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Hawthorn Hedge Brown Leaves

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 10:13

To be honest Jim - I'm not sure at all.

I have some brown bits like that where fresh growth was a bit nipped by the frosts. I also know that occasionally a bit of weedkiller spray might reach the hedge when I'm leaning over to try to zap the huge nettles and thistles which have been allowed to grow wild in the field behind my garden.

If you don't think either of those is the problem for you, could the hedge perhaps be very dry and / or hungry?.

It looks as though there is quite a lot of stuff planted up to the base of the hedge. Maybe clearing some of that away, giving it a feed, a good watering and mulching would be beneficial. You could also give it a foliar feed (liquid seaweed) a couple of times this season.

Good luck 


Posted: 08/06/2016 at 18:43

Is it Angelica Runny?

(just thinking as we're on a cake making theme....  )

Neighbour dispute

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 16:34

Keeps us happy doesn't it Pansy? My neighbours think I'm stark staring - they're probably right 

Neighbour dispute

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 14:48

Never thought of it like that Pansy - "grow you bu$$er grow - or it's the compost bin for you.... "

That usually frightens 'em into action too

Rose clear

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 12:34

I think Rose Clear contains an insecticide. In which case there is some merit in spraying late in the evening when there are fewer beneficial pollinators about.

Will still zap some of them though

I use a fungicide if (and only if) there is a lot of black spot on the roses. I try to live with insect damage or use organic methods to control aphids (picking them off / blasting with the hose etc)

Help! Poorly silver birch tree

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 12:23

It sounds as though the tree is stressed and I would think your silver birch is itching to stretch it's roots.

A  'normal' silver birch is a big, big tree. There are  several in the garden next to us which have had several metres removed from the top and they are still as high as our (2 storey) house.  I have never seen one grown in a pot.

But maybe you have a special variety intended for pot growing?

Neighbour dispute

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 12:16

You could always just tell her that what you have done is to prune it to encourage new and thicker growth because it was looking quite gappy.

Give it a bit of feed and water and the hedge will romp away. Remind her of the old adage 'growth follows the knife' and that an individual laurel will easily make 5 - 6' across given time - so a small hole like that will quickly fill.

Sound like you know what you are talking about - because she clearly doesn't... 


Posted: 08/06/2016 at 09:38

How international is this forum??? - Leclerc, Perigeux, Australia, malaria...... love it 

It always surprises me that some branded junk-type foods seem to be available the world over yet other things which we regard as store cupboard staples are classed as 'specialist' foods in other countries. 

Morning everyone - another  one out there - it's 33C in the potting shed already - I hope the toms are loving it!

Doc - we have to be quite organised when we go away too - not because we don't have nice neighbours but because we have none who are proper gardeners. Next door will come in and water some stuff for me - but they either think if it rains that's enough or they drown everything. 

I know that sounds ungrateful but I've learned the only way is to try to make everything self sufficient and just leave instructions to just water once in the middle of our break.

Your neighbours would probably water with the weedkiller watering can wouldn't they? 


Posted: 06/06/2016 at 07:51

Morning - another lovely day  - but office time for me today so best keep moving.

Hugs for Linda - that must have been a very scary experience. I hope OH is making a good recovery.

Hope Mr KEF is doing ok too.

Pat - so sorry to hear about Immie - such a pretty girl. Pets make such a home in our hearts that they leave a huge hole when they've gone.

Glad to hear Dove's enjoying some nice weather. She has been tasked with eating plenty of Newlyn crabs and Cornish clotted cream for me!  

Need to get out & open the shed now. Have a good day all.


I stand with Pansyface

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 18:04

My view is that the issue of accessibility now has to be the priority. I know some of us would like some tweaking of the layout etc (myself included) but at least most of us can use the site.

It would be interesting to know if all those with eye sight issues (not just Pansy) can read all the posts which have been written in bold.

If they can - surely that could be the default font / typeface for the forum? 

If everybody is using the bold format it doesn't look like anybody is shouting - it's just nice and clear for every one - and I would have thought that was a quick and easy fix to make.

The issue of not being able to see particular colours on other colours might be more individual and more difficult to resolve. I would have expected there to be some industry guidelines - I assume these have been followed?

Lets hope something moves quickly on this.

Last edited: 05 June 2016 18:09:56

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