Six on Saturday: 22 June 2019

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  1. My only pale peony – which may or may not be Sarah Bernhardt – and the first flower is opening.

2. This campanula fills an odd corner in the front border, and conveniently covers the remaining stump of a lilac tree I cut down over ten years ago.  Jiggling the stump this morning shows it is not going to be coming out anytime soon.

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3.  I love this fuchsia as it reminds me of one we had when I was a child.  I’ve rooted eight cuttings from it this year.  The bees love it.

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4.  I’ve stripped these mature sedums of most of their babies, having finally got around to completing my sedum bed at the front of the house.  Separate post to follow.

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5.  My lavender border is almost at its best.  Filled with mounds of soft blue and purple and sounds of buzzing bees.

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6.  The dangers of planting the wrong tree in the wrong place.  This is my neighbour’s tree.  Planted right in the corner between our two gardens, it looms over part of my front border, blocks the light from the street light in all directions and will shortly catch on our telephone line – and several others.

We’ve asked and asked for this – and other overhanging trees – to be pruned back, and even offered to help.  We just get vague answers back.

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For more Sixes on Saturday, pop over to The Propagator’s blog for a visual feast of plants and flowers (and there’s barely a mention of rain this week).

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8 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: 22 June 2019

    1. I don’t have many plants yet, but will do that when they bulk up. The mothers are in a pot, which I need, but I didn’t see any point in moving them to the sedum bed. And I need more colour/shading so will be looking for new plants too.

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    1. There doesn’t seem to be for native trees, only the invasive and unwanted leylandii. And that isn’t the largest tree between his property and mine. I daren’t think about the roots – except if my neighbour suddenly cut all the trees down and the roots died, I may have serious subsidence. Better for him to ‘manage’ them by judicious pruning – if only I can persuade him. In a normal year my lavender keeps going until at least September. I’m never sure whether to give it a mid-season trim and hope it comes back with more flowers, so I just leave it until my October garden clean-up.

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  1. I think Outreach (BT) may have something to say when that tree hits the wires! Maybe have a word with them? I am sure you have to have trees cut down if they pose a threat to utility cables. Of course you are entitled to cut down branches that overhang your garden, as long as you give them to your neighbour (no, I have never understood that argument), but looking at the size of the tree this could involve a tree surgeon at your expense.

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    1. Awkward. Perhaps talking to the neighbours again? It does seem wrong that people get away with the problems their trees cause. My son has had to have mains drains replaced because the neighbouring Leylandii trees roots have broken the drain and he had sewerage in his yard!

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    2. The problem with my neighbours are they have too many hobbies and prefer to be out and about rather than working in their garden. I’m more get the jobs done then do the things you want to. I may report the front tree to the council as it is causing problems with the street light.

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