Lyn Plant-Wells


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Sickly looking shrub

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 14:54

Here are a couple more photos. It looks worse now than in the past - and we've only had a few warm/dry days after a wet spell.  I pushed a plastic bottle neck into the soil by its roots last night and poured a watering can + a bucket of water/shrub feed down it. Too early to tell if it's helping! I will give it another soak tonight but I will be away on holiday soon and always worry that things will dry out despite helpful neighbours! Other plants (roses, lupins, irises, hollyhocks and ground cover) are doing better than usual in the same area!  Thanks for the comments/advice.

Last edited: 25 May 2017 14:56:00

Sickly looking shrub

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 11:22


Two queries - 1.  I have a variegated shrub in my south facing front garden - already here when I moved 2 years ago. The leaves are red/green/splashes of white (I don't know the species) and are dropping rather more than usual at the moment. It has always looked somewhat droopy and unhealthy so wonder if the aspect (very warm in summer - sandy soil which dries out quickly) is the cause?  Saying that, we have had about 4-5 days of heavy rain last week. Photo attached. I am considering disposing of it as it looks pretty awful.


2. I planted two Italian Cypress (?) Trees when the garden was 'made over' 18 months ago. I notice that they have green knobbly lumps - photo attached. Is this a disease or their natural 'fruit?' They are in semi raised beds where the topsoil is quite shallow (one was previously a fishpond, the other was originally a veg patch but had all manner of debris under about 2' of soil. 


Thanks guys.

Sickly looking shrub

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 11:22


Two queries - 1.  I have a variegated shrub in my south facing front garden - already here when I moved 2 years ago. The leaves are red/green/splashes of white (I don't know the species) and are dropping rather more than usual at the moment. It has always looked somewhat droopy and unhealthy so wonder if the aspect (very warm in summer - sandy soil which dries out quickly) is the cause?  Saying that, we have had about 4-5 days of heavy rain last week. Photo attached. I am considering disposing of it as it looks pretty awful.


2. I planted two Italian Cypress (?) Trees when the garden was 'made over' 18 months ago. I notice that they have green knobbly lumps - photo attached. Is this a disease or their natural 'fruit?' They are in semi raised beds where the topsoil is quite shallow (one was previously a fishpond, the other was originally a veg patch but had all manner of debris under about 2' of soil. 


Thanks guys.

Painting garden ornaments

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 11:12

Just seen your pic. Very impressive Doghouse! 

Painting garden ornaments

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 11:11

Hi


Thanks for your reply Doghouse.


I don't think I'd have a problem if this was made of concrete - could be made to look weathered (this urn is concrete)  It's just the fact that it's resin that bothers me as don't want paint to flake or peel off in a couple of months.


         

Painting garden ornaments

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 10:25

Thanks Meome   I will check them out. I have used the spray 'stone' paint before but on a fireplace - not outside. 

Painting garden ornaments

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 21:43

Yes - used as a planter sounds a reasonable idea. The solar panel is pretty hideous and it splashes water in a circle all round it (on my gravel which would probably end up going green and slimy - plus it lights up at night, by the way! )  I don't want to use anything that's going to peel off. Has anyone painted resin?

Painting garden ornaments

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 15:27

Here is 'water feature'    I suppose I could put it in the front garden in the hope that it gets stolen!


        I have put it somewhat out of sight at top of garden behind the trellis!  

Painting garden ornaments

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 15:19

Hi Folks


I have a similar question. My very kind, well meaning next door neighbour has given me a resin 'water feature' in a colour that I can't stand.  Has anyone had any success painting resin? I would rather it looked like old stone - beige/grey rather than this unnatural bluey colour!  photo to follow! 

Bordeaux Mixture ratio

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 19:14

Yes!  The French just say (the equivalent of) 'Yeah, whatever!' and just carry on as usual!  Plenty of B/Mixture in the supermarkets such as Carrefour and in Castorama (same co as B&Q.) Thanks for the info. I might have a look for Creosote when I go over in June Apparently, the new Creo-coat is fairly useless! 

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