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Posted: 12/06/2016 at 11:21

No one here is  over 27 Kitty...we just stay in limbo...

You know what they say about gardeners anyway ....we don't die, we just go to pot....

hornbeam leaves being eaten?

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 11:04

I'm sure it'll be fine Simon. Lovely hedge - hornbeam's one of my favourites 

Watering newly planted Honeysuckle

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 11:02

Morning Sheps  

No need to add extra feed if you've done the B,F & B. That will keep them going for a good while, especially as there's no competition from other plants just now  

Decent rain will water them well too - it would be different if you had a lot of 'canopy' or other, lower planting that prevented the rainwater  penetrating. Often people think they don't need to water pots, for instance, if it's been raining, but they don't realise the dense foliage prevents it getting through. Plants like Hostas and Fatsias can suffer too as the water just rolls off the leaves.


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:57

I would have been in my bed well before you Kitty. I've never really been able to do late nights.

Even when I was a lot younger than 27.....

Hope you feel better today Dove. Brekkie sounded good. I haven't had any yet. I've kind of forgotten... 


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:54

I do too Dove - not noticed any here yet. Fascinating little creatures and completely harmless. My oldest daughter loved looking at them when she was little 

hornbeam leaves being eaten?

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:38

Hi Simon - it looks like caterpillar damage, although I don't know which one. Have you noticed any caterpillars on it?  Hornbeam is usually fairly trouble free. I'd expect a mature hedge like yours would be able to withstand a bit of damage though.


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:20

It's mainly been that fine stuff Joyce - but obviously been on for several hours through the night and still on when I got up. It was quite steady at that point.  Off now, but there's a good inch or so in an empty pot under my bench, and the little bird bath is pretty full - it's about 3/4" deep.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:12

I know what you mean Wonks. It's all very well the blurb saying 'grows to around 1 metre' or whatever, but it isn't always the case, as you've found out!  

Getting to know your plot and conditions is all part of it too. Always a learning curve.

Doesn't help if you buy wrongly named plants either - as I've just realised with the Philadelphus I've got...  

Watering newly planted Honeysuckle

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:08

It's one of those tricky things Sheps - watering any  new plant - and it often comes down to experience.

A thorough soaking on planting, then weekly or thereabouts in dry spells ( theoretically this time of year)  unless it's pouring with rain. As yours are in raised beds, they may dry out more quickly, so if the soil feels very dry when you stick your fingers in, you may need to soak them every few days.   A mulch will also help prevent the soil drying out. You just have to judge by how the plant looks as well.

Honeysuckle is a woodland plant and likes shade below and reasonably damp soil so you may have to water more often. It depends what you filled the beds with too - you need a reasonable amount of soil rather than compost to help retain moisture. 

Your garden

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 09:52

Ppauper - I just had a google too in case I'd seen something else and not a PL. It seems we now get Commas up here and it's possible it could have been that. I didn't see it closely either - just enough to see the paler orange and I made an assumption. I thought it was early to be seeing any of the usual suspects but it has been warmer here than normal. I'd be really excited if it was a Comma  

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