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Hydrangea macrophylla

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 06:09

Í think the leaves have been battered by wind, rain and cold weather in general. To me this doesn't look like a shortage of potassium.

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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 16:45

@ Geoff, yes you will be passing it.....but only by boat as we're on the other side in the province of Limburg. I do have a very tall step ladder so I 'll try my best that day. You might run into my cousins though, they both have been living there since their studies at the University of Amsterdam.

@ Kate, no I wouldn't want to wear a hat either as they give me headaches, so no Ascot for me then.

OK, dinner time.  

Help with poorly pear tree please!

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 16:37

I agree with Alina, could be pear rust. IMO this could also be caused by the Pear Leaf Blister Mite so I think that a photo could enlighten us all, if that 's possible.

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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 16:20

@ Kate, Oooow that 's a relief, now I only need to find my hat..... should I ask Alice?

@ Geoff, now that is Spain for you. Garden centers overthere are famous for their dresses    BTW, aren't you coming to Holland soon? If you can do visit the Floriade but make sure the weather is nice otherwise it can be very dissappointing.     

Staking a Tree

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 16:10

Most trees only need staking for a year or two. With a Birch tree I would try to keep it there as long as possible as Birch's have a very shallow root system. Do check the tie regularly as these are fast growing trees and re-new when it becomes to tight.  

The tree will not straighten itself so if you want yours to be straight you'll need to tie it to the current stake, or elongate the stake and then tie the tree to it.

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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 15:57

Hi Inka, glad to meet you on this thread again. How's life in your beautiful corner of the world? Hope the sun comes shining through for you. I find that grey mornings - unless it's raining - are often followed by sunny afternoons.

I love Amaranthus', especially in a large bouquet  with (wild) summer flowers and grasses. 

@ Kate, isn't that the normal time for stembeans to flower? I would think that the leaves have to do with the weather off late and the beans are doing their usual thing. 

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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 15:40

No footy, I do not like it at all, never have. As a child I had to watch it every Sunday when we went to my Grandparents so now I see as little footy as I can. We did get some of these orange firework-things and had planned to use them when the Dutch team lost but we both fell asleep so couldn't annoy the neighbours.

Mmm, a dress.....to be honest, I never wear one so it 'll probably something with linnen trousers.

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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 14:57

Job is going very well yes, thanks Geoff  and Kate. Won't be a stranger but until we've had that wedding it's gonna be somewhat quieter on my part. But at te moment I'm still reading all those messasges I've missed; I did read that I can congratulate Lottie on her birthday, Lilylouise is very busy with getting her garden ready, Geoff is getting some male support but need more catching up to do...

Diner prep now as I'd like to do some gardening this evening; we're having fresh spinach and meatloaf . Strawberries, blueberries and banana in vanilla yoghurt for afters, yum yum.

We do have french beans that are only two feet tall (small) but they are mainly grown by the farmers, flowers are a good sign. 

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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 13:51

At last!! I found you all. I thought everyone was very busy in their gardens until last Friday when I looked at this thread and saw how many responses there had been, doh.  I haven't been on here for a while cos I have been very busy with my new (almost perfect) job  and of course preparations for the wedding of SIL/child in care. OH will be "giving her away" and so more things to do as he and I will be needing some new clothes.

The weather today is fine even though the sun isn't shining that much, with temps of about 21C and no wind at all at the moment. But we have been promised gusty winds and heavy thunderstorms for Thursday. Just hope that it all will pass us by otherwise we might be stuck -  just like two years ago - and this is not something that is normal in a flat country ours.

re Sweet peas -  OH found the tiniest sweet pea I'd ever seen the other day. When I asked him where he'd found it he said it was growing at his worksite. It was heavily scented and I did ask for some seed pods but today he rang and told me it had been attacked by a mower.... Hopefully it will re-grow or has self seeded.

No leaves on tree yet

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 12:27

Hi Maricia,

Your Liquidambar 'Gumball' should have produced lots of healthy leaves by now, and to me the most obvious reason why it didn't is that the tree could be planted too deep.

Normally trees should be planted at the same depth as they were growing at the nursery because they need their uppermost roots to be just under the surface in order to get enough oxygen. Even if it's planted only a few inches too deep the tree will struggle. Please check the depth of the uppermost roots.

Another possibility is that the trunk has been damaged in any way. Could you try and upload photos of the situation? I would also like to know what soil the tree has been planted in.

BTW, I'm also living in the Netherlands so if you're not too far away I could come over and check your tree out if you would like me to. 

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