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My neighbours garden :o((....and then on a brighter note...

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It’s driving me crazy seeing this every time I walk up to the top garden and see what is happening at the top of next doors garden. This is how it looks today…..

T says he will jump over and put weed killer down near the existing fence and put a higher fence up for me . The bottom half of their garden is very nice and they have a gardener in a couple of times a week. He throws all the weeds and grass cuttings up here. Nice for the wildlife I know but you do get fed up of the nettles and ivy coming through and growing like mad.

Anyway that’s my grouse for today.
As I looked around my garden I was pleased at the way everything is shooting up and the borders filling up nicely. The border round the Copper beach is full to bursting ..
The Hostas look particularly well as there doesn’t seem to be much slug damage yet….

The flowers on my three Weigela are looking very pretty…

I love these they are spreading steadily…..

I moved this Bowles Mauve a few weeks ago and it looks like it has settled into it’s new position.

The Acer that was damaged over the winter and had to be cut down is showing new growth thankfully, and the other two I bought this year are coming along well…

The Euphorbia polychroma is a bit later than usual but worth waiting for I think.

and last but not least the Geums

Heucheras


This little Heucherella is my favourite…

These Polemoniums were 2ft tall last year…they are already 3ft now..

It’s going to be a great year in the garden this year isn’t it?

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Your garden is looking very pretty.
I hope the neighbour tidies up the end part of his garden ...

20 May, 2012

 

lovley photos, especially the hostas, i love them but always lose them to slugs..i wont use pellets.
I can sympathise with the neighbour problem mine piled rubbish behind there shed, where they couldnt see it, which ended up bowing my fence panels out. some people dont think.

20 May, 2012

 

Wonderful Hostas there Hb, and love your Heuchera as well. In fact it is all looking lovely.

20 May, 2012

 

beautiful HB - love the big red tree in 2nd pic after the hostas

20 May, 2012

 

If your garden grows like this all through the summer it will be a wonderful show for you. We are way behind you. We have had a lovely sunny day and a few more are forecast so fingers crossed everything starts shooting away soon. I do like your heucherella. Any idea which one it is.

20 May, 2012

 

Lovely garden you've got Homebird. Can you not have a word with your neighbours and get something sorted about the dumping of their rubbish

20 May, 2012

 

Thanks Tt, they won't bother with it I know as it's just their dumping ground. I will be happier when T puts up a higher fence. The nettles over there are 5ft tall.....
It's so frustrating isn't it Sf. I hope you got them to sort the fence out for you. Have you tried growing hostas in pots, a lot of people grow them that way. I use baked egg shells crushed around the base of mine. It deters the slugs a bit.
Thankyou Cinders. They have beenin the garden quite a long time. When I tried to split one it was so big and heavyI couldn't lift the half I chopped off....lol
Thankyou Paul it's the lower branches of a copper beech. I think it always looks great when the leaves first oen.
Sorry Scotsgran I have lost it's label and can't for the life of me remember it's name. Fingers crossed for warmer weather for us all soon. It sounds like warmer weather is coming after Tueasday.....:o))))

20 May, 2012

 

Lovely garden you have there, shame about your neighbours, maybe you should mention that their nettles and ivy etc are growing through your fence.

20 May, 2012

 

Thankyou Suzywonkles....I love the name you have chosen. T will get over and clear the weeds back from the fence. The neighbours won't mind I am sure. They are nice people and good neighbours just not at all practical. Think Margo from the good life and you have my neighbour marigold gloves and all.....:o)

20 May, 2012

 

Well your garden looks so beautiful, so good in fact I have an Idea. HB you are really coming in to your own with your garden...Could be time to expand...?

Ask if they will sell you the bit of garden they don't want or care about. Daft???? no / yes ??

20 May, 2012

 

If you do put up a higher fence the nettles and possibly other weeds will still creep under it in time. Maybe you should think about sinking a barrier like black plastic to prevent that happening.

20 May, 2012

 

Oh! Pim. You are so kind with your comments. T has been talking about doing that for ten years now. He wanted to buy it and build us a bungalow on the top garden. I don't think I could face clearing it and sorting out all the trees.

20 May, 2012

 

Think about it....I reckon you could do a project ...Think positive, think Michaela ;))

20 May, 2012

 

Great minds think alike,Eh! Scotsgran. Thats just what we did on the flat lawn border to stop the nettles and ivy coming from the garden on our other side. It's working quite well. I just hate the hawthorne cuttings that drop on the plants when they trim it. Doesn't half make the fingers sore if you don't wear thick enough gloves to pick it up. I'm sorry if this sounds like I have terible neighbours because they are all really nice. One side just a young family who just like to keep the grass tidy and the other side not at all practically minded.

20 May, 2012

 

I am actually in the middle of 2 very neglected gardens, I somehow manage to keep their weeds away from mine's. Your garden is beautiful!

20 May, 2012

 

I wish I had your willpower and drive Michaella. You would have it sorted in a week or two...:o))
Pim, the next time I see them I will ask if I can try to tidy it all up. There were some lovely daffs popped up in the spring on top of the mounds of rubbish and there are several damson and greengage trees in amongst the mounds.

20 May, 2012

 

A week or two...!!! are we talking about the same Michaela? Is she on a go slow ?

Greengage is my fave fruit...a little orchard all ready made.

20 May, 2012

 

Lol...With T and his chainsaw and Michaella directing and driving us forward it'd only take a couple of long days..:o)

20 May, 2012

 

Its a shame about the neighbours weeds, I actually have an area with the same problem, they are lovely and we get on well, unfortunately its also their dumping ground and always has been, I have a fence so cannot see it anymore and used chlorate weedkiller under the fence and about a foot my side, I had to leave the ground clear for a few years but it did stop the nettles and ivy from spreading into my garden...
Your own garden is doing well Homebird and looks lovely...

20 May, 2012

 

Hope you get the problem sorted, if they are nice neighbours it should be ok :). My name has stuck with me since I was a child, think I'll blame my Dad for that one :D

20 May, 2012

 

Thanks Lincslass, It will be nice to get the nettles at least controlled. They are so strong they sting through my garden gloves when I pull them out. We used to use Chlorate weedkiller but I am not sure if you can still get it.

20 May, 2012

 

Suzywonkles it really makes me want to smile. :o))
Hopefully we will get it controlled soon. It is so much worse this year then I remembered it before. Probably all the rain we have had.

20 May, 2012

 

You can still buy sodium chlorate but it spreads in to surrounding areas so I would not use it anywhere near anything you want to keep.

20 May, 2012

 

All looking lovely HB - smashing blooms you have going. Those untouched hostas...well done!!
I have a neighbour who uses the back of the hedge for similar - pain in the butt as all I get are nettles growing up my side of the garden. Hope you and OH can get something done whatever you choose :)

21 May, 2012

 

looking wonderful Hb, love the Hosta's i have to many slugs and snails for them here... shame about their neglected bit.. hope it gets tidied up..

21 May, 2012

 

your garden is so pretty homebird shame about the wild garden next door, i hate nettles and have some growing behind my shed, but cant get to them for Baz`s junk lol

21 May, 2012

 

Hb I am surrounded by eight gardens, all of whom couldnt care less about the 'bottom' of their gardens, i battle all year round clearing away seedlings I do not want, its a pain, this is why I get so angry and then 'hate' gardening, I suppose its because of the extra work entailed! I then view my garden and think aaahhh, its lovely, like yours Hb. a delight.

21 May, 2012

 

I have been doing some work out in the front garden over the last few days & my neighbour (nice young lad) said the other day that it looked nice & he had been looking at my back garden from his bedroom window & that was looking lovely too. I said thankyou & then told him that his garden was a mess & he should do something with it!
I have known him since he was born so its easy to tell him what I think, Lol.
Your garden looks great HB, shame you have to look at someone elses mess.

21 May, 2012

 

'he had been looking at my back garden from his bedroom window'
Really Willi.....and you bought it?? ;)))))

21 May, 2012

 

Oh gosh sorry HB, your garden is looking great!!

21 May, 2012

 

He is the same age as my son Lil !!! Lol.

21 May, 2012

 

And your point is.....
;) ;) ;)

21 May, 2012

 

I must remember to keep my top on when gardening, LOL

21 May, 2012

 

Purr cougar, purrrrrr ;)))

21 May, 2012

 

Have just looked at your blog I can see why you are frustrated. The contrast between your garden and that mess at the back would get on anyone's nerves. If it was a proper wild woodland it would be one thing but just having a dump there is no fun. A six foot fence with a concrete runner board at the base might help.

But have to say I love your planting and selection of colours and shapes. A real pleasure to look at.

P.s. May I suggest taking some cuttings of your Bowles mauve when you can. It can be short lived and I lost my last one after only one year. Very unlucky maybe but it made me think about taking cuttings from my new one when I looked at yours.

27 May, 2012

 

Some lovely plants Hb, love that 4th geum down, the soft pinky apricot one, which one is it ? :-)

29 May, 2012

 

Thankyou all for your lovely comments and good advice. We haven't had time to tackle it yet other than to scythe down the nettles as they were beginning to seed.
Bornagain the geum is Tequila Sunrise, it is lovely. I hope I can get some seed from it later on.

30 May, 2012

 

Oooh that's one of the american 'cocktail series' isn't it, does it flower for long?:-)

31 May, 2012

 

Yes, it's new this year so I will have to wait and see.....:o))

31 May, 2012

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