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leafless hydrangea

26 May 2016 20:40:02

i have a couple of hydrangeas that have no leaves at all but which are green under the bark. i've watered and fed so i'm waiting to see if they leaf up at all or not. any advice? 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 26 May 2016 20:45:20

Welcome back, Alan. That sounds strange that there are no leaves yet. But where there's life, there's hope. Green stems are a good sign.

fraoch fraoch 26 May 2016 21:14:17

Just keep hoping , I think!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 28 May 2016 00:08:12

Are they mature shrubs? I have three I planted as small plants last year and they are only barely coming in to leaf. If they flowered last year did you leave the flowerheads on to protect them through the winter?

Alan S Alan S 28 May 2016 23:15:49

thanks all

they are only a year old. they were in flower and i didnt prune at all

i've watered and fed once only so i hope the green stems will sprout soon


09 July 2015 14:39:57

My hydrangea have no blooms. They weren't cut back at all but I presumed they should have some sort of florets at thus stage

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 09 July 2015 14:53:20

I have a row of them and they are very very slow this year, barly seeing the florets now, i blame the poor weather, alot of the leaves are burnt too from the wind

Alan S Alan S 09 July 2015 15:31:57

I don't feel as bad now Jackie. Pg they'll bud soon

Michele Maria Michele Maria 09 July 2015 21:54:26

Nothing on mine either Alan. Does your shrub usually flower? I got no flowers last year and I'm thinking it is planted in an area that is too dry... spade at the ready!?

Alan S Alan S 09 July 2015 22:03:36

It flowered last year Michele. Nice and leafy this year but I can't see flowers yet... Too lateit could be too dry. I'll look into it for next year

Dick Dick 09 July 2015 22:31:26

Alan, I have plenty of flowers on mine but they are slow to give the usual pink colour. On the other hand, Hypericums are super. I have a number of Hydrangeas rooting. I took the cuttings early in June. Perhaps the Hydrangeas need feeding.

PCON PCON 09 July 2015 22:31:45

Mine are starting to flower. White one first. That plant looks a bit sick. Leaves small and poor colour. Needs plenty of water, mulch, and fertiliser with iron, especially if the soil is  alkaline. What colour were the flowers last year?

Alan S Alan S 09 July 2015 22:43:20

That's great dick. Hopefully yours will color up soon. Pcon maybe it is too dry...it has been fed- but maybe the watering is at fault. There's a few trees around it

PCON PCON 09 July 2015 22:56:41

I notice you live in Moate. That should be boggy, acidic soil, but even so, some iron should help for next year. Probably too late for this year.

Alan S Alan S 09 July 2015 22:59:57

You  would think the soil would be acidic around here but it's alkaline enough. I really think it's down to lack of watering to be honest

Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 July 2015 05:50:51

I have one in the front for years and I have never watered mine. Mind you, no flowers yet. But not sure if there are any buds on it. Must have a closer look today.

Trimmed thuja by mistake

23 August 2014 11:30:01

I recently trimmed my hedge with a friend helping me...July..he got taken away with himself and trimmed more than I wanted..he topped one of my thuja smaragd at my gateway..now its a good foot shorter than its match. Will it grow up like the other one or should I trim the other to match..they were not at the height I wanted them...ragin!

Alan S Alan S 23 August 2014 15:47:10

Tried posting photos but its not happening for me today...thujas are about 6 and 7 feet..

Fleurette Fleurette 23 August 2014 21:34:22

Trim the other one a bit too, but only a bit.  The other will catch up.  You can take the shears to most conifers to shape them .  I do all the time. 

Alan S Alan S 23 August 2014 21:39:53

That's what I was thinking too. Thank u

andyf7 andyf7 23 August 2014 21:53:39

hope that works out for you. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 23 August 2014 22:06:52

I have a few Thuja and when I bought them the Garden Centre guy said they can be trimmed much more than Leylandeii and they survive being cut to the brown wood - but I haven't been brave enough to try it!

Alan S Alan S 23 August 2014 22:46:54

I don't mind the idea of trimming them at all..although in my opinion I don't think the smaragd needs to be trimmed as its very neat already but I have the feeling that since it was topped it will not grow up but out...time will tell.

Fleurette Fleurette 23 August 2014 23:01:03

I feel it will keep going upwards, but this is a slow growing conifer.  Thuya occidentalis group. I have had one since 1987 and I dont think it is over 10-12 ft.  The bright green is very attractive. How tall is your unclipped one? Just curious.

Alan S Alan S 23 August 2014 23:05:43

I hope it does fleurette...its 7 feet...the other is 6 feet.

honey fungus on rose

13 October 2013 15:10:44

i was out in the garden earlier on today transplanting some roses to a new bed.

i had 6 to transplant. on digging up the last one i got a lovely mushroomy smell. then i saw the white colour on the roots....honey fungus!

i didnt know what to do so i planted it in its new bed...i think i did the wrong thing.

i know there is honey fungus on one side of the garden for a few years but this was the first time i saw it on this side. i didnt take a photo to show you.

so i have two questions:

did i do the right thing planting it

can i do anything to get rid of the problem long term



fran m fran m 13 October 2013 18:20:59

Alan, I think you should not have planted it. As far as I know there is no real cure for it, and getting rid of effected plant is the best answer.

I'm no expect so maybe wait what others say or see what you can find out about it on Google.


03 October 2013 23:13:35

autum crocus hiding in the shade but probably possesses my favourite colour

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 03 October 2013 23:46:09

Yes that is a beautiful colour.

JoanG JoanG 04 October 2013 00:30:46

They are beautiful.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 04 October 2013 07:04:10


fran m fran m 04 October 2013 07:32:32

On my list for next year.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 04 October 2013 16:38:23


MaryJoe MaryJoe 04 October 2013 18:40:21

lovely....wish I could grow them!


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