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16/06/2013 at 15:00

No idea what this is ?... but it has red flow

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 no idea what it is ? but it has red flowers on...as u see it started with many blooms but few days ago I noticed it is suddenly looking pretty poorly...Why ?

16/06/2013 at 15:22

Could be a wiegela, hard to tellwhen it's sick like that. I'd have a look at the root and see if anythings attacking it. Unless it's newly planted and been allowed to dry out

16/06/2013 at 15:40

its been there 3/4yrs now but i did notice an ants nest near it ...!

thanks for name nutcutlet... just love this site for things I dont know names of etc...

think like u say I`ll have to dig it up & see whats going on..

16/06/2013 at 16:00

i have had plants undermined and killed by ants, 

16/06/2013 at 16:13

Ants produce Formic acid and it really does a lot of plants no good at all. I would prune the shrub back to healthy stems and get rid of the ants. It may be worth moving the shrub  to another place with fresh soil and giving it a real good watering to get rid of any acid left on its roots.

16/06/2013 at 16:16

I didn't know that Berghill, I thought it was just the result of having the soil taken away from the roots

16/06/2013 at 17:48

Death to any alkaline loving plants. Dianthus never recover and even the cuttings do not always take.

16/06/2013 at 17:54

that's todays 'something new'. Thanks Berghill

16/06/2013 at 22:03

well am definately uprooting it tomorrow ..wash & put in a large pot to recover hopefuly......thanks for all help given...

17/06/2013 at 14:56

Ants are a major pest.  I've just had a rose and some lilies in two pots sicken and die in just a few days because ants made their nest in the compost.   No warnng and plenty of watering so i'm seriosuly peeved.

17/06/2013 at 15:03

you & me both.. just went in green house & huge running lanes of them.. out came the ant powder...

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