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Beech Hedge is not too happy ...

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 14:09

Okay, can't edit, so... of course, it is possible that the hedge IS just shutting down early.

Beech Hedge is not too happy ...

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 14:06

Did you perhaps have any heavy machinery come in your garden this last year? Or has there been any digging done in the area where the hedge is growing? The rootsystem could have been compressed or damaged.

Also, are there any spots where the water doesn't drain away after heavy rain? Then there is a possibility that the layer of clay is too dense and forms kind of a "pool" down where the rootsystem is.

I agree with Clueless that you shouldn't feed a stressed plant; it causes them to grow while they need all of their reserves to save themselves. Just keep it well watered and give it a mulch ( do keep away from the stems) so the soil doesn't dry out.

Hope your hedge picks up again as these hedges are so valuable to wildlife and so beautiful.

Not What I Thought!

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 13:06

I'm quite sure it is a Davidia as it resembles the specimens I have planted myself when working at a tree nursery ( worked there fore more than a decade). It's possible that it is the variety vilmoriniana, as it is always difficult to judge plants and trees from photos because you can't see or feel the fine details.

I know that there is a specimen at Kew Gardens, where they also have very knowledgeable staff. I'd say ask them.


Not What I Thought!

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 08:31

This is Davidia involucrata, the Handkerchief Tree. It's a georgeous tree but it does take a while before you can enjoy it's flowers ( which look like small handkerchiefs), about ten years!!

If you want to keep the tree it would be advisable to move it from that spot because it will eventually reach to 12 m/ 38 ft. You can, of course, keep it at the height it is now, but in that case you'll hardly get any flowers at all. If you wish to move it, you can do so after the leaves have fallen but make sure that there's a rootball of about 50 cm in diameter, otherwise the roots might possibly dry out.


Should my honeysuckle look like this

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 16:30

Nutcutlet and Silver Surfer are right, it is a Salix species. Most likely it's Salix caprea, also known as Goat  Willow. They can grow up to 9m (28ft) and need a lot of water, as most willow do. In the Netherlands they are ripped out of the garden as soon as people know what it is as it has an infamous reputation of growing it's roots in the drainage system which can and will be destroyed when the tree grows bigger.

Help to plant new sloping borders

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 15:26

They started with small plants ( in 3 liter pots) in 2001 and in about 5 years the weedproof fabric underneath had been covered completely. I noticed that Nutcutlet recommended the variegated Euonymus', and IMO they would look very good together with the Cotoneaster if planted in large drifts.    

Is this a Weed?

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 16:45

Yes, PeterE17 is right, it is Pentaglottis sempervirens.

Plant identification

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 11:09

Could be Scilla litardierei, in that case. According to Anna Pavord it flowers in late April and since we've had such a cold Spring it could well be that it flowered later than it normally does or should do.

I think they're lovely and having seen these, I'm going to order some for my own garden, as well as the Prospero ( love the name). Thanks for showing them, Norman D!

Plant identification

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 10:56

Ah, I missed that Nutcutlet, thanks for letting me know. I'll have another look in the book then.

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