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Why did my hydrangea flowers change from mop head variety to the lace cap variety

I have approx. 8 year old hydrangea plants, that had big beautiful mop head type flowers for several years. The last couple of years, I have noticed the majority of the flowers have changed to lace cap style flowers. Did I do something wrong? Could it be a soil issue? I'm thinking maybe it is a hybrid that is reverting back to the dominate parent style. please help!


Norfolk VA over 5 years ago

Thundercloud Plum losing leaves

I have three Thundercloud Plum trees. They are non fruit bearing. This is my second year of the leaves dropping after they have blossomed. The ph balance in my soil is 5. The one thing I have noticed with the leaves that have fallen is on the midrib of them, a small fuzziness on it . I have started with mag-i-cal too help with the ph level. The age of the trees vary. The oldest being 10 years which is the worst of the three losing the leaves. The other two are 7 and 4 and they do not lose as much as the 10 year old. They all have that fuzzy look on the back of the leaf on the midrib. The color of the fuzzy stuff is kinda grayish brown it blends in to the leaf. Health leaves do not have that on them. I also have almost no new growth maybe 5%. Please help. Jill


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Norfolk VA over 1 year ago

Type of grass

What type of grass would you recommend to grow if you have a Maple Tree directly in the middle of your lawn? My husband likes Fescue, but it doesn't do very well in the summer. I live in Norfolk, Va. Thank you for your time. K. Bean


Norfolk VA over 5 years ago

Tree Identification

I'm trying to identify a tree in my back yard (see attached .JPG). I would also like to know how large the tree will grow? Thank you!



Norfolk VA over 6 years ago

Spider question

What's the difference between a redback spider and a Mediterranean Black Widow?


Norfolk VA 2 months ago

Brown Turkey Fig


I am in Norfolk Va and have a 15 year old Celeste and Brown Turkey fig tree- I understand the Celeste and Brown Turkey can get "10 to 20 feet high."? That is quite a range- can I keep my tree under 10 feet without too much excessive pruning? Are there pitfalls to pruning? Is it true that I am supposed to strip off the large leaves to help the fruit develop? i
ALSO - Do I have a snowball's chance in hell of keeping a Myer Lemon semi-dwarf tree alive in a sunny fenced corner of a yard if I burlap, heap leaves on it, Christams lights, poprtable green house or WHATEVER to keep it alive during cold winters? (Norfolk- I think zone 7a?)


Norfolk VA over 4 years ago

What is this plant.

Would like to start a new plant from this one.


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Norfolk VA over 4 years ago

English Ivy Removal

I have a large bed of well-established English ivy that I need to eradicate. I've tried before to cut it and pull it out but it came back even lusher. It is growing up a large pine tree and when I try to tear it off, it breaks part-way up.

I would rather not use herbicides unless there is no other good alternative. Also, I've read that herbicides used near pine trees are especially harmful for the tree. What can I do to get rid of this ivy?


Norfolk VA almost 6 years ago

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