Alina W

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Disappointing plants

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 14:46
aym280 says:

Ladybird4: Rudbeckias gave me a spectacular show last year. They are bold and striking and flowered well past the first frost. I got them £1 for 3 last year from Aldi.  Sadly, haven't seen any of these bargains this year. Perhaps give them a different spot, I am sure you can grow them successfully. 

With me, it has got to be anemone, and Pasque flowers. I have only one surviving Pasque flower plant from my dead donkeys. I keep my finger crossed that it will still be here after the winter. 

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 aym280, I kept failing on Pasque flowers until I ran out of space one year and shoved it into a pot hanging on a sunny wall. It thrived.

Last edited: 07 August 2016 14:47:20

Garden Transformation

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 14:36

That is a brilliant transformation - well done!

Fuchsia not producing any berries?

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 14:29

That was my thought, too. The fruit doesn't last long before going soft, and, although edible, has very little flavour.

bugs like my woodstain

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 23:07

Have you tried bringing it indoors to dry, e.g., in a garage?

Disappointing plants

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 22:49

Now delphiniums are happy with me, half-buried in other plants. Slugs seem to ignore or miss them.

Disappointing plants

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 18:53

Another vote for rudbeckias here. Can't keep them alive for more than a few weeks.

Are these aquilegia seedlings?

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 16:45

They could be last year's seeds which took advantage of the rain - the wind does disperse them far and wide, often before you even realize they're seeding. the ones against the fence may have been disturbed during cultivation of the soil. Anyway, you have your plant back - and more!

Is it ok to hard prune clematis affected by powdery mildew

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 23:27

Spray with a mixture of 1 part milk to about 19 parts water at 5 day intervals - you should see an improvement in a couple of weeks. Also, you say that your climbers get "lots of rainwater". Are you actually watering them? If they are on a wall, they will get far less rain than you think because of the rain shadow effect.

Also, remember that there are many different mildews; the mildew on one plant will not necessarily affect another. So the mildew on your climbers, for example, is not the same as on your fruit trees. You do not have one attack of mildew, but many different ones, possibly caused by a common factor.

Last edited: 05 August 2016 23:27:57

Red ants

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 23:15

Don't try digging them if they're large nests, you'll get bitten, and also be unable to clear them effectively. If they need to go bring a pest controller in, but bear in mind that the ants will come back unless the sites are made less attractive for them - they are there for a reason.

Are these aquilegia seedlings?

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 20:26

Definitely the flower bed - and be careful of the roots, as they try to form a deep "tap root" quickly. Once you have a few established and allowed to seed, you'll find them everywhere

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