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Sorry looking Hebe

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 17:24
Sheps says:

No, not Greenfly, Fairy...just had a look at one under the magnifying glass and it looked like a Frog / Leafhopper, but they have been around all Winter, whenever I have brushed against any of the plants loads would fly into the air.


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They're lovely little things really - my oldest daughter was fascinated by them when she was little 

Some (non variegated) Hebes will respond well to pruning if they have dead areas, but some don't. It's a question of trial and error sometimes. The bigger leaved varieties are also less hardy than the smaller leaved ones. A spell of cold weather at minus five or more will often see them off. A couple of mine looked a little borderline this winter, but they survived. 

Sorry looking Hebe

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 16:21

I take it they weren't just greenfly Sheps? Could be froghoppers - too early here for most insects to be out and about, but if it's froghoppers, they don't really do any harm. Is there a frothy little bundle on any of the stems? They form inside that. 

Evergreen in most places (most of the time I expect ) but a hard winter can see them off unless they're in the right conditions, and even then, they can succumb. 

Cold on it's own is ok as long as they have sharp drainage, and it's not for a long spell, but a combo of cold and wet is a problem. Variegated plants of any kind are usually less robust than their self coloured relations. 

Sorry looking Hebe

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 15:42

Hi Sheps  

The variegated ones tend to be a bit less hardy than the 'self coloured' varieties, so they do sometimes get a bit weather damaged, especially with frosts. You can trim them back, but it might be best to wait till there's a spell with no likelihood of frost, as any soft new growth will be susceptible. It often means sacrificing a few flowers, but it's worth doing.

The variegated ones can be short lived up here because they can't cope with the winters so easily, although that's cold, wet ground more than anything. Difficult to keep the drainage right for them.  I rarely grow those now - too much bother! 

Little worms in water butt!

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 15:04

If you read the whole thread, which isn't very long,  you'll get the info, pezza. It's all there in a few posts  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 15:01

Liri - perhaps there really is a hand as well.... 

Cheers Dove - will look and reply  

Funniest thing I've seen in ages Hosta!  I was also strangely drawn - but to the banana slicer on the right...Really? I mean REALLY? Has the world gone mad?   

Choosing position for Acer Dissectum in container.

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 14:50

I didn't mean 'build' a wall or fence! I meant use what is already in your garden  

Sorry if it seemed ambiguous. 

If you consider what the climate up here in Scotland is like, and that we can grow Acers extremely well , that will give you some clues 

Plenty of rain, plenty of wind and plenty of cold, and sun that's rarely too hot. Some of those things work against you. Make the drainage sharp if there's plenty of rain. Make the shelter adequate  if there's plenty of wind. The cold soil isn't an issue really ( and they don't need acid soil - neutral is fine)  - they're tougher than most people realise. As Iain says - they're not from warmer climes, so consider that when choosing a site. 

Coastal locations are always more difficult for them (salty, drying winds)  as Verdun has indicated. It's really the old standard  of - right plant, right place, but if you haven't got that naturally, that's the beauty of pots, as you can move them to the right spot. Acers are also great pot specimens, unlike many other shrubs and plants, so it's nearly always possible to grow them whatever your location or conditions  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 14:25

Afties all - a fleeting visit this morning. I hadn't forgotten the alarm Dove - I was posting on another thread, and I'm a bit slow when I do it using the thingy on the keyboard....

Will there be cake chicky?  

I hate clothes shopping SGL - thank goodness for the t'interweb! 

Re Inverary - Glen Fyne, which you pass en route,  just before the famous Oyster Bar, is particularly well named. I've enjoyed many walks there, whether doing the Munro at it's far end, or anything else 

Looking at one of the Corbetts between Crianlarich and Callander, Liri, but will check weather and make a decision later.

LP- whenever anyone mentions Loch Awe, I'm reminded of a phrase often used by the brother of my ex,  who went fishing regularly. 'Loch Awe? Loch **** Awe, ye mean....' (Scottish accent required for that!)

Manky day here. Can barely see to the end of the road with the smirry wet stuff falling. Not much colder than yesterday's sun (about 6 just now) as the wind dropped the temp. Would much rather have that than the wet though.  I got a pic of the sky the other morning as the sun came up,  which I didn't get round to posting. Reminds me of Bowie - 'a crack in the sky and a hand reaching down to me'. Raindrops on the window, but it's still quite a nice view 

Bird ID please

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 08:13

Meadow pipits look like this Obs 

Long tailed tits are usually in small flocks and are very distinctive. Small round fluffy bodies. Their tails don't really 'wag' but they wave a bit, only of the way they move and feed. Gorgeous little things.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 08:06

Morning all/afties Pat - if you're there, I haven't looked back - too  much reading!

Hope anyone who's still a bit 'lurgy laden' , or generally low,  is a bit better today 

Nice here yesterday although the noisy wind woke me at 6 as it was quite brisk. Temps weren't the dizzy heights of those in the south though, but I did get some washing almost dried outside in the wind 

Cloudy today but dry for now - and it's to be ok tomorrow apart from early fog and rain, so I might get out somewhere.

LP - the best weather has been during the week while I'm at work - which is highly frustrating. Inverary is lovely.

Better go and organise myself - Friday already  -  so will catch up with you all later. 

Have a grand day 

Choosing position for Acer Dissectum in container.

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 07:59

It's actually lack of moisture at certain times of year (mainly spring and summer)  that causes leaves to frazzle at the ends, so make sure it doesn't dry out - that's the single most important thing. 

They're best in dappled shade too. Like Camellias - early morning sun after frost can be an issue, so shelter it from that sort of position - other planting, walls and fences etc will do that. It's the  of the prevailing wind that matters, so look at the various areas in your garden and choose the best one according to your own site. Wind can be drying as well as damaging so take that into account. Just saying east or west etc can be misleading, as you can create the right area for an acer in any garden and in any aspect. 

They're perfectly happy in sunnier spots if they have those prime requirements. 

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