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What's wrong with my hydrangea?

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 22:15

Is it thirsty?  They do like a lot of water but don't want to be drowning.

Have you fed it with a high potassium fertiliser that promotes flowers?  That might help.   They don't like high nitrogen feeds.


Posted: 07/07/2016 at 22:09

That's such a shame Liri.   Never understood why people let cats have kittens and don't do their jabs.  I'm sure she's very happy being well looked after.

Hamamelis x int. 'Frederic', Hamamelis 'Rochester', Hamamelis x int. 'Rubin' kalm, Hamamelis x int. 'Vesna' - all perfumed.   Having a bit of a splurge....

Forkers Helmingham Hall garden visit

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 22:03

FG I like formal gardens but no longer want one with hedges.   I have a "formal" bed at the front - box hedge round 3 sides and trellis on the 4th with roses and clems in diagonal rows and underplanted with heuchera, hardy geranium, alliums and so on.   

My electric hedge trimmers don't cut well any more so OH insists on doing the box by hand but doesn't understand about neat, right angle edges and corners so it's a bit of a wavy mess.   I give in and, don't want to be bending down to clip more formal shapes and knots as my back and knees get older and knotted themselves.

Gardening woes

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 21:56

It's been a dreadful year for slugs.   If you can, dig it all up with as much root as possible and put it in a pot with good John Innes 3 compost and nurture it.    Check its soil for hidden slugs and use slug pellets to protect it form new ones.

If you can't dig it up , feed it again with liquid tomato food.   Mulch it with a deep layer of coffee grounds if you can or sharp sand and sharp grit.   Don't use slates as slugs and snails will hide there and come out when you're not looking.


Posted: 07/07/2016 at 21:46

I hope she does OK Liri.  Our cats have always lost weight in summer and shed fur and looked a bit tatty till we could give them a good scragging with their brush, which they love.  

First time in over 30 years we've only had the one cat.  Always had strays turning up regularly before - like Lesley.

No tennis here, gorgeous umpires or not.   Been perusing nursery catalogues and ordering hamamelis for autumn............

Last edited: 07 July 2016 21:46:50

Forkers Helmingham Hall garden visit

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 20:35

Lovely photos Wonky and a very interesting looking garden.   Not sure I'll ever lust after a knot garden but those mixed borders are gorgeous and so are the roses.

The pussycat and the stagbeetle

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 20:31

How lucky to have stag beetles.   And a gorgeous cat!

Pruning confuzzlement

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 19:58

Depends how personal it was!

Pruning confuzzlement

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 18:27

Well done Joyce.

PP - this thread is called pruning confuzzlement - obviously catching!

Covering a shady fence

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 16:31

I would not expect a Rambling Rector to do well in a pot.  They get huge and like a good root run.

The RHS has a list of suitable plants for shade.   I would avoid clematis because, like roses, they also require a deep root run and lots of food and water.

Check out the plants on the link below and see which may suit life in a container which should be as big as you can manage - minimum 60cms wide and deep and filled with good John Innes no 3 planting compost.   You'll need to top dress with slow release fertiliser every spring and keep it watered plus occasional liquid feeds throughout the growing season.



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