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Dying conifer hedge

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 09:29

Phytophthora is ever increasing and wide spreading and causes diseases and death to all sorts of shrubs and trees now.  noticeable more in conifers I think where we notice an initial bare spot or two.  Over the past 5 to 10 years I am more aware of people losing plants to it. 

"hot summer" Tetley?  Many here have been complaining about the lack of sun this year.    Don't think it is weather related.   I think plants adapt to variable weather conditions well enough.  Alarming signs of phytopthora, for me, include a relentless spreading of dead and dying areas.  

Amy, plants get diseases as we do.  We also grow plants from all parts of the globe and expect them all to thrive in our gardens.....we just assume plants from South Africa, Australia, Mexico, etc., will grow alongside our indigenous varieties and to do as well.  Viruses are on the increase now too for which there is no cure.  pests and diseases once  to be found only overseas are now here. 

Not all doom and resistant varieties are being bred but we will lose some of our old favourites too.   

The moral is enjoy the plants today.  Don't get everything as plugs to see flowering in a few years' time.  Grow something for NOW 

right, I'm off 

Last edited: 07 September 2016 09:30:21

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 08:44

Ok folks.....a challenge!  

Look at a few online suppliers and see how many plants there are available you possibly have never heard of.  That's " different"    Maybe type in "astrantias" for example and then see how many varieties there may be surprised!  Do the same with "heleniums" or "salvias" or anything you like 


Posted: 07/09/2016 at 08:37

been picking and eating my beetroot grown in the garden all summer. ....ditto carrots, spring onions, lettuce,,peas and beans  

So much easier than modules, less time consuming,  (sow,,thin, water and pick) less fuss and excellent quality.  

Chris, I understand your passion for modules.  Here the soil is warm, light loam and productive so growing insitu suits me well. If someone has heavy, cold clay soil then modules may be necessary but those gardening on reasonably good soil will do just as well 

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 08:22

We have a few threads about good online suppliers....."the good guys" for example 

garden centres simply do not stock anything "different" 

agree you have to know what you want and then search it/them out.  There are thousands of plants and better varieties of old favourites as well as exciting plants many have not heard about. 

Brian, I can assure you that buzz is replicated when buying online;  when choosing and when awaiting delivery. 

That impulse purchase at the GC, often a mistake, is not as satisfying as a chosen "know what to look for" considered purchase online 

Last edited: 07 September 2016 08:26:32

Turfed Lawn

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 08:01

agree with Fairy Grandad Al.  If you don't get satisfaction from these (sound like) cowboys you should be able to recover your lawn over the next few months.  Mowing and feeding in the spring will help a lot 

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 07:55

PP, I can get my bread and butter from local shops and they sell jam too .  

Dying conifer hedge

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 07:52

That's ok is agreein' so it's fine 

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 07:41

Nice pics folks 

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 07:39

Fantastic ...I mean nurseries out there that I use a lot.  Plants I can't  get locally I get from selected online suppliers.  

Dying conifer hedge

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 23:57

Amy, sorry but you won't recover that hedge.  I can see it is spreading down the line.  Possibly phytophthora and I would guess this browning has occurred very quickly....?  Say over the summer?

pruning will make no difference.

I have a large juniper with phytopthora and it has been superb.  It will be removed in autumn 

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