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Browning on conifers

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:40

Sarah, it cold be due to a number of reasons but your conifer won't recover from that.  Best take it out I think.  Domt plant another conifer there though.

What's happended to my lawn?

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:37

The last picture didn't help me really.

 I think a lower cut.....not drastic but next notch down.....will help as woody said.  For me, I would do that then feed well ( dont overdose....think I would use a summer liquid lawn feed) .  Cut weekly and then in 2 weeks lower height again. ...not drastic just another level down

Let us know how you get on.  I would also feed again in 4 weeks


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:28

In acid comditions hydrangeas want to be blue.  In alkaline they want to be red. ,if you want blue hydranges there are "bluing" compounds you can use. The old traditional way was to scatter iron filings around them.

Laney John, I,think the very best advice is to test your soil.  If its acid go buy a good blue variety.  If its alkaline buy a good red variety.  Whites are unaffected.  Often blue varieties treated with gluing agents simply get bit purplish and red varieties grown on acid soil do,the same.  Get the variety for your comditions and then grow superb specimens

I have moved hydrangea too without problems but I think Criss's hydrangea might be too big for,that

worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:21

Ha ha ha ha....sorry, still laughing at that brilliant joke

worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:19

Hate taking my shoes off before I go to's soul (sole) destroying.............................I'll get my coat, and my shoes


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:16


Domt move it.  Can't split it.  You can take it now or later.

Pruning, depending on variety, you can remove whole stems back to the ground.  Just a couple of the older ones and this encourages new growth from the base and over a 3 year period will reduce the size without affecting the flowering performance of the plant.  In spring cut off the old flower heads back to next pair of fat healthy buds.  


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:10

I've noticed a lot more bees this year.....they were buzzing around a,flowering Heuchera but are attracted to my emerging agastaches too.  I heard on local radio of a Cornish bee....I think it was a Cornish type....that's been hyped as resistant to the veroa mite (sorry if spelt wrongly) and that will complement our normal bee population.

Mystery Plant

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:04

Hiya jabee

 Now, I am not too,hot on identifying some of these plants  from photos but it does look,like a day lily to me.  

I grow quite a number of day lilies but,I agree yours is short on foliage....

Potting Up Chillies

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 12:57

Hiya Italophille

Interesting info. Thanks.  I thought they needed extra heat. In comparison to my peppers the hot ones are pretty small, we're slow too.  I'm new to the hot peppers too so this year is the learning one.

Newboy, yes will do that. ,funnily enough, I potted mine on this morning as growth has quickened over past week.


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 12:52

Have you been watering them a lot?  

Has the soil been thoroughly dug over?


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