Latest posts by Fairygirl

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 18:28

eexpress- befuddled has been on here for advice re his hedge for a couple of years. He followed the advice and now has a grand hedge and has learnt quite a bit on the way. I find some of your comments about that advice to be slightly rude and dismissive, especially as that was your  first post on this forum 

I'm also guessing you don't live in the UK and your conditions might be very different. I certainly don't think any of the people asking for help are now going to start digging up the soil round their hedges.Generally, applying grass clippings is never a good idea in the UK as it tends to turn into a slimy mass or a solid barrier. 

I think it would be tricky anyway, as I think befuddled has artficial grass.....

Repotting an established Acer

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 16:52

Vickilam - usual advice is not to overpot them, so you would simply move them up a size, if that makes sense. For example - if they were in a ten inch pot, you'd put them into an 11 or 12 inch one. It makes it easier for them to get their roots out slowly. 

Clematis - is it dead?

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 16:45

Do you know what variety it is, and were the stems you moved all new growth, or exisiting, woody growth?

It's more than likely that you have damaged the stems carrying the growth you moved, even if you don't think you have. it's easily done. Which parts do you think are dead - is it all on the top, or is there damage lower down? 

A pic would really help too if you can manage it. Click on the camera icon top right and follow instructions. It helps if the photos are less than 2.5 MB so that they upload more easily. 

Rhododendron wilted/died?

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 16:41

We had a lot of cold, dry, hot, cold  weather, all in a hit and miss way this spring all over the country, which affected a lot of plants. Newly planted specimens often struggle more as they are frequently grown under more protected conditions. It could have been affected by that chopping and changing of climate, especially if it was a young or small plant.

Alternatively, if it was a bit pot bound and not thoroughly watered, or the roots teased out alittle on planting, that could have affected the growth.

As LilyPilly says though - a pic will help enormously 

Friend or foe - whose are these eggs?

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 16:36

Many plants just form a seedhead after the flowers finish, but it varies from plant to plant. Cosmos, just literally - go to seed! The flower changes from an obvious petal into the seeds you sowed earlier in the year. The only problem is, that if you leave every flower to do that, you'll get less flowers on the existing plant, as it will put it's energy into reproducing rather than making more flowers   

Many plants have  beautiful seedheads - pasqueflowers for example.  The seedheads are almost as nice as the flowers themselves. 

Stoney soil for new lawn

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 13:17

It's a big area hogweed. Bit pricey I think!

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 13:11

Although it's planted in the gravel in front of the bed, there's a Euphorbia in behind it doc  


Posted: 11/06/2017 at 13:07

Yes -  little green fruits 

Hardy geraniums - pruning

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 13:06

Stoney soil for new lawn

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 12:59

Yes - the rain will settle the soil and expose any stones Matt. That's kind of the problem.....

I think at some point, you have to accept you'll have stones. You can only take away so many. If you get it to the best state you can, then add some topsoil before seeding, I think that's the best you can do. As I mentioned before - the alternative is to get a digger in and remove everything to depth of a foot or two and then replace all the soil. Not really viable though is it?

Mine was done almost exactly two years ago and pretty much looked like your last pic. I added a bit of soil befoer sowing the seed. Sown in June and that pic was late July. I gave it it's first cut at that stage. I wouldn't really recommend doing it at that time of year, but with our level of rainfall, it wasn't too big a risk. Mine is only about 20 sq metres anyway.

It still looks good, but I feed it a couple of times through the year. Ironically, we've had the driest spring on record up here, but I've resisted the temptation to water it - goes against the grain when you live in the west of Scotland! 

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