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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks tipben, as I suspected. I do try to water them now and again but usually only if it hasn't rained within a week or so. Are these likely to come again if we'll watered?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, any damaged tissue in the leaves is not going to come back to life, but the plants should recover fine.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Just a 'kinda' follow on question(s) from previous if you don't mind?

I planted my hedge 2 winters ago. A mixture of hawthorn/blackthorn/elder/rose/hazel/spindle/crab apple/Holly etc.
I originally cut back to within 15cm's or so the first year and can't believe the growth of them all so far.

I've trawled the net to see what to do with regards to pruning the second year's growth but getting lots of different answers such as prune back a third/50% again, prune in winter, prune in spring, prune anytime outside of nesting time, prune anytime regardless of wildlife etc etc....

Like I say, some of the growth is measuring over 60cm already for the hawthorns, and the roses are going nuts altogether with growth. I cut back some of the roses already because I was thinking they were interfering with the other plants. Was I correct I doing this?The Elder's growth was truly unbelievable and I had to cut this back, back in July.

Can I cut back some of the very vigorous growth now. If not, when should I do it, and by how much (I'd like the hedge to be thick and bushy - which seems to be going that way anyway)?

I've also read about crossing branches and them damaging other branches. I suspect this is normal if i want a bushy hedge and nothing to be concerned about.

Finally (before my fingers fall off typing!), anyone know what the yellow plant in the photograph is? It's on it's own in the hedgerow and I don't know whether it got mixed up with the original order, or whether it's a weed that's made itself at home. The stem resembles more of a tree/shrub than a weed though.

Cheers...
Bob.



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

As the OP of this thread I'm not exactly in a position to give advice but I've taken the advice from some of the other posts as well as getting my hedge supplier to have a look at it during the week when he was delivering a couple more trees for me.

He was taken back by how well the plants are doing and how few I've lost thus far. He is a relaxed kind of character and his advice was to prune whenever I felt like it. His opinion seemed to be that I couldn't do the plants much harm by taking too much off. He says the deciduous trees respond to pruning and won't thicken correctly otherwise. He also said just to pick a height and a width and prune all plants to this. I did a variation of this as some of my plants had grown to approx 8ft this year from 3ft!! I was afraid of hacking these back to just 2 ft so I took a little bit off the short plants and a lot more of the larger plants so they are all of varying height which doesn't bother me as all of them are well below my final hedge height.

Only time will tell if my hedge will thicken and grow well. This winter will be the tester as anything that survives the damp and cold this year will likely survive other years due to being more mature.

Hope this helps

Jonny
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

can you get a close up of the flowers plz
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here ya go -


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forsythia maybe, hope I'm right as then I will have beaten Greengage twice and I cannot tell a dandelion from an oak.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im not too sure but it looks like a Lysmachia punctata but put it up as a plant Id and silver surfer will hopefully confirm, definatly not a Forsythia sorry tagwex
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhhh shite!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lysimachia vulgaris (yellow loosestrife). L. punctata has hairy edges on the leaves, and a purplish "eye" in the centre of the flower.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was going to put Lysmachia sp then I could have claimed the credit but I got over cocky....... Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much for the replies. I did a quick 'google' on both varieties and they seem ok. Any advice as to why I shouldn't leave them as is, even though they aren't quite 'native' like the rest of the plants?

Cheers...
Bob.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It can be invasive
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ummm..to be honest I was hoping for something more like "She'll be grand...let her be". The splash of yellow sure does look nice in these dark sodden evenings! I'll hone the axe tonight.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait if your happy leave it, it will not take over the hedge but needs controling.
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