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Hydrangea Advice

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 11:45

 Newly planted bushes etc often are late in growing again in spring.  

established plants often do their own thing.  They may look dead but simply be late in shooting.

Last year my summer jasmine looked dead.  Usually by mid spring it is covered in foliage but for some reason it remained bare.  Wood was dead.  Cut it hard back intending to dig it out later but recovered well.  

Ditto Carpentaria Californica.  It looked dreadful and decided to remove it.  However it is a truly beautiful plant so I rechecked its requirements.  Always thought it needed dry soil but no, apparently, it wants a reasonable amount of moisture.  Pruned hard back, fed and mulched and watered it well during the summer.  Looking good now and I expect it to thrive now.

always worth checking our plants need.  hydrangeas like a reasonable water supply.  Given that they should do well


Posted: 17/01/2015 at 11:25

Got a half price shrub....asked for a discount for buying two.  New manager said no but then got £2 off the one I bought.  Don't think he realised he haggled himself !   Well, £2 is £2 

beautiful weather here....lots of sunshine and dry and no wind.  Could plant my shrub but .....well, too lazy!


clearing borders

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 08:51

No Bizzybee leave well alone for now

i have a lot of plants looking as lush as ever here too


Posted: 17/01/2015 at 08:49

Morning everyone

Cold last night and this morn.  Thought we had snow but sleet patches to give real feeling of winter.  Temps to rise to 7 today so no sunbathing . And cold week to come

definitely get my half price shrubs today

keep warm folks 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 19:37

So sorry Lily.  


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 19:35

Take care then Fairy.  snow?  What's that? 

Osteospermum not thriving this year?

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 17:55

Nice one Edd


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 17:53

Getting chilly now but, except for the odd shower. It's been good times lovely n warm..ish!

almost tempted at my gc by its half price shrubs.  I looked in again and tried to,convince myself I need these plants.  And then where to plant them?  a shrub I did want was not available.  I've got itchy spending fingers right now despite having loads of plants in gc, polytunnel, comservstory and outside to plant.  I've made a. Ew year resolution not to buy more plants,but that was intended for 2016


Osteospermum not thriving this year?

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 17:43

Got me Edd 

I grow so many here and they are all over Cornwall but never been aware of them attracting wildlife

hey! Wait a mo.  You've handpainted those butterflies so I win 

Osteospermum not thriving this year?

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 17:00

Funny though....I'm not aware of any bees, butterflies on osteospermums..  Not sure they are brilliant for wildlife but humans ....the most important of wildlife! 'em 

plenty of wildlife experts here though so I'm sure one of them will comment 

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