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Stephanie Beirne

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Drainage problem

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 21:32

I don't think the land drain will work as there is nowhere for the water to drain to except downwards. It's only a small area that is sodden, about 4ft X 6ft, the rest drains away OK.

Drainage problem

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 17:59


Can anyone advise as to how I can improve the drainage in my front garden. It's on a slight slope toward the house and last night's heavy rain is still sitting there. I really wanted to plant dwarf box hedging to line the paths but it won't survive waterlogging like this.


Young trees

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 20:07

Fingers crossed then.Will keep up with watering.

Young trees

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 13:10


Local authority have planted young trees all along our road. They are mainly red twigged limes and cobnut trees, all about 15 ft tall. Me and neighbours have tried to keep them watered during the really hot spell but on most all the leaves have gone brown and curled up.

Will they be OK? We really want them to do well.

Cabbage Bolting

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 17:20


Exactly the same here in Essex, just thrown them and their pretty yellow flowers on the compost. Had a few really hot days which set them off I think. I will try again later in the year.

Cats in my flowerbeds

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 20:54

Try planting Coleus Canina AKA Scaredy Cat or Pee-off amongst the borders/beds. Cats apparently hate the smell. They also dislike citrus smells, so you could add a plant with citrus smelling leaves. Or a citronella candle?  I like the idea above of pyrocanthus or holly cuttings used as a mulch. You could also place some large ornamental rocks in favourite spots to make it uncomfortable for them. Be wary of spraying with a water pistol, cat could run off in fright into the road and be injured or worse cause an RTA.

Mystery plant

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 17:55

Thanks! Willdo.

Unsightly pipe work - Recomendations?

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 17:02

I'd be tempted to put a half barrel pot by the base and grow runner beans up it. Handy for the kitchen door and the flowers are quite pretty. Or climbing sweet peas?

Mystery plant

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 16:50

Can anyone ID this? It has shot up from the centre of a rose bush. Single stem about 5ft tall now, no scent, with tassles or seed pods.

Ideas for Hanging Baskets

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 20:30

These trailing fuschia were spectacular. I think they were called Wedding Day


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Young trees

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Mystery plant

Can anyone identify please? 
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