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Can anyone identify this plant please?

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 22:56

Agree on Liatris.

Communal garden - council keeps destroying our plants

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 18:01

I would go for pots, even council 'gardeners' would not cut or poison those. My estate is private and we have communal areas that we pay for upkeep. The 'gardeners' do not know what plants are and cut the grass so low that it is mostly gone now. The borders are full of weeds most of the year and then sprayed (killing the shrubs!) in autumn. I planted 20 2 year old tree saplings, all grown by myself and kids and they ripped all of them out although it was clear what they where.

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 13:39
flowering rose wrote (see)

Any one live next to Glaston bury?


I know people next to T in the Park and they do not mind the noise for a few days. They put up barriers weeks in advance around the site but tidy up quickly. The exclusion zone and road closures is actually good for them as the roads are then very quiet.


Posted: 08/07/2013 at 13:35

Are they in full sun? If so then they need watering. They grow lanky in full sun with the leaves going red with more shade and moisture they stay bushier and green. mine is in semi-shade in a damp spot and it is dark green.

Any ideas please?

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 22:12
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Could it be cuckoo spit? 

If so you need do nothing - they little froghoppers will not harm an established shrub. 


Seem to have loads of cuckoo spit in my garden this year!


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!

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