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Shrub conifer turned brown this month

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 20:13

Think you may be right nut - looks like one of the Thujas - occidentalis is that kind of shape and habit I think.  Lots of conifers colour up over winter Paul, but they revert to their 'normal' colour when spring comes. I don't think that one's reverting any time soon  - I reckon that's terminal unfortunately. I had a juniper which turns from green to golden over winter, but it never went green again in spring so it had to get chucked. 

Look on it as a chance to plant something new and different! 


Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:10

I'll send eldest fairy down to you KEF - I just glaze over when she starts talking about techie stuff 

Leaking pond liner

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:04

Oh - but you need to put some pix on to let us all see how it looks! 

It's always of great interest to anyone making a pond gsd&f. No matter what type it is, others can learn a lot from your experience and I expect someone will ask you for advice as to how you did certain things. 

PS Bradshaws are excellent - I've used them before and would definitely use them again if I needed anything for a new project.


Posted: 26/07/2014 at 17:57

Only putting my feet up now bekkie! Done quite a bit outside but the rain's appeared so I finished what I was doing and came in. Grass cut earlier,some re jigging of a few things and some planting, painting and  deadheading so quite pleased. 

Still quite humid, but much cooler, so good for digging and lugging things about. Don't feel guilty Pauline - I've done a lot of that recently. It's very frustrating when you have a lot to do though. Daisyhc - I'm the same - no walking for ages and I badly need to do it - clothes are far too tight. My muffin tops are more like gateau tops these days.

Near the end of winter 2012/2013, I bought a pair of trousers for work in the usual size. I was horrified when I put them on and they were nowhere near fastening. I moved house and because it was really cold, and I couldn't do anything gardening wise, I went out almost every day after work and within a couple of months the trousers were fine.

Curing my hedge? - Dying in parts

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 15:01

Privet's pretty indestructable Robert so it should grow back. If you're trying to keep it narrow to stay behind the path, you will tend to make it look a bit bare because you'll constantly be cutting back into older growth. Once it greens up try just to trim lightly at that side to avoid that. It's probably not had much attention before so it's quite normal for the inside of the hedge to get a bit bare, and you've just exposed that by giving it a good haircut! Try clearing as much debris away from round the base and giving it a good watering as it's likely to be pretty dry there, and mulch with some fresh compost. A general granular feed (like blood, fish and bone) after cutting for the first time each year is beneficial when the area it's in is quite restricted like that. Ideally, you would let it have a bit more space to grow at it's best, but I'm sure it will come away and look fine. I once had a privet hedge which had been allowed to get far too big for where it was, a few feet from the front window of a flat, so I hacked it back to the ankles. By the following year it had all greened up and I could keep it at a more appropriate size. 

Shrub conifer turned brown this month

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 14:45

Try googling Chamaecyparis pisifera (false cypress) Paul, to see if any of the pix look similar - some of those have softer foliage and there's a lot of golden varieties which are quite common. There are so many conifers and firs it can be hard to pinpoint the exact variety, but Verdun's advice is sound anyway, whichever one it is. 

Sometimes it's quite nice to know what you have though! 

When and how to liven up my leggy lilacs, help please

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 11:32

I've always wanted the white one but never got round to it. They prefer a more alkaline soil and mine's neutral, but I think I'd get away with it, and there's plenty of the purple varieties growing well enough round here so I may be tempted! 

Miserable peony

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 11:27

I've moved conifers in the summer - I moved a 4 foot one years ago without a problem. I just watered it well before and after. We usually get a lot of regular rain through the summer which helps, but as long as you're vigilant it can't be any worse than it's current site if it's unhappy. If it's a big plant, it might be worth cutting back some foliage by half to avoid additional stress.

They're lovely plants aren't they, even if they don't have a long flowering spell. 


Posted: 26/07/2014 at 11:22

I always dead head but they don't re flower in my experience wrightt. 

What do you do with baby foxgloves and lupins?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 11:15

I've got some new foxgloves at the same stage Yvie - they're going to be planted out in the next few days, and as Lyn  says, just make sure they aren't thirsty in this dry weather. They'll be well established by next spring. The lupins will fill those pots very quickly but they'll be better able to withstand the slug/snail onslaught if they're bigger, stronger plants to plant out next year. 

 I've only bought lupins as mature plants from a nursery or GC when I had them previously, and I don't grow them any more, but that's interesting about them not being hardy in their first year as a seed grown plant Lyn. I suppose it makes sense - they have very soft growth so they're vulnerable, and I would automatically overwinter small plants to get sturdier before I'd plant them out.  


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