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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 08:01
Hostafan1 says:

There are far more good people out there than bad.

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That's it in a nutshell Hosta.....and it' s what we all have to believe. If there's anything good to be taken from what's happened, it's the stories of those who went to help. As a parent - the thought of someone walking past my child when they were in need is the one that comes to my mind. The man in Hosta's queue is the kind of person I'd want to be around, or have in my life. 

Welcome TGG - I think I've seen you on other threads. 

Morning to everyone else and afties Pat - lovely pic. No blue skies here unfortunately.

Happy Birthday doc - sorry I managed to miss yours Clari. Let's all eat cake - it's a hard job, but someone has to take it on.

Better go and get organised for work. I'm all behind, like the coo's tail. I've not read back but I'll try and catch up later. Today's going to be a full on one I think. Have as good  a day as possible, everyone

Halls Prolific

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 20:36

It's difficult without photos 

Removing the damaged leaves is probably the best idea. They're more inclined to suffer from dry conditions than anything, but someone else may know of any pests or diseases which would cause the blackening. 

Poorly campanulas and questionable clematis!

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 20:32

The photos weren't there when I replied. 

The clematis are all too near the wall,/fence,  a bit near other plants, and are very immature specimens. They'll need a fair  bitof nurturing and time to get them to maturity. They need to be planted deeply too, to encourage plenty of stems from below, and the  soil needs to be in good heart for them to thrive .

The first one is going to struggle where it is - planted right  behind that shrub. I'd move that. Is that the one that's been inside? The armandii has probably had a bit of cold damage on newish foliage.

The geranium is a pelargonium by the look of it. They need warmth to start into growth. It's very early days for them. 

The campanulas don't look that bad. I'd clear all the weeds coming through though - they're competition for your plants.

Poorly campanulas and questionable clematis!

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 20:20

Arabella isn't really a climber - it's a herbaceous clematis. It scrambles through other planting. If you want it to give height, you'll have to gently tie in new growth onto a framework.

Anything that's been in  a conservatory for any length of time needs hardening off before putting outside. It's probably been knocked back by low temps.

What size was the jackmanii when you planted i? Clematis take several years to reach  maturity and need the right care and conditions  to get them to that stage.

There are masses of different campanulas - most need a fair bit of moisture. Which one have you got? Again - the size of the plant and the timing of planting it out are important. Young, soft growth is vulnerable, and with campanulas, slugs are a big problem at that point.  A small plant will take quite a lot of time to get to a decent size, but it does depend on the variety and your conditions.

Garden wall problem

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 19:16

What a t***er. Total bully. 

I think you need to take on board all the advice here ggranny. Stand your ground (if you'll pardon the semi pun) and make it clear you're paying for nowt, and you're not happy with the situation, and will be seeking legal advice. Sometimes that's enough to make them realise you're not a pushover. If the worst comes to the worst, you can disguise it, but don't let him browbeat you into paying for his wall.

Of course, some folk just think they can walk over others, and make their lives miserable if they don't get their own way. If he thinks you'r e easily intimidated, he'll just push his luck. If you have any family memebers or friends who can be with you for a bit of moral support, that might help. 

I wish you luck, and let us know your progress. We can offer some support, at least, if not actual, practical help. 

Flowering cherry tree - is it dying ?

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 19:01

What is the ground like round the base of the tree  Neal? Is it in the ground and relatively unrestricted? 

I ask because often trees are in pots, and that can affect the care and maintenance.   


Posted: 23/05/2017 at 18:57

The problem with something that grows 'very, very' quickly is that it keeps growing. It won't conveniently stop at a couple of metres. It also depends what you mean by quick growing. Eucalyptus will put on several feet a year, but it quickly reaches twenty feet. 

Mature shrubs are very difficult to get established unless you know what you're doing, so they're a false economy. Far better to buy them at around two or three feet as those will get away quicker.

Having said that - buddleia will grow several feet in a season and provide a screen, but they need pruning back hard each spring so you'd need to be able to access them. Most shrubs take a year or two to get their feet well down and put on growth. You would probably be better with some climbers to run along the fence - assuming it's your fence and not the neighbour's. They'd need some support for climbing on - wires on vine eyes, or trellis.

Alternatively, something like a beech or hornbeam hedge, which will get to decent height, but can be kept quite tight. They keep their foliage over winter as long as they aren' allowed to get more than about ten or twlve feet in height. 

Halls Prolific

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 18:21

I'd agree Borderline - when an issue appears, it hasn't necessarily been caused something that's happened recently. It can often be caused several months beforehand. In the same way that buds dropping on rhodies/camellias etc in spring are often caused by lack of moisture  in the previous summer.

Privet Hedge Dying

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 18:14

I know another forum member had issues with his well established privet hedge a couple of years ago. He's spent a lot of time removing it.

From what I can remember - it was diseased in some way, and once it starts spreading, it keeps going. In the same way box blight can be hard to stop once it takes hold.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 18:01

Absolutely doc. The people who went out of their way to help, and put themselves at risk, are the real heroes. We have to keep believing there are more of those people than the others. I've been telling myself that all day. 

In case anyone wants to donate - there's a JustGiving page for the families in Manchester. 

I'm afraid the faff and frills of Chelsea seem very insignificant today.  I can't get excited about any of it. Didn't see anything much that took my fancy, although I did feel there was a good predominance of 'green' which pleased me. It's the greatest colour for any garden, after all.

I went to bed before you posted Liri. Congrats to your family - a bit of brightness which has been needed today. 

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