Latest posts by Fairygirl

What's wrong with my ivy?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:59

Hey Lou - if your feet have recovered from the marathon, you could always nip along and give Barnstar a hand with it...

I quite like ivy, but it has to be managed in a more confined garden. If you have room to let it have free reign, it's a great habitat for all sorts of creatures, especially birds. 

backen fern

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:56

It's one of nature's survivors tidygardener.

Along with dandelions, cockroaches and Cher....as the old joke goes  


Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:54

What does the rest of the plant look like? It could be down to the site you have it in - soil conditions or unsuitable aspect for instance. Manure applied which isn't properly rotted could be another reason. Weather is often the reason for some discolouration in foliage too.

More info will also help with further advice  

backen fern

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:48

Hi Claire, I'd try Resolva. Easily the best weedkiller.

Alternatively, keeping hacking it back to the ankles as soon as new growth appears to gradually weaken it.

Having said that, bracken is an almighty opponent - it's been around since the dinosaurs. It reigns supreme in the hills here and is usually around four to five feet high at this time of year. Delightful when it's wet!  

Hydrangea Help

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:43

Shade and moisture is what they need. The clue's in their name - hydra means water. It's a very sad looking specimen just now. I'd lift it from there and get it back in a decent pot with soil, not just compost, water it thoroughly and often, and keep it somewhere shady to recover. 

If it does, and it should, let it mature a bit and then find the right place for it to be planted  

Where's GA ?  

Perfume Princess Daphne

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:01

Hi Tracey - I'd guess that it's just a bit of transplant shock. It's quite common for plants to shed a few leaves when they're newly planted in a different environment. 

If it doesn't perk up and produce some new growth in the next couple of weeks, there might be something to worry about then. If you've given it the requirements it needs, I think it's just a case of being patient for a little while  

Grass seed hasn't worked. What have I done wrong?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 19:57


What's wrong with my ivy?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 19:54

Hi Barnstar, I'm not sure there's that much wrong, especially as it's  a mature plant. I just remove any dead or damaged leaves on mine. It's normal on evergreens of any kind to shed some foliage, and often it's simply down to weather, and/or temperatures. A bit of damage by insects, pests etc is also common, but it's unlikely to trouble a mature ivy. 

Unless there are huge areas dying off, I wouldn't be too worried  


Posted: 27/06/2016 at 19:46

I used the ignore button before too Yvie, but everything went haywire with the forum updates and it's reverted. Actually, in this instance, I'm glad. It's someone I intended reporting a long time ago,but gave them the benefit of the doubt, hoping  it would improve  

Have you put the WHOLE world to rights Dove?  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 19:27

Lovely pix of your garden Tabitha. Your greenhouse will start up some serious 'greenhouse envy'  

I'm first in the queue!  

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