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What is your weather like?

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 21:07

Check the roots on all those plants and soak them well first kate 

misty morning but got very warm from lunchtime.  supposed to be dry and hotter by the day now.  

Lack Luster Hydrangea

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 21:03

then this is the likely reason kate

there should be a warning on plants to "soak rootball and loosen roots before planting"

many plants have congested, dry roots when bought.......lthey will rarely grow away well if roots are not teased out and soaked

Please help me figure out what's happening.

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 20:57

Craighb, not slugs or snails.  

Clearly a pest of some sort so I would spray with a systemic insecticide or neem oil or a soap mixture to kill them.  I wonder if mites are the problem because there are clearly large numbers of them. Mites tend to like hot dry conditions ....??   Wont be spider mites though.  Caterpillars would leave bigger and characteristic holes.  You say similar damage is occurring on other plants so I would treat them similarly.

in my experience slugs and snails have been the only pests on my delphiniums so it will be interesting to read others' comments 

Lack Luster Hydrangea

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 20:25

Hydrangea kate, there are currently a couple of similar hydrangea threads so check those out

how did you plant them? did you soak plants and loosen roots,,for a start?  Many plants are now beginning to suffer through root congestion.

then what is your routine growing them?

Pruning a woody Penstemon

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 19:11

Alison, take cuttings now.  

If your plant has finished flowering and simply looks will look worse when cuttings are taken....I would dig it up now and look to plant something else there.  Have something that will look good now and into the autumn.  Maybe aster frikartii monch already flowering here and in the garden centres 

The difference

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 19:05

Ladybird, check out sanguisorba lilac know you want it! 

(I bet you will be tempted)

Will Escallonia stand up to strong winds?

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 19:03

Agree with Fairy about Iveyii.  I too grow this one and although it is hardy here I think the red and pink varieties are a tad tougher.  Peach Blossom is another good one

escallonias thrive down see them neglected snd trimmed but they survive and thrive regardless

escalloniaa went through a disease/physiological stage 10'years or so ago and general advice was not to plant them.  I cut mine back really hard and in 2 years they recovered.  

Carrots splitting

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 18:57

Ha ha 

Astilbie with sudden dry leaves

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 18:55

Astilbes love water...not standing in water but being in moist soil Celandonsusan so two things.  It will not reallg like being in a pot.  It is a big rooted plant and thirsty and hungry.  The leaves will dry out "alarmingly"

you said it is a temporary measure....that's fine but bury the pot in the ground.  It will help stop the roots drying out too much

don't worry about my experience astilbes are not attacked by them.

from September on, when weather cools a bit, your astilbe will be happier.   

Meanwhile shade and water.  You cannot really overwater a potted astilbe 

(astilbes are a favourite of mine growing large, lush and colourful) 

Carrots splitting

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 14:09

No, that is for carrots forking  Fairy.  Compost and too much fertiliser too, not just stones 

splitting is to do with watering or my name is not Monty Don. 

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