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Save my hedge !

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 13:04

Hummm, buddyboy I think you may be right.

Funny how sometimes it’s the simplest answer that is the right one.

When I think what they are growing in I should have guessed. The are between the pavings you can see and then about a foot of earth before they hit a small retaining wall that separates us from the neighbours which drop down about 2 foot. So I guess the trench of earth they are going in is just not enough for their now new size. 5 years ago would have been fine but not as if I can just pot them up any more haha.

Save my hedge !

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 12:18

Here are two close ups. I don't know if you can see but if i move the branches on the dying ones. they seem dusty. I don't know if that means anything. The healthy ones dont seem to have the same dust if moved. or is that it just breaking down.

Im not sure what the shrub behind is thats in the garden next door that is abandoned.

Nothing else is dying in the garden its the best the garden has ever looked minus the hedge


Save my hedge !

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 11:49

also ignore the little palm  we lost that during the winter when i was not here.

Save my hedge !

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 11:48

I call upon you masters of problems.

Please does anyone have any idea at what is going on with this hedge? It has been planted for 5+ years and has seemed to be doing well. But suddenly last summer we lost two in the centre of the pic below that were right next to each other? And now this year it seems as though we are loosing two more. The one to the right and then also one on the left but with a healthy plant in-between.


I can’t see any sign of bugs or sooty mould or anything that I can think of. They just seemed to up and die. I am in the south of France where it gets hot but they all have a watering system in place so that should not be a problem.


Is the only thing left to rip them all up and do something else as slowly I imagine they will all go


Any suggestions?


New BBC2 Gardening Competition

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 23:08

looks interesting thanks for the bump


some of the flowers in my garden

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 19:57

Great pics. Nice to see keep up the good work

A day in the garden.

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 20:09

Dovefromabove Im pretty sure they are not golden rod as i didn't plant any of that and the ground was pretty bare when i took control of it here. Its really strange as I pulled up some of the old marigolds that were dead twigs above ground but the root system and just at the base of the plant were still alive with buds and have grown into this. I will just leave it and see what happends. I did think it was strange that they are still growing.

John I will have to see if i can get a 7 point screwdriver or whatever it is to take it apart and have a look inside. I would like to just hand it back to her and forget about it. But she has let me use it in the past about a month and a half ago and was working fine. She then has gone to use it since and said it worked for a second and then has stopped (she only speaks French and me only English so its not the easiest of tasks) Its about 7 years old and she says it has tripped her fuse box before when using it. But she is still adamant that I am the one that has broken it. Still i would like to fix it but I am starting to think maybe its best to send it to someone to have a look at it.

A day in the garden.

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 18:34

Ok so today was a busy day. I started off having to re lacquer a white floor and I think some of the fumes may have gone to my head. So after lunch I decided to spend the afternoon in the clean air, outside in the garden to clear my head.

While pottering about I came up with a great new way to keep the next door neighbours cats out of a patch that they think is their personal bathroom.

 No idea if it will work, but have tried everything else so nothing to lose. I can take the spikes out in a few weeks once they have got out the habit of using this area. No doubt they will find another area to use in the garden.


Ok after that I then sat puzzled for quite a while looking at what should be marigolds that have re-sprouted from last year. Am I just being really silly here. I planted out a load of marigolds last year. I go out to start replanting this year and noticed that there were sprouts at the base of all the old marigold stems, so I left them in the ground and they have grown and grown but not like a marigold at. Would they have grafted them onto a different root stock at the nursery and that is the part that is now growing? seems like a very expensive thing to do if they have?


After that I took a look at the neighbours power washer that has broken (yes the same neighbour with all the cats I’m trying to keep out the garden) I think the capacitor has gone. When its turned on it makes a humming noise when you pull the handle but the motor does not turn on to pressurise the water. Finally I found a place to buy a new capacitor online but only really taking a guess if that’s the problem. Anyone else had this type of problem?

And then last but not least I decided to make a load of cuttings of plants. Seemed like a good idea at the time. I have no rooting powder but had an urge so had to do it. Also I didn’t want to wrap everything up in their own little plastic bags over the top of them. So I made my own giant cutting bag propagation area.

The bamboo twigs are there to keep the plastic off the leaves.


 Again no idea if it will work. I think the fumes from the paint must have given me the inspiration for the growing bag. 34 different pots of cuttings. Mixture of things in there. Would be nice if 1 or 2 things take.

Anyways if you got this far reading I hope you didn’t mind reading my little update of my day in the garden. If you have and tips about the things mentioned please let me know.


Over and Out

hibiscus or rose of sharon

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 19:01

I would give it more time. I have Hibiscus in the garden here. 4 to be exact. They all get very mistreated as im away 6 months of the year and the person who should be watering them does not. Anyways my point is all 4 of them are still alive all at different stages one in flower, one in leaf, one in leaf bud and the other fingers crossed still. but two of them have only just started to come back but they are on there way.

I would not loose all hope just yet. Also I know it sounds mad BUT DON'T FEED THEM ! I find that whenever they are fed they just drop all leaves and flowers. So if your overcompensating by trying to feed them etc i would stop it. if you feed via pellets I would even scrape them off the top of the soil. Sounds mad but 100% happends every time they are fed. Maybe im just doing it wrong haha.

Is my conifer doomed

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 18:15

I too think its a lost its will to live. I have had two conifers do exactly the same for no apparent reason. And currently have another looking like it’s going to turn and do the same. That’s the problem with a hedge once one goes it all looks terrible sorry to bring bad news. Good news on the other hand is you get to put some new plants in there

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