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Whats happening with this hedge?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 17:32

Thanks for the suggestion, I am trying to adopt an organic approach to gardening and was wondering if there is anything I can use that isn't introducing more chemicals to the garden?  Or am I being too naive  

Whats happening with this hedge?

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 14:14

Just to re visit this, the hedge in question is still suffering from the problems mentioned and my washing up liquid/garlic spray on the elaeagnus doesn't seem to be working (unless it needs to be stronger or used more than once every few days?)

Does anyone know what else I can do? 

Whats happening with this hedge?

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 15:23

I have an a elaeagnus hedge next to a laurel hedge and both seem to be suffering at the moment. The elaeagnus leaves seem covered in a powdery sticky substance (and a sticky pile on the floor) which on researching as far as I can tell looks like elaeagnus sucker.  When we first moved here a few years ago there was a similar pile of this substance on the floor which I was told was from aphids - and it was - there were loads of them so I sprayed with washing up liquid/garlic spray and they went and the hedge was fine... up until this past couple of weeks, but can't actually see any bugs this time!

The leaves on the laurel hedge next to it are covered in holes, and there is also some of this sticky substance appearing on some of those leaves as well - has this infestation moved over to the laurel and causing the hole damage?

What can I do to save these? I read the RHS says that laurel plants usually grow through it (always been perfectly fine up until this last few weeks), but not sure about the elaeganus, as I don't want this sticky substance all over the floor all the time but would hate to cut them down if they can be saved.


Geranium ID and sunflower woe

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:11

Having Googled morning glory and bindweed how do you tell the difference? I am mostly container gardening so it will be in a pot if I do keep it. I never knew the similarities between the two! I also never knew bindweed was those lovely white flowers you always see on the roadside either  

Orchid Lady, yes I think a bird must have dropped a seed! (I have also posted on your ID thread)

(Those question marks in my last post weren't supposed to be there I put a  face using my phone earlier!)

A couple of plant IDs please

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:10

Another guess at a Penstemon, I have one that looks just like the plant in your pic, I have three different varieties and one of them has much thinner leaves. I bought them end of summer last year in the sale and they didn't really flower, but I kept them in a sheltered spot in pots over winter and they are just starting to flower now and looking lovely  I think it is called Garnet, sods law I accidentally chucked the labels away just last weekend so can't be sure!

Geranium ID and sunflower woe

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 08:03
I'll try that Pauline, how is your sunflower doing with this method?

Dovefromabove, yes I'm hoping I'll get at least one, the last time I tried they didn't even get past tiny seedling stage ???? They are in full sun, what's the best feed to give them?

Geranium ID and sunflower woe

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 21:33
Ooh exciting! I only sowed geranium seeds in this tray so who knows what it is lol I'll keep it going...

A long shot but is there anything that can be done to stop slugs on sunflowers?

Geranium ID and sunflower woe

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 20:56

I sowed some hardy geranium seeds, I know I planted them too late in the season and most didn't germinate (I collected and stored what I could), however after having left them in the cool shade a few have now germinated, but, one (seemingly trailing) seedling I can't tell what it is, is it even a geranium?!


Also, my sunflower leaves are being eaten almost by the hour but I cannot see anything on them at all that could be eating them! There is a small amount of slug trail on a couple of the leaves but most are slime free. What else could it be and is there any way to stop it? Would something like a washing up liquid/garlic spray combo help?


Hardy geranium seeds not germinating

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 23:07
Thanks nutcutlet, I'll have a read

Hardy geranium seeds not germinating

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 22:02
Thank you all for the clarification! I was going on what the seed packet said, 'place in warmth' and 'lower temps inhibit germination'...!!
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