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Laurel hedge.....again!!!

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 22:06

The prep is the most important thing Danny so you're starting out the right way . A good general fertiliser like Blood, Fish and Bone is ideal - sprinkle a bit in with your soil and some extra compost to give the plants a good start. Laurel will come in pots rather than bare root so you can plant any time of year unless the ground is frozen or very waterlogged. Plant about 2/3 feet apart as they get to a good size very quickly. I'd buy them no bigger than about 3' as they'll establish quicker and grow better than taller ones. Water in well - a good canful for each plant - and mulch with bark or compost afterwards to retain moisture, especially if you're planting soon. Keep the area weed free so that there's no competition for nutrients and water, and water well in dry spells until they get going. Stand back and watch them grow 

Is this a Clematis?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 21:56

Niobe is a good deep red OL, and Rouge Cardinal is a deep claret red and a good performer .

There are loads though.

Unknown Conifer

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 21:49

Thuja occidentalis Degroot's spire has a spiralling habit. Try googling that to see if it's similar.  There are so many conifers, yews and  pines etc that it would be very difficult to get an exact match. If you can remember where you bought them, perhaps you could ask there? If it's a nursery they might be able to come up with a few suggestions.

Is this a Clematis?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 21:29

It's vital you have more OL...and you will find a space if you try hard enough...


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 21:26

Yup - spent flowers will waste the plant's energy as it will want to form seedheads, so removing the heads encourages the plant to keep making flowers. Keeps them looking tidy too.

Were they the dwarf kind that flower in late winter/early spring or the dutch Iris that flower just now barry? Leave all the foliage to die down before removing and if they're in pots you can  just put  them aside somewhere quiet till next year. If they're in borders or beds just remove the foliage once it's all died back. It feeds the bulbs for the following year.

Agapanthus pest

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:51

Have you seen how high they climb? 

I had a large snail climbing up one of my blackthorn hedging whips - three feet up at least. He's gone  to the great snail graveyard in the sky....

I don't know if earwigs eat  Agapanthus - Dahlias are the usual targets but someone else here might know if that's a possibility. It may be worth looking that up on t'interweb to check.

Perennial Indentification

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:47

Phill-  you must try and get a pic and put us all out of our misery! 

Watercress? Yes!

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:30

I've used it in ponds on several occasions, standing water and spring fed ones - great for clearing algae although I have been criticised for saying so on here... Self seeded readily as you say nut.

BBee - I think as long as the water doesn't get sour in any way, it will be fine. I could just put some straight out in the garden here - with the amount of rain we've had it would be fine! 


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 18:40

That reminds me fidget - I promised Gardengirl a white buddleia. I haven't seen her on here for a while though.  I  lost a few over winter as everything blew away so I don't have that many and the labels all came out the pots too....

I'm quite enjoying the downpours for a similar reason - keeps the feral brats indoors. 


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 18:28

I'll look forward to that doc 

My Canna is miles away from flowering but it's grown loads. I like them, and used to have several, but they  succumbed to bad weather and several house moves. This garden is very exposed so I may put off getting more till I get a good spot for them. 

Should really do something about dinner since no one else in the house is offering...

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