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Hi lotty. I wonder if you damaged those small roots that take up the water when you removed the hard soil. Was it hard because it was frozen or because it was dry? 6 weeks ago it was very cold and not an ideal planting time for an evergreen, the ground must have been very cold if not frozen.
If the soil/compost around them seems dry then water. It might be worth cutting them back a bit so there's not so much top growth to support.
Plants may not be making much progress but they shouldn't be going backwards. The rain and moister atmosphere will be easier on them than the dry cold winds.
Everything is late lotty. I'd reduce them a little, don't let them dry out, but don't drown them. If they're not taking up water they don't want to sit in it. Then just hope.
You may lose all the leaves that they have and they may look very sorry for themselves, but there's always the possibility that once their roots have got over the shock of being transplanted in what will have been unfavourable conditions, you may well find them leafing up again. Plants won't grow properly until their roots are doing their job. Fingers very crossed
Ive got the same problem them with mine Lotty! accpet mine are in a different scenario, i planted them last spring and they were doing brilliantly and thriving. However a few weeks ago when we had that bitter wind, they were getting battered so harshly i did try to protect them with a fleece but it kept blowing off, now they have brown leaves all over and look very sorry for themselves. can anyone suggest a way of reviving them or will they sort themselves out? (Sorry lotty for posting a question on a question!! )