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Laurels are not growing very well

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 20:42

How long ago did you plant them?   They'll spend the first season developing their roots - then the top growth will begin to get away.  

The fertiliser you've been using is for flowering and fruiting plants.  What your hedge needs is a slow acting balanced fertiliser - I suggest that you give a sprinkling of Fish, Blood & Bone now according to the directions on the pack and another in August.  It will need no other feed.  

Don't water too much but make sure that the roots don't dry out in hot dry spells and clear any weed growth from the base.

Suckers or good new shoots.

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 20:36

Can we have a photo of a bit further back please, so we get more of the leaves.  Do we know whether this is a Hybrid Tea, or a rambler or climber or what? 

Talkback: Growing Russian vine

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 16:21

Stand well back Patricia - it's  just been getting comfy and is about to grow VERY BIG!!! 

Red Spots On Spinach Leaves

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 16:15

They just happen - pick, wash, cook and eat - I'm still here 


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 16:07

Mrs Garden - that little mouse has been living there for ages, and before that it's mummy and daddy were living there, and their parents before them - and they've never done anyone any harm and they're not going to start now.

They're little field mice - there's probably a little family of them in your garden just like there is in mine - sometimes I see one or two of them and they stay stock still and look at me and shiver 'cos I'm big and scary, and I stay stock still and look at them because they're absolutely fascinating 

Anyone want a piece of cake?


lunaria annua?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 15:58

Did it look like this Rosemummy?

 Sweet rocket (hesperis matronalis) bashed by the rain 

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 15:44

You got there before me Nut - Keble Martin agrees with you - Sanguisorba minor. 

That looks like a good native wildflower mix 

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 15:32

The third one is Common Fumitory 

The second one shows what could be Corn Marigold but looks more like Hawkbit, Ribwort Plantain and Red Campion.  I can't zoom in on them.

The first one shows some White Campion and something else I don't recognise - I shall consult my Keble Martin but hopefully someone else will recognise it ........ 

Help needed with Portuguese Laurel

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 13:42

I suspect that soft new growth has been frosted  - although laurel is frost hardy, new growth is susceptible to low temperatures and drying winds.  

It will grow new shoots, to replace the ones lost.  

I'd give the hedge a dose of Fish, Blood & Bone (follow directions on the pack) this is a slow-acting fertiliser which will replenish the energy the plants will use to grow the additional shoots, without encouraging soft  growth which will be vulnerable.

Replacing a leylandii hedge

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 13:02

Oooh a substantial holly hedge - what a lovely thought 

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