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container plants prematurely dying

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 09:28

I could never get window boxes right. I tried the formal evergreen in middle with smaller annuals at each side. The symmetry is pleasing but over time boring. Trailing plants work well but in summer greenfly seem to feast and lurk too well and you can get too much growth. Then the continual watering that is required. I bought a much deeper zinc trough and it can still get dry but no where near as bad. I have plants that like dry conditions in my troughs/window boxes now.

container plants prematurely dying

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 08:41

The window box looks too shallow and small and will thus dry out too quickly. I would invest in a much larger window box.

The hanging basket is also in the way!

conifer move

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 15:21

September is the best time to move conifers. Dig as much root as possible and it should find its way, keep it well watered and add general feed to the roots.

Best hemerocallis

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 15:18

I have Hemerocallis 'Catherine Woodbery'. It is rather plain but very hardy and very reliable. For colour try 'Amadeus' or 'Red precious' yellow and red respectively.

Bargain plants put to bed

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 15:15

Looks great. I would not have added membrane as I causes more problems with drainage (not good for Yucca variegata etc) than it solves. Dirt also accumulates on top of the membrane and that allows weeds to grow. So next time I would avoid the time and expense of membrane.

 

I like the little lawn but my practical side wonders how you are going to cut it - scissors? (I am known to edge using scissors btw!)

What's eating my magnolia?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 10:04

It is caterpillar damage. Time of year for them.

Brown leaves on box plant

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 09:21

If it is under watering, which relooking at the pic is likely, then the leaves will regreen over time, so do not cut off.

Brown leaves on box plant

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 21:34

One of mine has done the same. I upped the water and feed...but it did not work. I took it out the pot and a lot of root has rotted. Instead of being dry the water was not draining as the crock covering the pot had acted like a plug.

So it is worth taking it out the pot and checking the roots.

Advice please!!

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 21:24

I would plant a Fargesia bamboo. It does not run. Eucalyptus gets large very quickly. Unless you want a 40ft tree in 10-15 years I suggest bamboo.

ID's if possible please =+)

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 20:41

The moss is a sign of to much watering. I would the roots from the pots, wash all the soil off and remove any dead roots and put anything healthy in the ground and see what grows. It looks to me that the perennials and what is growing are 2 different things Pic 2 esp, I can see 2 plants there. If it is mint then remove that - the roots will be different.

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