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Posted: 02/12/2015 at 23:43

Trouble is you dig hebes up and you are likely to lose them anyway .....depends how big they are.  If the roots are "gone" a sharp tug will indicate this.  Once lost a juniper through phytophthora.  I literally could pull it out of the ground 

a mix of fungicides now and over winter and wait to see how new leaves are is the way to go.  I really would resist any drastic action like digging up right now.  Many leaf spot issues, in my opinion, do resolve themselves with a little assistance from the fungicide bottle

Deciduous privet

Posted: 02/12/2015 at 23:39

Euonymous and griselinia are reliable evergreen hedges for me.

different clones of privet too....some are more evergreen than others.

i find lligustrum aureum reliably evergreen

used to like eleagnus but now find it has more flaws than merits....foliage is thorny and growth is too woody.

Your eight 'Desert Island Discs' plants

Posted: 02/12/2015 at 22:01

Ah......toblerone.  All on its own.  That's toblerone.

the real big ones taste so much better than the small ones. ,


Posted: 02/12/2015 at 20:43

Your OH has simply "gone surfing" Pat

Green flowers

Posted: 02/12/2015 at 19:58

No, ericsmithii Jo. not as eye catching as orientallis varieties but flowers earlier.  Resistant to black spot etc.  

Funny, just realised how good ophiopogon nigrescens would look beside it......i will do that 

Daffs and tulips

Posted: 02/12/2015 at 19:07

Mulching helps delay shooting yet encourages rooting.  

Deep planting, I think, does produce stronger plants 


Posted: 02/12/2015 at 18:02

Recently planted?   

Often problems are created by simple basic mistakes.....did you soak rootball?  loosen roots?  Plants under stress are susceptible to problems

I have never experienced fungal problems with hebes....usually trouble free plants.  


Posted: 02/12/2015 at 17:43

Cor, some keen day lily guys here.  Maybe the clue is in the thead title 

remember though they quickly make large plants so you need to split them and give them away to forum members.  You know it makes sense 

Never Never Not Ever

Posted: 02/12/2015 at 17:38

From the moment you plant it Philippa 


Posted: 02/12/2015 at 17:34

I guess Hazel 8 Gertie......  Yum yum 

it has been a difficult afternoon....huge free brunch.....and I have had to squeaze in mid day nosh as well as an evening one.  Had to have a very early breakfast to get it all in but I think I am coping 

oh!  Got fantastic home insurance deal today.....saved £300 eventually.  Know your rights, compare like for like and argue your case. And never...NEVER...accept your renewal quotation folks.  You will always get something off for himming and hamming but, for more persistence, you will save much more . So many are afraid to haggle for fear of losing something.  You lose nothing 

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