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hornbeam hedge questions

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 08:11

Hornbeam is ideal for a narrow hedge - it's easily my favourite hedging material.

It tolerates a lot of water Ronnie, so it's really good for damp sites where beech, which it closely resembles, would struggle. It sounds like it may be short of water more than anything. Unless you're really far north, the leaves should still be green, so it seems stress is the most likely reason for the turn.

If you take photos - try and get long range ones as well as close up. Come back on here and you'll get help with putting them on if you still have problems   

Downy mildew and reusing pots

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 08:03

I always wash my pots thoroughly before planting anything else in them ecokid, unless it's something that's only had a plant in it for a short time with no issues. A  rinse with a bit of mild disinfectant before re use would help  too.

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Posted: 16/08/2016 at 07:59

Morning all/afties Pat  

Gorgeous day  - why do I have to be at work  

Bright eyed and bushy tailed here Joyce! Well, as near as I can get to that at my age  

Good sleep was had - including several hours on the sofa.... 

BL - I heard Charlotte saying that too - he really must be a banana! 

I reckon some of those plums will still be there when I come home for my lunch chicky - if your two are anything like mine....

Have a great day everyone - whatever you're up to 


Posted: 16/08/2016 at 07:51

Very sad Daisy - heard it on the news when it happened too. A reminder of that fragile thread we all hang by.

BL -  I hope they retire Valegro now. It would be a shame to watch him deteriorate, although I doubt Carl would ever allow that. It would be a great high to go out on. The freedom and movement he has through his shoulders and front, especially in that extended trot, is sheer class.

I was going to say head and 'shoulders' above the others ... 


Posted: 15/08/2016 at 20:39

Hard not to be hooked isn't it SViolet ? 

I did cry Lantana...

Zebra wrangling at it's finest 

Hebe Margret all dried up

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 19:36

If it was at the back of the garden and you forgot about it - it maybe that it's been shaded out by something else too. Plants will dry out very quickly in pots.

It should be looking something  like this


Posted: 15/08/2016 at 18:59

BL -  and she just said yes to her boyfriend  

I've put something on the Olympics thread for anyone who wants a laugh- no need to be 'sporty' to understand it either  

Hebe Margret all dried up

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 18:34

Are the roots teased out wakeshine? Have you kept it well watered during the hot spells?  It's important to keep them watered well enough in a pot. A soil based compost is based for anything that's in a pot long term - ordinary compost will dry out very quickly. 

They're pretty trouble free plants usually. 

Just seen the pic - 

Alternatively - have you been overwatering? They need good drainage in pots - are the holes blocked?

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Posted: 15/08/2016 at 18:29

I think Bee twatting and Stabbing people for points are my favourites!  


Posted: 15/08/2016 at 18:28

Think you could be right about that match Yvie - the breaks of serve were incredible! Like a gladiatorial contest from the ancient Olympics - how fitting! 

I managed to stay awake at work - not sure what'll happen if I lie down after dinner....

Good to see you're hanging in there B'man - hugs from me and the little fairylets too 

Steve - fantastic!  Does Mo have to start getting worried.... 

It's such a good feeling when you achieve something you set out to do - especially if it's a bit outside your comfort zone. I used to run a bit when the girls were little  and initially couldn't get to the end of the road without needing oxygen, but like you say, very quickly you find you're doing half an hour fairly easily.  It's hard on the knees though. Hillwalking suits me better, even if I need two knee braces to do it! Challenging ourselves is what life is about. 

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