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Not going to plan


By ellie01


I love my garden and in the last two years have been busy completely redesigning both back and front gardens which has meant taking everything out and starting again with a blank canvas.

I had just got the front garden looking good and last summer after only one year it was already looking mature. I was really looking forward to Spring 2010 especially as I went mad on the bulb planting front and envisaged a beautiful garden full of tulips, hyacinths and alliums mixed in with the different varieties of Euphorbia and Phormiums. Unfortunately with all the snow and freezing temperatures, there have been a few plant losses/setbacks (Astelia, Euphorbia Mellifera, Euphorbia Silver Swan and Phormium frost bitten) which is extremely annoying not to mention expensive.

Oh well, mustn’t dwell.

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Wait a while yet! as it may not be as bad as you think? things look dead but some do recover another month and your garden will look so much better.

23 Mar, 2010


Hi Ellie - welcome to GOY. I live in the mild SW...and yes, I've had losses as well. I lost my Astelia, in spite of fleecing it. I have a list of losses, and I shall replace them gradually, and use annuals in the meantime to fill the spaces.

It is upsetting, I agree.

23 Mar, 2010


Many thanks Spritz. Yes I guess there are thousands of upset gardeners all over the UK. Good business for the garden centres though.

I have cutback the Euphorbia Mellifera and there are signs of new growth but obviously its going to take a while to reestablish itself. Think I will take Drc's advice and wait a little while longer before taking drastic action.

23 Mar, 2010


I garden on the Sussex coast area and Hebes have suffered badly, Cordylines all ok though. It's a "wait and see" situation I think !

23 Mar, 2010


Yes, Megan - I shall have to remove one Hebe - and some others are looking very sad, too.

Ellie - Louise1 had the same problem with her E. mellifera - she hasn't told me how it's doing for a while, though. I'll try and remember to ask her.

23 Mar, 2010


Hello Ellie, welcome to GoY.

My Euphorbia Silver Swan is looking poorly too, along with a few other plants, all of which are either variegated or yellow leafed plants. Mmm....interesting fact.
As Megan has said, it's a wait and see game I think, to know what will revive and what won't.
My Euonymus Pierrolino, that said it was hardy down to -20, was fibbing! :-))

23 Mar, 2010


welcome to Goy Ellie ,as everyone says its a waiting game to see what plants have survived ,not much colour in my garden at the moment but plenty green.

5 Apr, 2010

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