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Posted: 02/09/2017 at 06:40

Morning all

Have a great time LB - you may have heavy bags on the way home but at least your purse will be lighter 

Currently heading west on the M25 - all ok so far but I nearly need a bacon buttie... (actually have melon - not quite the same is it?)

Have a good day all - SYL

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Posted: 01/09/2017 at 16:17

Sunny - I'm so sorry to read about Paul. 

Your love for him has shone through in your postings. My very heartfelt condolences and best wishes for you and your family.

Take care. x

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Posted: 01/09/2017 at 11:14

Rubee - that's not good with your OH. Sounds as though you've been living with the problem for a while but that doesn't make it any less worrying. Thoughts are with you. Hope he hasn't hurt himself more than he thinks.

SGL - glad to be able to help. Re the Viburnum - I planted one 3 years ago and it's now over 2m high and about 1m across. I have found it to be a reasonably quick grower in suitable conditions. I also planted 3 together (about a metre apart) to make an extra length of hedging in another location - that forms a good screen. Need to cut about 70cms off it each year to keep it to height.

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Posted: 01/09/2017 at 09:52

Ooops - crossing posts again.

What a pain SGL - hate it when you can't talk to your neighbours. 

Loving the caravan pic LB - our outfit will look a bit like that!

Thanks for all the holiday wishes.


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Posted: 01/09/2017 at 09:49

SGL - two more suggestions re plants:

Rosa Glauca - can be grown to small (about 3m high by 3m crown width) tree size or maintained as a large shrub. Nice simple summer flowers, lovely autumn hips

Viburnum Bodnantense (sp?) - I had one which was about 4m high and 2m width. I usually maintain at about 2m high. Tough as old boots - won't mind competition from the oak. Deciduous but good screening in the summer. No summer flowers but deliciously scented flowers from about October to March.

However - I do think that was a very good point about planning regs - definitely worth looking at.

Good luck with it. Now must get a wriggle on

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Posted: 01/09/2017 at 08:38

Morning - pinching punching - all that

Tomorrow we leave for our summer holiday.

Today I am wondering if I should be taking the autumn duvet! 

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Posted: 31/08/2017 at 19:43

Good to see you too Obx

I'm still enjoying reading your tales of Cosmos and Minstrels' antics on Forkers - sounds like they keep you busy!

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Posted: 31/08/2017 at 19:26

Hmm doesn't sound as though a tree would work then SGL I'll get my thinking cap on...

M-U - we will be down in (hopefully!) sunny St Ives next week. Dove (From Above) and her OH will also be there the same week (we didn't plan it). They're staying just round the corner from us so we're all going to meet for crab and clotted cream (not necessarily on the same plate!)

Beer and gin may also have a role to play...

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Posted: 31/08/2017 at 19:09

Hi Fairy - PM for you as well

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Posted: 31/08/2017 at 18:08

Welcome back Chey

SGL - neighbours!! - just sometimes the idea of living miles from the nearest is appealing 

I've used the following for reasonably fast screening.

Buddleia - good height each year but you'll have a gap from spring to early summer after you've cut it back and it's deciduous

Elder - same problems as buddleia unless you don't cut it back. Still deciduous. Mine easily makes 3m every year even though I cut it back to about 2 foot. You can also grow one or two Group 3 clematis through it.

Eleagnus - evergreen and mine has reached 2.5m in three years. Good screening but a little boring. Could grow clematis through it.

Depending on the height of your fence you could consider something like a crab apple tree. They start off high, don't get too big (depending on variety), mine have branches quite low down and quite a nice lollipop shape so they provide upper height and medium height screening and still leave space to plant underneath. They are deciduous but the branches and berries give a degree of cover in the winter. Blossoms and fruit are beautiful. "Evereste" has been the best performer in my garden.

Afternoon everyone else.

We desperately need rain so I'm not complaining - but did it have to arrive when I'm trying to pack the caravan and get the grass cut etc etc???

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