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Latest posts by Fairygirl

bright green leaves

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 12:11

snappy snap snap! 

bright green leaves

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 12:11

I'm assuming the elder is Sutherland's Gold? If it's in too shady a position, the foliage will be greener . Dappled shade is the best site, with enough sun to keep the foliage golden. The more shade it has, the greener it will be. 

Can't help with the other shrub without knowing more B3 


Posted: 13/09/2015 at 12:02

And I am a laydee lily....

Nice to be back Hosta - although I could have done with another week  

Have you been up late partying again, you naughty boy? 

Wont go without a fight....

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 11:59

My older daughter had a talking doll when she was young. It terrified me. I think it had something wrong with the circuitry - it often made weird sounds when you walked past it, or spoke to you....

Reminded me of that puppet in that film with Anthony Hopkins  

compost bins

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 11:56

Hoeing or pulling it helps weaken it, but it's survived since the dawn of time so I think we're grasping at straws trying to eradicate it.Keeping it at bay is the best we can hope for!  

I only put annual weeds in the compost bin, anything more robust goes in the brown bin. Mine was ideal for the tomato plants to seed... I now have a couple of nice ones growing in the 'box' thingy on my back fence!  


Posted: 13/09/2015 at 11:49

Thanks Pat. Hope you're feeling well now after your bug 

I may put a few pix on the camera thread later. 

Another wash ready to go out. I'm still in holiday mode so finding it hard to motivate myself into doing anything! Even the grass doesn't really need cutting. I cut it the day we went away, and although it's been sunny, it's not been terribly hot or wet here, so it's not grown much. I may do some deadheading though. 

Will my white hydrangea stay white?

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 11:38

Many of the white varieties change colour at the end of their flowering season. I intended getting Limelight, but the change to peely-wally pink put me off. It's a colour I hate.

I have the oak leaf one - Quercifolia - and it stays white till the flowers go. Good autumn foliage colour too, although this year, it's only just flowering now!  

honeysuckle mildew

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 11:21

Amelanchiers are pretty robust so they shrug off most things Jo. That said, mildew can spread from one plant to another. It's mainly caused by dry conditions and poor air circulation, so improving the growing conditions can help prevent that. Honeysuckles need moisture at the roots so if they don't have that, they can be prone to mildew, especially after the summer.

I'm sure there will be a chemical way of solving the issue , but the best  solution is prevention.You can prune off any damaged branches of your shrub and keep it well watered in long, dry spells. Make sure there aren't too many other plants or shrubs crowding it and you should see an improvement.  Nothing you can do about the neighbouring honeysuckle, except pruning off any material that falls into your property. Perhaps you could have a word with the owners too  

Wont go without a fight....

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 10:54

Thankfully, I was too old for them, and my children were far too young. They have a habit of re introducing all these things to lure more generations into their extensive marketing world and part parents from their hard earned cash...

Or am I cynical? 

Youngest had a Tamagotchi...not for long. She neglected it and it went to the big scrap heap in the sky 

danphne Aureomarginata

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 10:49

Have you kept it watered Andrew? Anything in a pot needs more attention than in the ground, and even though this hasn't been a brilliant summer anywhere, potted plants dry out quickly and rainwater doesn't access the soil in a pot easily because of foliage. 

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