Latest posts by Verdun

Getting disillusioned with my greenhouse

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 07:33

Liseals, sounds good to me.  Yes, plants next to the gh harbour all sorts of nasties..pests and diseases 

Hydrangea watering

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 21:40

Noooooooooooo John

impatient! yes.

if you were dyng of thirst would a solitary drink rehydrate you in the blink of an eye?

you have done what you can so give it a chance........a few weeks at least 

Lack Luster Hydrangea

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 21:25

Ok, if you teased them out I would just water well asap.

they don't actually look too bad on looking at your pictures 

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.  

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