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Yellowing Rhododendrons

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 22:02

Agree with Epsom salts but would also add in an ericacious feed on top. Rhoddies are acid loving (as are Fatsia). Both will do fine in neutral soil but can go pale and lose leaves if they use up all nutrients and get too dry. Fatsia leaves are also paler the more sun they get.


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 22:01

I have over a dozen types of Bamboo and the spreaders spread slowly in my heavy soil. Raspberry is by far the most invaisive thing I have: they spread metres at a time and come up all over the place. Black Bamboo tends to behave itself and if you really want to hide an eye sore then it will work for some years but will eventually thin out and grow large thick canes.

Damage to fir's

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 21:24

The Cypress on the right looks OK and the one on the left is ok-ish though I would move both away from the house. Do you have a better place for one or both?

Red Lily beetles

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 18:04

I have these for the very first time. I hope to have caught them early. I killed 5 adults and all the eggs I found. They were on fritillaria imperialis. I had wondered why they looked poorly this year. I have logged the find in the above.


Posted: 01/06/2015 at 15:05

You get perennial Wallflowers: these last 2-4 years before looking woody (like old Lavender). They can self seed or you can take cuttings very easily.

Any suggestions

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 09:55

Which part of the picture above is not your garden?

Is this plant safe?

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 18:13

Yew seed is equally as poisonous and you would not eat those. There are plenty of much more poisonous and toxic plants in your garden, especially the phototoxic ones.

Anyone seen any ladybirds?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 22:42

Still seeing loads of Ladybirds, or Ladybugs as my kids like to call them. I also found some Red Lily Beetles in my garden for the first time.

supermarket plants

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 17:32

I do wonder how much waste supermarkets and the Sheds cause themselves by not looking after their stock, or more probably the stock of nurseries who get a small margin out of it!

You would think that some worker would look after them but there you go.

Rudbeckia - Cherry Brandy

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 13:29

I bought them from T&M last year as well: lots of foliage and much larger this year and about to flower for me. Defo perennials.

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