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RHODODENDRONS

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 15:27

Right plant in the right place - if your soil is that alkali then keep them in the pot.

If you really must then how alkali is your soil? Most soil in the UK is naturally acidic to neutral.

What I did is have ericaceous soil around the plant, then mixed ericaceous and surrounding garden soil around that. That is less of a shock for the roots. You can apply ericaceous feed/iron seq when needed - good feeding is key. You can tell when they need a feed (normally spring) as the leaves begin to go pale and yellow.

Browning on conifers

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 11:22

I do not think that the cloud pruned tree is terminal. Good luck!

Norwegian Pine

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 15:05

I agree - just new growth. It will match the rest of the leaves by Sept/Oct.

Browning on conifers

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 15:02

The second plant might be salvageable. Spray it with Provado Ultimate Bug Killer for 2 weeks and keep the tree watered and fed.


The first plant looks like Thuja - you can remove all the dead brown bits with your fingers but it will take a long time to look good. Thuja does regrow but not on old wood, hence using your fingers to remove the dead parts and not a saw.

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 08:57

Am glad that you went with the water feature as it does work. After reading the above perhaps your neighbour will buy one and then you will just have the sound of running water to relax and not some loud neighbour! Good luck!

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 12:15

A water feature with running water is good at drowning out noise but may have to be quite powerful to drown out a loud voice.

Ginger

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 22:37

Hee hee - I have got Ginger to sprout and root but that was soaked in water then placed in a zip bag and left on top of the hot water tank. As soon as it was taken out it stopped growing - our weather is just not right for it, even indoors. Right plant right place!

What's this plant please?

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 17:24

Yip, Nandina domestica

Camellias in Scotland

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 13:39

Aberdeen is actually west of Yorkshire, Birmingham is further east than Edinburgh.  Aberdeen does seem to get snow first and deeper than most places in the UK. Anyway, here is coastal Fife Camellias do really well.

Ginger

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 13:36

They really need 30C+ and high humidity. You are better off buying hardier Gingers such as Hedychium Assam Orange etc.

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