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New garden prog just about plants

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 19:56

Have you had too many doughnuts today Verdi?  


Posted: 28/06/2015 at 18:55

They don't like too dry a soil Pat. I should have said that in my first reply. It's not a problem here in Scotland - never really short of the wet stuff at any time of year! 

If it's in the lee of house wall it will also be drier than a bed or border in a  more open site. If you can beef up the soil with some FYM that will also help. A good mulch in spring after a wet spell will help retain moisture too.

Deer oh Dear !

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 18:50

Good luck with it Renata. I think most people feel that rabbits are the most common creatures that do the most damage in gardens and 'aren't deer cute', but they're not remotely cute when they wreck everything you've worked hard to create. 

and as for badgers....

Hebe bushes

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 18:38

If they get too big and straggly they don't always come back too well after a brutal haircut, Lyn. The bigger the leaf size, the less tough they are usually. Best to do it in stages and see what happens. I've hacked back Red Edge successfully in a previous garden though, with no ill effect. 

Curmudgeon - they need to be trimmed lightly after flowering to keep them at their best. Not too big a hardship unless you have thousands! 

Camera Corner

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 18:33

I walked a bit more along the glen too RB - glutton for punishment 

Not all the hills are like that (fortunately!) and many people take a bike to save their feet and legs. I don't cycle so Shanks' pony it is....

Viburnum Tinnus Prunus looking poorly

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 18:28

Good there's no bugs.

Berghill's advice is spot on re adding lots of nutrition to the site. Lleyandii's a nightmare if it's been in there a while - nothing else survives round about it. Make sure the Viburnum's well watered during long dry spells till it's looking happier and putting on plenty of new growth. I'm sure it'll be fine. 

Plant ID and advice

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 18:17

Big and blousy christine 

At first I thought they were courgette flowers till I had a closer look 


Posted: 28/06/2015 at 17:47

Hebe bushes

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 17:46

Excess water was my thought too Verd. Perhaps a bit waterlogged in the pot? Check that the drainage holes aren't blocked. I had one in a pot at the front door of a previous house. In the lee of the wall so never got any of the winter wet we have here, and I never really looked at it. Survived well on neglect.  I have three Vernicosas in large terracotta pots just now. They get a feed when I remember - which is basically once a year if they're lucky- and rarely watered. Looking great just now.


Posted: 28/06/2015 at 17:41

No patience for plants with pests and diseases Verd  

I've never had any bother with vine weevils so I never think to use things like provado. Probably because we have such good growing conditions for them up here and they grow like weeds.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it...

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