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Hedges Drop Green Leaves and Die

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 09:37

They grow best with plenty of water available to them. Other vegetation will deprive  them of that, and as you don't have high rainfall where you are, that makes it difficult  Wind is incredibly drying too. I think it's a question of right plant, right place, and privet isn't going to be happy in that location for you, unfortunately. If you're going to use a mulch, you'll have to thoroughly soak the ground first - might take you a while! If you can get your hands on some well rotted manure, that would be ideal.

It grows best in high rainfall - even in the cold, soggy ground that we have up here in Scotland. It's almost evergreen here because of it. 

Problem tomato plants

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 09:26

The temptation is always to sow early too sonjaday  - and that can lead to a few issues with growing,  but there are so many seeds of everything, including tomatoes, available, so you might want to have a look and do some research for the future regarding different types to grow.

We also have a seed swap thread here, so you could possibly swap with a couple of people who want to do the same. There might be two or three people whow would like to experiment - you could each buy a different seed and then swap the ones you don't need. 

Barely started and I'm already overwhelmed!

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 09:20
ripply says:

For now, I'll have it all as lawn until I work out what to do. It's actually easier for me to know what I don't want rather than what I do. 

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 That's how to start. A list of what you like will become enormous and offputting. Ruling out the dislikes is easier. Don't forget other things that aren't 'plants' related - seating areas, washing, storage etc. Those things are just as important for garden and often difficult to sort later once you start with plants.

You're worried about the eventual look. Have a look at other things you like to get a general feel of your 'style'  Do you like ornate, patterned things or simple, monotone things? Loose, colourful and flowing, or symmetrical and geometric?  How you dress, how you have your home, the colours you like and dislike. Those same things will probably be the same influences in your garden, so look for a similar feel. Keep it simple - it's easier to add than it is to keep taking out.

Start near the house with just a little job or two to tackle once you have a better idea of those likes and dislikes, and remember it doesn't all happen in a few weeks. Pauline's right - take photos and those will encourage you when you're disheartened. 

Garden edging

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 17:33

I've already asked him that on one of 'his' other threads KT   

and reported him. 

Pyracanthea Slow Growth

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 17:10

If you're keen to see the hollyhock flower, I'd wait till it's done. The pyracantha will be easy to shift.

They are best against a wall or fence. Although it's alway reckoned they like a good bit of sun, they will grow in shadier spots too. In good soil they get quite big and robust, but you can prune them to the shape you want. You can 'cloud prune' them too - I've seen them  quite often like that against walls, but you need a good pair of gloves....

Favourite late flowering clematis

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 17:03

Oh - there's so many - and you can never have too many ....

Etoile Violette is one of my favourites, and also Rouge Cardinal. 

There are also some good whites if you have a shadier spot - Maria Cornelia is particularly nice.

Tried and tested solar lights

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 16:59

What a surprise - mrgreen has some fancy lights to go with all his other 'purchases'.....

flagged up - again....

Rose and clematis combinations

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 14:02

Lucy - there's also a very good site which gives you information on all clematis. Obelixx recommended it a while ago and it's excellent. It's called Clematis on the Web. You just put in the name of the clem and it will give you all the info you want or need about it. 

You can search on those specialist sites for particular varieties by colour, aspect, time of flowering etc too, and that's sometimes exactly the way to find something that takes your fancy. It's a bit addictive though 

Tomato Plant Concern

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 13:58

No problem at all Hoosier - most people here are UK , but a few from other parts of the world 

It still might be a weather situation. Lots of growth in warm conditions, and the roots can't sustain the top growth. The surface damage could just be from rain, so I wouldn't worry too much about that. They need a fair bit of support, so I'd try and get that in place. It's really the first one that looks a bit rough, the other ones just look quite small. 

Do you get a lot of rain as well, or water them a lot? The soil might be a bit heavy and waterlogged. It does look a bit hefty. 

Brown spots on tomato leaves

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 13:50

I don't read it either Pete  

Good luck with your toms-  hopefully they'll grow on well for you,  but if you have any further problems come back and ask again. You'll have different conditions to many of us - but here in the UK there's a huge difference in conditions anyway between north and south, east and west. Up here, we tend to grow toms undercover because the temps aren't high enough and the weather can be inclement to say the least, even in summer. Once you're familiar with your own growing conditions, that makes it a bit easier to understand any issues you encounter. 

A few pix will always help with advice too  

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