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Posted: 05/06/2012 at 09:00
I put in a pond last year - its small - 1.6m x 1.8m, and for ease of installation I used a preformed pond. I put in small pump to help the water circulate. I stocked it up with plants and within a very short space of time, it was looking very established, and filling up with wildlife. Heaven knows where it comes from because I am in the middle of a modern housing development, surrounded on all sides by houses and by gardens covered in grass. The birds love it - using it for bathing and drinking, the hedgehogs that frequent the garden (another surprise in my urban environment) use it for drinking, and this year I have tadpoles. I sit it the garden and see damselflies darting around the pond, and around my garden. It is bliss.

Garden gaffes

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 08:43
I have a very very educated friend - one day I went in to her garden and noticed grow bags with bamboo canes had been set up. "Growing tomatoes", I said. "Yes, but I've been watering them now for three weeks and nothing's happening", she replied. "And where are the tomato plants?", I enquired. "They haven't come up yet". I had to explain to her that she had to plant tomatoes in the growbags and they dont just grow from the bag. She was convinced she had been dupped, "But its got pictures of tomatoes on the bag, look". She never attempted to grow tomatoes again.


Posted: 04/06/2012 at 20:18
Unfortunately, the hedge was there when I bought house, and now too much to remove and not lose all privacy. I did read that you should prune laurel by hand to avoid a massacred look, but my life isnt that long - it will have to be hedge trimmer, and I know from looking at it now, it does recover. Last time it was trimmed was in October 2010. In 2011 it hardly grew, except a few odd pretruding bits, but this year it has gone mad.

Talkback: Growing aquilegias

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 19:23
Look fantastic! Thank you!


Posted: 04/06/2012 at 18:34
All the rain, and then the warm weather, and my laurel hedge has gone mad bushing out in all directions - never seen it so exuberant! Too early to trim back with a hedge trimmer? Dont really want to have to do it again before winter (large hedge).

Talkback: Growing aquilegias

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 18:31
All mine have collapsed from all the rain - they put on a growth spurt when the weather warmed up, but now in full flower they are prostate. Looking a bit sorry for themselves. Too late now, but next year I'll get some support. Anybody got any recommedations for type of supports to use (with pictures!!).

Photinia -

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 00:31
You can complain to the council if a high hedge is impacting on your enjoyment of your property, however, before proceeding down this route, you must have first tried to resolve it amicably with your neighbour, and taking it to the council should be a last resort.

There are places on the internet that says the max height of a hedge should be no more than 2m, but there is no max height, and the council will consider the location of the hedge before determining how much a high hedge should be reduced by - they may consider it reasonable that a hedge can still be over 2m.

Other factors are that the hedge has to be semi or permanent evergreen! There must be at least two shrubs or trees in a row, be at least 2m in height, it must form a barrier, to light or access, and it must adversily affect your enjoyment of your property by virtue of its height - however, If there is a problem caused by hedge roots, the council will not get involved.

If the council is satisfied you have done all you can to reslove amicably, and they agree that a hedge is preventing enjoyment of your property, they will issue a remedial notice to the hedge owner to require them to reduce the hedge height. Once the hedge is reduced, it must continue to be maintained at that height.

holiday watering in greenhouse

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 22:57
When I was a lad, still living at home, and just into gardening, I once managed to keep my tomatoes watered whilst on holiday for two weeks by using an old beer making barrel, and three pair of my mums tights. The tights had one leg in the water with other end wrapped around tomato plant. All my friendly neighbour had to do was come in and top up the barrel with water and tomato feed. Best tomatoes we had. My mum complained about her missing tights for weeks.

Mowing the lawn, but not the frogs!

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 16:07
I've got tadpoles in my pond, donated to me by a friend. They are doing great and I can see them swimming and feeding actively in the water. However, my pond is fairly close to my lawn, and now I am worried about what will happen when the tadpoles emerge as frogs, and end up sitting in my lawn which will become a prolem when I come to mow. I set my lawn mower blades to the highest setting al year, which keeps it drought tolerant even in the hottest of summers, but it also means on the most warm of days, my grass is always very slighly damp under foot (lovely to walk on on a hot day), which I guess will be a perfect resting place for a frog. How do I avoid hurting any frogs resting in the law when they emerge?

Indoor Yucca with brown tips

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 15:01
Thanks - can I assume that with it now repotted and retaining the water for the roots, will the degeneration of the leaves cease, or once it has started down this route, it will continue, until the whole leaf is brown (and dead).

Discussions started by Tim Burr

Bamboo in trough

Trimming it down to size 
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Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Gone all scruffy 
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Japanese Acer disposal

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Pond level dropping..... up with tap water? 
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Too late for a Chelsea Chop?

Season is 3/4 weeks behind so really, we're still in May, right? 
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Last Post: 16/06/2013 at 13:54

Plant or weed....?

....never seen anything like this before 
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Last Post: 10/06/2013 at 22:31

Gardening errors.....

......made good (or bad) 
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Flaming Weeds!

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Stamped on lilies

Big foot strike again 
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Umbrella Plant

To chop or not to chop! 
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Crown Imperials

Lazarus bulbs! 
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Too cold to relocate perennials?

Cold days and freezing nights 
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