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Year-old photinia "red robin" hedge looking sick

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 13:34
Vine weevil grubs? I know you've checked roots, but it only takes a couple to decimate the trunk roots of a plant, which then literally fades and dies in a couple of days...I should know

Is my garden shady?

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 09:20

Hi Nitram,

 

its a fabulous exposure - I have that in part of my garden too.

agree with salino- I have some sun lovers in that exposure and they're very happy.

depending on what colours you like, try some of the cranesbill pernennial geraniums - they love partial shade. Also astilbes (they come in many different shades, huecheras (ditto for colours), acers, irises, ferns, some camellias, some roses and clematis varieties...the possibilities are endless! 

Actually, the hottest sun is from 1/2pm onwards, so your plants will need to be quite happy with that as they'll have more hours in the sun than out.

Name that shrub

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 20:43

Photo please 

Name that shrub

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 18:56

 Me too

pests ID needed please!

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 18:35

Thanks Dave - will do. Bloomin' pests...

pests ID needed please!

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 14:29

Blimey Muddy - that's not good news Am I best off chucking them out, do you think, before they spread, or do they tend to prefer certain plants over others?

many thanks for your advice.

pests ID needed please!

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 13:32

Hello,

I'm a bit stupid when it comes to identifying these pests - never had them before.

I'm attaching some photos, in the hope somebody has been there before!

The Rudbeckia was doing so well up until a week ago and most of the leaves are now damaged.

The Hebe has some dried, brown-edged leaves around the outside of the plant mainly and has lost the freshness it had a while ago. same with the 

The rosemary, marjoram, plus some thymes and other smaller shrubs, all have a strange spotty yellow appearance on the leaves.

What's going on?! 

Also, I have been cleaning up those revolting little yellow/green grubs that sit in a little hammock of what looks like spit (!), in the crook of a plant stem, all week - they are everywhere. They hatch into a flying insect I think, but I can't recall the name. Thought they were harmless to plants though? 

Help!


 


 


 


 


 


 

 

japanese acers

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 15:50

Ps: you can also very lightly trim dead tips on acres, without harming them. I usually do this when they are dormant, in autumn after the leaves have dropped. They don't like hard pruning, but you are allowed to take off the odd crossed branch or dead tip 

japanese acers

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 15:48

Agree with Hostafan 100%.

I once chatted to an acer grower-specialist and they told me that as a rough guide, they need reporting every 3-4 years. She also mentioned that if you don't have the space for a larger pot, it's ok to lift them from their existing pot once the leaves have dropped in autumn, trim the roots, then repot in good compost. she also advised me to use seaweed extract feed rather than what I was using (like you), as it helps to rebalance the acidity in its soil, which it will like. They don't like watering with tap water for too long either, as this is too alkaline and reduces the acidity in their soil. Using seaweed apparently restores this acidity balance. Lastly, she advised me to leave a watering can out to collect rainwater in and use this to water my acers in dry spells. Seems to work and they're the happiest I have ever seen them!

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