had mice in our garden and when the kids were little they were a great source of pleasure to them but I know  plenty of folk who do their utmost to get rid of them. I don't think there are many gardeners who truly just let nature get on with it and garden in a way that doesn't have an impact on wildlife. That wouldn't be gardening would it? It would be watching a field or a wood etc grow. I have a pond with loads of wildlife in it and a few goldfish. There are loads of plants, all of which are artificially introduced and managed. So my advice would be; put what you like in your pond, add whatever pumps, lights and filters you see fit, do or don't introduce fish, manage it as much or as little as you feel is necessary and, above all, call it what you like.


Posted: 28/08/2016 at 11:10

Firstly, I apologise to everyone for dragging this on but, Phillipa, yes your comment about funding did annoy me a little.

I have been fortunate to have two professions. A consulting engineer, for which I was paid for my services and before that, a professional sportsman, for which I was also paid for my services. The funding for my sport career was generated by people paying to watch and be entertained. No-one ever paid to watch me work as an engineer because it's not entertainment. Does that mean that the people paying through the turnstiles are hypocrites? Does that mean the same people are not entitled to their opinion regarding the use of public spending?

In 1996 our Olympic team managed only one gold medal. This was because the majority of our Olympic team were still operating on a more or less amateur basis but competing against professionals. This sparked the lottery funding of our young men and women and since then we have steadily improved our standing as a nation in the world of sport. We always had the talent but without the necessary facilities and the ability to train full time we would never have seen these young men and women reach their potential.

It's very difficult to quantify the benefit of a successful Olympic team, in monetary terms, but you only have to read all the posts on this thread to see how much pleasure and well being it brings.

As someone who had the great honour to represent his country I would never want to go back to the dark days and see the achievements of our young men and women diminish because of a lack of funding.


Posted: 27/08/2016 at 20:02

I don't get this. If it doesn't matter to you how or why the GB Olympic team is funded then what's your issue? I don't get the hypocracy thing either. It's not hypocritical to pay to watch sport but not fancy paying to watch a mechanic service a Ford Fiesta! Some might want to, that's up to them. 

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