Alina W

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Confused primrose

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 16:29

Primulas and primroses will flower twice a year if they have enough water. I have some in tubs which are watered over summer, and it's a regular event.

Over loaded rose

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 18:40

Young roses sometimes have thin stems that take a year or two to stiffen up. Other roses are meant to be more informal in appearance, and the branches are supposed to bend a little. Do you have any idea how yours should be?

There's no need to remove buds unless you think the branch is going to break or be damaged; if you do have to, take the whole bunch of buds off back to a leaf junction. If you remove just a few buds from a group, you'll channel the energy into the remaining ones and probably make the flowers even larger.

Rather than cutting off buds, have you considered constructing a temporary frame around your rose to stop it splaying out and offer some support?

A final point is that if you have planted te rose in a mixture of a fibrous compost and well-rotted manure, you might want to think about changing that next spring - roses are better inb a heavier compost such as a mixture of John Innes 2 or 3 and a fibrous compost if you intend keeping them in a tub for long.


Posted: 30/06/2016 at 20:47

Yep, I find the gravel drive fantastic for cowslips :D

With the primulas, do remember that F1 hybrids won't come true from seed, and may not even produce viable seed. With them, you'll need to split the plants when they've produced offshoots to get more.

Parvinia hydranger pest

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 23:40

Here you go:

When buying any spray, make sure that it actually contains the chemical you need - formulations can change from year to year.

Plants for hanging basket in shade

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 20:34

You can use ivy-leaf geraniums. They won't flower as well as in sunshine, but they do flower. If possible, rotate them into a sunny spot for a couple of weeks to give them a boost.

Sad looking lavender

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 20:06

As far as I'm aware it shouldn't harm them unless you really over-did the dosage, no.

Are they well bedded-in? You'd get this sort of symptom if, say, a mole had undermined them.

Sad looking lavender

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 18:57

The only thing i can think of is that you might have given some too much fertlizer, or too close to the roots? That would damage the roots and plant.

I agree with Ceres - definitely remove the flowers. You could also try shading the plants for a few days to see if that helps.

lily of the valley bulbs/pips

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 19:32

As already said, don't disturb them. If you plant them in the garden, be careful where you do it because they can be very invasive.

If you want to move them once in the garden, transplant when they have leaves - they settle better that way, in my experience.

When to move a taxus tree

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 21:30

The best time to plant them is autumn, while the ground is still warm and thus give them a chance to put out a few roots before winter. You'll need to prepare large holes for them (at least twice the size of the rootball) and, depending how sheltered the position is, possibly stake them to keep them stable for their first winter. They'll also need watering as though they were in pots for their first year if the weather is dry.

Prunus ' Kanzan ' problem with blossom

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 21:45

Hi Dilly, just tracked this back, thanks for pointing it out.

Have tried feeding mine today, so will wait and see :-)

Last edited: 18 June 2016 21:46:50

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