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The changing colour of Hydrangeas

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 18:37

Rowans are covered in berries round here. August is often autumnal for us - you can feel the change in the air even at the start of the month.

It's certainly cold enough today 15 degrees and very wet  

My white oak leaf Hydrangeas  are just starting to open and there's a bank of greeny/white ones (Limelight  possibly) near my last house which will be coming into their own soon. They look stunning en masse. Perhaps you could add a couple of white ones to extend your season benjy 

Quick hello from me

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 14:50

HI Chris - and Chris! 

Hope you enjoy the forum 

My poor lilac vs my boggy soil

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 14:47

Sorry for asking Jesse, but what's the reason for the garden being so wet? Do you have a lot of paving for instance, and therefore lots of run off? I rented a house a couple of years ago and that was the problem there. It had been totally slabbed and the area next to back of the house was also lower. Water just flooded down the sloping top part and gathered there. A neighbour told me it didn't used to be like that until a previous owner put all the paving down, and they'd had to put a soakaway at the adjoining boundary fence because it was causing them a problem. The lower area was stagnant, with rushes growing between the slabs. The best remedy would have been to turf the top area again to prevent so much run off, and probably dig out and gravel the lower part to avoid so much water gathering. 

Or make the low bit a pond or a bog garden - perhaps you could try that  

My poor lilac vs my boggy soil

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 14:28

Such is life Jesse! Plants like to keep us on our toes 

I'd agree with nut - it's usually best to go with the conditions you have. If the ground's always wet it will be difficult. See what it's like when you get it out -  if it's gone you can see it as an opportunity to try something else 

My poor lilac vs my boggy soil

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 14:14

Hi Jesse - you've certainly nothing to lose by taking it out just now as it's not looking too happy anyway. If your ground's wet and boggy, dig out a decent hole - two or three times the size you had - and fill with decent compost and plenty of  grit to aid drainage, and  if your lilac's still alive, replant it. Water in and then water only when it needs it - long dry spells -and once it's showing signs of new growth it should be fine. It doesn't look too lively though - it should have put on some good growth by now. 

The only thing I'd add is that you have them very close together. Lilacs make big shrubs/small trees, so I'd suggest you leave a much bigger space between them.  If it's not survived, you could follow the same advice and plant another one if that's what you'd like.  

Now there's irony

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 13:41

Yes Verd - irony. Like the cat having a **** on the border in my front garden - a few hours after I put down the teabags soaked in muscle rub  to keep them from doing just that 

The ****** had the cheek to come back later and do the same on the grass....all caught on video.... 

I need a 'smiley' with steam coming out the ears....

Help Fir trees Dying

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 13:35

Just  another  thought - the tree in the last pic, the right hand one - doesn't look great anyway Mike. You might be better removing it and planting something else instead to give you the screening you want.

Help Fir trees Dying

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 13:31

Hope you can resolve it Mike. It's always a shame if you have something mature which you'd like to keep, and it fails.

The pruning you've done -  clearing the lower trunk - will let more light in, which will benefit your grass. I originally thought you might have cut back into old wood which is a more common cause of conifers dying as they won't regenerate from old wood.

Help Fir trees Dying

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 13:25

Aah - I thought the trees were up against your boundary Mike, not in the middle of the lawn. The turfers should really have left a good circle of soil round them, so maybe that's the issue after all. I'd do what nut suggests and see what the trunk's like.

The 'berries' are just the seeds of the tree. 

Laburnum tree problem

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 13:19

Gavin - we have the same problem with rain here in Scotland!

Dove' right  - if the hole's not prepared with compost etc when planting, water can just collect in it, especially if you have clay soil. It dries out in hot weather and becomes solid and sticky in rain so needs some improving before planting anything.  Plants will sometimes take a while to show signs of damage.  However,  I'm just looking at your pic and I can see some dead grass in the background. Has there been weedkiller used in the area? It could have drifted onto the foliage.

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