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Plant ID

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 08:17


Does anyone know what cultivar this hydrangea is. The flowers were pale green/white buds initially and the colour has intensified as they open from pale blue to darker blue/purple. It has probably been in the garden for some time so will be an older variety.

Is also tough as old boots as in very narrow border in complete shade backed by a lilac hedge and beech tree so bone dry and only needed to water it once during all our hot weather this summer.

thanks x

garden topiary buddha

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 15:38

I hadn't thought of starting with a cone, think I will do that with my yew and then see what inspiration strikes, thanks Paula

Signs that Autumn is upon us

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 09:00

I'm going to stick my neck out and say that it feels exactly like late summer and we have had lots of lovely summer weather lately.

Signs of late summer for me are the light gradually becoming more golden and spiders webs beggining to appear everywhere and lovely warm and earlier twilights for watching the bats

garden topiary buddha

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 08:57

Very impressed and inspired. I have a small yew which I'm thinking of topiarising (is that a word?) so looking for inspiration. How long did he take to do and did you use a frame?

Dead trolley bargain hunt

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 08:48

Aym280, Verdun did have a thread recently which showed Ruffled and Wild swan. I think it was called something like 'spot the difference'. I seem to remember that the main difference was the colouring on the back but both are beautiful

Affordable planters

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 08:43

Ther are some online retailers that do larger containers try Primrose. Alternatively you could look on some of the agricultural supplies sites if you like the look of metal troughs - you can get quite large ones reasonably priced and you just need to put some drainage holes in the bottom and voila a lovely large planter. you may find similar at a reclamation yard but they may be dearer sourced from there.

Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 14:44

Tanks to everyone for replies and comments. Will experiment wig and without and report back.

Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:38

Thanks Verdun and can I sneak in another question?

i haven't done hydrangea cuttings before and wonder how long it will take to get a garden ready plant? Ditto with hardy fuchsias - I don't mind the wait as we now have the space for a cuttings nursery but just curious and want to be realistic in my expectations 

Shed stain advise please

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:35

Hi Lou

I would definitely query it with the manufacturer as it may be a faulty batch.

We did an old bench recently in cuprinol garden shades and two coats was easily sufficient to give us a good depth of colour. We didnt need to use masking tape but from memory it wasn't so thin that I would have expected any problem so could well be that you've got a dodgy batch.

When to scarify...

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:30

We have recently used an organic fertiliser and moss killer in our lawn and it's worked a treat. It contains fungi/bacteria which dissolve the moss which then in turn feeds the grass and means that you don't have to scarily.

I'm guessing we should still scarify  occasionally to remove the old grass thatch but the difference re the moss is amazing just afternoon one 'treatment' a couple of months ago. And hopefully will mean lighter work when we do scarify.

we used one called Mo Bactor ( which sounds like a character out of a tv soap) Which we ordered online.

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