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laurel hedging

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 22:31

When I planted two 4 foot laurels a couple of months back, one of the laurels started to shed its leaves.  I fed it some Epsom salts as advised by Verdun and its fine again now.  My husband is very impressed!

Hedge problem

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 06:05

Ok, thanks Mike

hornbeam hedge questions

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 06:00

Hi Dean

I planted a hornbeam hedge last November - it's about 21 metres long.  I got them bare root from Parkers:-

They're very reasonable and were great plants.  The hedge has settled well.  I planted it about 50/75cm away from the fence and allowed another 50cm the other side.  I didn't support them and they've been fine apart from one, which I'll support before winter sets in just to encourage it to grow straight.  I just dug a trench in what was well dug out soil in the first place (so it was fairly lose and I'd added manure and grit because it's a wet area) just big enough to fit the plants in.  I think the main concern is to ensure that you cover all of the roots.  Give them a mulch once planted to protect them from the winter weather and you should be fine

Hope it goes well for you.


Hedge problem

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 19:06

That's interesting.  So is it possible to rescue a leylandi hedge that has gone brown in large areas? 

We've had a lot of trouble with leylandi hedging on the IOM this year.  Two school of thoughts ... (1) It's caused by all the wind we had and salt in the wind (as we live on an island) caused the damage or (2) there is some sort of disease that has destroyed so many hedges of this type this year.



Anyone know what this is please?

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 16:06

Dave, the picture that you posted looks like them but really I have nothing other the picture I posted to go on. 

As soon as I get the plants (not sure when that's going to be) I'll post a few close up pictures for you to see clearly

Thanks everyone for your help so far.



Anyone know what this is please?

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 20:17

I'm getting a couple from a work colleague who confirms that they survive better in a sheltered area and it's not actually a sempervivum tectorum but it's in the same family but as yet no name. I'll post some close ups as soon as I get them. 

Thanks for all your replies. 


Anyone know what this is please?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 21:55

Thanks Dave.  Impressive speed

Anyone know what this is please?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 21:39


Does anyone know what the flat green rosette plant to the left of the cat's head is please? 

What to put where

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 00:27

"No intended design and sheer colour", I like that idea very much.  How liberating after all my precise planning     Yes, I shall do just that and to get an idea of the spacing, I can lay everything out on the path that runs parallel with the border.

Ooh, thanks for the tip about the bluebells.  I've got a perfect alternative place for them to go ... down under a tree in the corner next to the wood which is immediately behind our garden.  They'll be well away from everything else there.

Thanks Verdun



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