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Posted: 23/09/2015 at 19:01

Water I think Patricia

when you moved your hydrangea did you tease the roots out?  You said it was pot bound.

I think you will find your hydrangea roots have not grown much in the soil and therefore been unable to take up enough water.

hydrangeas need water and quite a bit of it

I would be inclined to lift your plant and loosen the roots.  Then put plenty of manure or compost mixed in with the soil.  Water well.  Mulch thickly.  Bet your plamt grows better next year....if you water it occasionally 

Holes in my lawn

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 18:07

Rooks or crows pecking for leatherjackets?  

Pruning Bay Tree

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 18:04

Bay is very tough, hardy and responds well to pruning.

however, I would do this in two phases......go for half now and then again in spring. 


Posted: 23/09/2015 at 18:02

Katvet, go to your local gc and you can buy bare root wallflowers now.....prob £3 99 for 10 plants.  You can buy them mixed or in colour of your choosing.  They will flower late winter to late spring.  Then you can choose something else for fhe summer 

SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 17:32

I would still leave to spring SereneSelene.  Prune any damaged wood when new growth starts. the name.  think I will make my own a little more exotic 

daphne odorata,

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 16:40

In western part Cornwall Curvaceous Cook.   


Posted: 23/09/2015 at 13:04

Pleasant morning....sunshine at first but cloudy now. wind.  

Thanks Runny......those thugs will be pleading vis video link today.  Lots of rumours and hearsay including their confessions to the attack.  

What's all this about cleaning?  What are carpets for? Lift them and brush underneath.  Simples! 

Got a few bulbs coming.  Disappointed though.  Promised delivery for Thursday and still not arrived 

Moving plants

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 12:47

Angela, I "chopped" pittosporum Garnettii  only a couple of days ago.  If 

I lived further north and east I would have waited until spring.  

Can you post a picture Angela?  If it's compact, mound like and you can move it with decent rootball it may not need any trimming

Underplanting evergreen shrubs

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 12:36

Lucid, not really sensible to underplant evergreens.  Plant outside the area by all means.  Those evergreens will widen anyway so plant bulbs allowing for this.  Holly and viburnum are dense evergreens but daphne is a little more open so perhaps bulbs could go there but bear in mind your Daphne is spring flowering anyway.  bulb foliage gets tatty after flowering and will spoil evergreen shrubs.  Plants under evergreens will become weedy and difficult to eradicate too.  Evergreens look good on their own

use bulbs for deciduous shrubs...go to town here Lucid 

daphne odorata,

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 12:28

Tetley......its true!  Prob the long growing season but I am not inclined to exaggerate   So tempted to take a picture.  I actually passed near the afore-mentioned broken daphne this morning....I could post it with fhe caption "this is half of what it was" 

Ironically, they do not grow well for me personally.  A neighbour grows them large......just 300 metres away.  He offered me rooted cuttings   I have failed with J Postille, mezereum both red and white, eternal fragrance, Somerset and Odora M.  the reason!  My soil has had lots of organic matter and I suspect daphnes don't like it

I'm shocked you doubt me Tetley as I am currently enjoying one of your tea bags  think I'll change to PG Tips !


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