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The difference

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 17:54

Ruffled Swan .....the semi double cousin of Wild Swan and showing the more pinky on Wild Swan.  lots of buds to open.  Now less tatty and more refined than first pics.  There is a "difference" 

hydrangea feeding

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 17:41

Depends on the colour if using seaweed.  Not at all on blues in my opinion if you have a really good named blue variety

in the ground I would  simply use fish blood and bone in early spring plus a mulch incorporating pelleted chicken manure.  A liquid feed is not necessary for hydrangea in the ground.  Water is the key thing. 

In pots I would use epsom salts and tomato fertiliser if blue In acid john innes.  if pink or red Seaweed is fine.

Just to tease Ladybird

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 17:33

hope the beauty of this comes across.  

Just the 2 flowers but plenty of buds so think this will be a cracker in a couple of weeks 

the foliage is a delight too 

Do my laurels need a chop?

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 17:16

Papi Jo......!  

laurel can be shaped and pruned without sulking.  For me a useful plant 

Do my laurels need a chop?

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 17:04

Agree with Dove...exactly what I would do.  Now is ideal too 

Please identify this pretty hosta

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 16:50

Agree with Punkoc.....definitely fire and ice.  If you grow it Newb keep it out of the midday sun.  It glows in shade 

Please help me figure out what's happening.

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 16:45

Valuable and interesting the helpful H. 

I do find myself torn too but I assess the minimum I need to help a plant recover....without some artificial help our "immgrant"  plants would suffer.  Most of mine need no extra help...I carefully assess what each plant needs and try to create the ideal conditions. A well grown plant shrugs off pest and disease, even virus....well, that's my thinking anyway.  Seems to work 

Looking For Low Height & Maintenance Border Plant

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 15:19

Heathers for me too but go for the carneas....they are tolerant of neutral or lime soils, they provide excellent winter flowers from white through to dark pink, many have superb foliage colour...foxhollow has yellow with orange new growth, vivelii has dark green almost purple foliage, Anne Sparkes  has orange/yellow foliage........they are dense and low growing, mine are about 40 cm to about 60 cm, and they are resilient, tough and beautiful.  Another reason for me is that some are a little snooty about heathers !  

Please help me figure out what's happening.

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 15:11

I would have jumped at thrips CraighB but I cannot see clearly or ID the wormlike creature there.  Is it a worm?  Be interested to hear what others say.  Thrips for me though as the cause of your leaf problems so neem oil or I will be hanged drawn and quartered but CraighB it is your call.  ( I rarely have pest or disease probs here but I try to practise good hygiene.....again, contrary to letting mother nature eventually (possibly) sort it ) 

havd to add to my earlier comment that my main slug and snail comtrol is torch and salt solution...if you know your wall is a prob habitat for them CraighB I would start there.

Manganese in Epsom salts?

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 12:55

Quite right fidget....magnesium .  a common deficiency though so well worth applying epsom salts 

(the "experts" often get it wrong don't they? 

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