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Whens best to Cut Hedges?

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 09:11

I do all the necessary hacking of hedges and shrubs in the winter. Maybe not recommended by RHS, (and I'm sure someone will quote you RHS advice) but it works OK for me. Hard work goes well in the cold weather and the birds haven't started nesting. 

We had a very tall thick hedge round 2 sides of our back garden. We reduced one side to a reasonable hedge last winter, left the rest for the wildlife. Will complete the job next winter, that way there's permanent shelter for the birds

Hollyhock and rust

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 19:51

I've given them up really but I keep trying from time to time, they such fine plants (from a distance).

I pass some on a frequent journey, never been closer than 20 foot or so, nowhere to stop if I wanted to. They look great.

Hollyhock and rust

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 18:42

rust never goes away, grow the hollyhocks behind something that hides the leaves.

It's fungal, not a virus, fungal spores get everywhere. I've had hollyhocks get rust on the first true leaves from seed, in fresh compost, not near anything apparently suffering rust. Fungal spores are airborne.

duckweed dying

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 15:07

I don't understand duckweed. Some years one of both of my ponds look like lawns, other years, nothing. None this year but I've never done anything to get rid of it.

How to bring frogs into my garden

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 15:04

Frogs will forage in your garden if there are ponds fairly near by but they breed in water so won't be found miles away from it. 

If you use slug pellets you can guarantee no frogs and toads, or not for long.

I'm sure there are other suggestions on Obelixx's link

Are these 2 Euphorbias the same variety?

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 15:00

You may have to wait til they both flower to be really sure if they're the same

Are these 2 Euphorbias the same variety?

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 14:49

Not sure re different varieties but one difference is that the plant in pic 3 is coming up to flower, the other one isn't

Hedge has brown patch!

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 14:00

that looks like a privet to me, at least the 2nd photo does. If it is it won't get fireblight which only affects some of the Rosaceae family.

I'd have a look and see if it's all one branch off the main stem and if that branch has been damaged in some way. 

You can see from pic 3 that there is a certain amount of dead stuff and the sooner you remove that,  the sooner the rest will fill in the gap. Take it well back to live growth to remove any source of infection if there is one.

Tight clipping is quite hard on a plant, all the new fresh growth gets chopped off and it's left with the old bits


Posted: 08/12/2016 at 08:22

I wonder how the lower forms of animal life, all those essential organisms that are part of the ecosystem in your gardens, will enjoys being doused with vinegar.

Look to the wider picture 

Agapanthus seed germination help please?

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 19:03

Hi Birdy, that's nearly fresh. I don't know how fresh they need to be, the only ones I ever did were straight off the plant and into the pot. I have to admit it's a while ago and I can't remember when they germinated.

The search on here doesn't really work,  but in a thread some years ago I posted a link to a youtube video which I can't find now. Someone from one of the big posh gardens sowed them really fresh and left them over winter, under cover but not heated if I remember correctly

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fidget, look at this. Roscoea scillifolia

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