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Mind the gap!

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 20:42

I'm afraid you have to be patient. Plants grow at their own rate - especially shrubs. The better the soil, the healthier the plant, and the quicker it puts on growth.  You'll probably have to move those paeonies and the buddleia in another year as they'll all be jostling for room. The borders don't have much depth, so you really don't have a lot of room. All those things get quite sizeable - including the paeonies if they're happy.

Perennials are what you need to fill gaps, or annuals as hogweed suggests. Perennials will need dividing and replanting every few years because they'll also become quite large in time.  In autumn, you could plants some bulbs for spring - especially under the deciduous shrubs like the spirea. Crocus and narcissus are all perfectly happy in those situations, inexpensive, easy to grow and readily available.

Hydrangea discoloured leaves

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 20:32

New leaves will appear Stephen so you don't really need to do anything. Those ones will drop off. You could prune off (very carefully) the damaged leaves as they die back, but I would leave them unless they become very unsightly.


Posted: 24/05/2017 at 18:34
Dovefromabove says:
Just found seven ladybirds on one rose bush, some of them were making more ladybirds See original post

 Ooh err....  

I seem to have quite a few ladybirds - one appeared yesterday when I was potting on some little seedlings. It's a  gradual process Pink lily - but sometimes you get a big infestation at this time of year when you get loads of new growth suddenly. Clematis are pretty susceptible. You can wipe a fair bit of them off if you're inundated ( which helps the plants )and keep some for the predators. 

The blue and great tits are also great for keeping the greenfly etc in check. If you can get them into the garden, you'll see a difference. I have the cleanest,  'most aphid free' apple trees  in the country 

A Few May Flowers

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 18:27

Lovely photos as always Berghill.  Nice to see so much of your garden in bloom. I love the little saxifrages   

We're a bit behind up here, but the drier, milder winter has brought a few things on earlier. My Niobe has just opened the first flower - a couple of weeks earlier than usual. Must get out with the camera.


Posted: 24/05/2017 at 18:21

Ah - the s**t stirrer returns!  Quelle surprise  

I think we should all press ignore on this one.   

Bog Plants

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 17:49

How big a space do you have to fill?

B'cupdays has pretty much covered it, but I'll add Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum) which will grow well in damp soil, although it prefers a bit of shade, but other planting could provide that. Astilbes are the same. Don't forget that many marginals will also grow in a bog garden - Caltha for starters, although it can spread a fair bit if it's happy. I love my Ligularia which is in a similar spot, but it's currently about 60 to 70 cm wide and high, so it will take up a bit of room. It depends on the variety though. 

Plant I.D.

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 17:40

The  rapid growth is really just because the season's getting underway and everything is making hay while the sun shines! 

The difficulty with trying to ID plants of any kind is that you need a view of the whole thing - a close up of just the flowers, for example, can often be a bit misleading. Try looking at some images of both plants - the whole thing - and you'll be able to see the difference in the growth habit 

Don't worry about it too much either, Tailz - you'll be able to prune it back to a manageable size. If you need help with that, it's no problem. Plenty of people will assist .  We might not actually bring the secateurs though....

Privet hedge dropping leaves?

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 12:48

Although we'reinclined to think they're evergreen, they aren't. Have you got some of the yellow variety in there? It's less robust anyway. They thrive on plenty of water, so if you've experienced the drier spells thathave been present recently, it may just need a good drink.

Tidy the excess leaves away, and drench it, add a little general fertiliser, and mulch it with something to help retain the moisture. 

When you trim, try and keep the bottom of the hedge a little wider than the top too. The bottoms of stems can get shaded out a bit if the hedge is too upright. 

Discouraging Starlings

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 12:44

Ken - tell the local authority you've seen rats running through your garden. You might get a reaction from them then.  

Spiraea arguta

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 12:27

I've just hacked one of mine back as I'm moving it. You really can't go too far wrong with them.

They naturally go up, and then 'fall' outwards, so prune it to the way you want, but keep that shape in mind so that it looks fairly natural. At this time of year, it'll quickly produce new growth  

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