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Frost damage

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 22:10

Mine is the same Elizabeth, and also in a large container. I leave the frosted leaves and it gives a bit of protection to new ones emerging underneath. By coincidence I looked at mine this evening and there's lots of new growth there. I removed any totally dead leaves a while ago and I'll remove the remaining blackened, damaged bits as the temps improve and the new growth gets going. I do very little to mine - a seaweed feed in summer and watered thoroughly during long dry spells. 

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 22:05

Dave - I moved to this house just over 2 years ago. Late in that summer I moved a shed and all the planting next to it. One of those plants was an established laurel about 5 feet high and similar breadth. It required severe butchering to get it out and was a sorry looking sight about 12/15 inches in size and pretty bare- just hefty branches. It sat in a pile of rough soil over winter and spring until I eventually planted it in a corner last summer. It's now fully regenerated, double the size and I'd expect it to easily grow a couple of feet this summer. They're tough as old boots and once they get going, there's no stopping them 

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 20:47

I'd agree with you Hostafan. It has to be seen merely as entertainment, and it's simply capitalising on a current winning formula. If it gets people interested in gardening then it's no bad thing of course but I worry that the participants think they'll be able to just go out the next day and compete with the 'big boys' on an equal footing.  It's like X factor etc - at best, misleading for the majority, and at worst,  likely to lead to serious disappointment. 


Posted: 14/05/2015 at 19:38

I just stick a fleece on KEF 

Just having some dinner then going back out briefly to mortar in some of the paving at the back gate which will contain the gravel on the new path. Hoping to get  bit of proper planty type gardening at the weekend but the weather's looking dire. No hillwalking either by the look of it   

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 19:26

Sorry for taking so long to reply Dave. I'd expect a laurel planted at around 3 feet to be about 6 to 8 feet  within a couple of years or so, assuming the conditions and site are suitably prepared. Once established, they grow very rapidly.  


Posted: 14/05/2015 at 17:03

Still have the heating on in the mornings KEF - and sometimes for a while at night too  We still have a cold wind even if it's sunny. I'd rather have that than lashing rain though - think that's coming here tomorrow 

I've sown nothing - yet. I dare say they'll catch up though- in November...

Must go out and do something before I have to think about dinner 

Please Help.... Nasty Weed

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 16:55

DT - look on the bright side - you won't need a gym membership by the time you've finished with it!  


Posted: 14/05/2015 at 16:41

Always a problem with tulips - bad weather appears at the wrong moment. Planting bulbs where they'll get support from emerging perennials or small shrubs is a good way of dealing with it. 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 16:37

Lovely pix W'song and fidget 

Some beauties on the previous pages too - isn't it uplifting when the weather starts to improve and gardens suddenly  take off.

I have loads of blossom on one apple - the other one is struggling a bit - didn't cope so well in a pot as the other but hopefully it will come away. 

Great strong colour on that Geum David 


Posted: 14/05/2015 at 16:29

Not me fidget! Must be Liri  

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