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Plant identification

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 16:02

They are alliums but difficult to say which as I can't judge the size.  If they are smallish then they could be chives which have red-ish buds before they open to a purple flower.

Have we lost these shrubs?

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:45

I think they are viburnums and suffering from a severe attack of viburnum beetle.  See here for advice from the RHS:

As I try not to use any chemicals, my vote would be to remove them and replace with something else,  looking upon it as a planting opportunity!

Potted tulips

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:31

Snap, Fairy!

Potted tulips

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:31

There's a good chance of them coming back next year but there'll probably be fewer of them.  You need to keep feeding and watering them now to build the bulbs up for next year until the leaves naturally die back.  At that point you can move them to somewhere out of the way which is relatively dry (by a house wall under the eaves is good.)

Should it stay or should it go?

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:25

I agree with the others and would remove it as it definitely spoils the 'feel' of that area.

Silverskin Onions Overwintered

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:22

Onions are biennial Amanda, growing the bulb in the first year and then flowering and seeding in the second, so I think they are a lost cause, unfortunately.

Patchy garden thanks to Builders

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:16

Best to dig the sand into the soil beneath before putting more topsoil on top.

Patchy garden thanks to Builders

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 13:13

I agree with Topbird.  This is not at all unusual in new builds and is perhaps is the norm, unfortunately.  It costs money to dispose of building waste so they usually just bury it under a thin layer of topsoil and lay turf.  It's a topic which comes up regularly on the forum.

Agapanthus-planting out.

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 13:08

I would pot them on into slightly bigger pots and keep doing that each year until they flower (usually in their 3rd year in my experience.)  Doing this will encourage them to start flowering quicker than if planted in a border while still small.  One they begin flowering then plant them out into their final positions and they should continue to bloom every year.

Redcurrant - cocoons on the branches.

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 23:36

They don't tend to return and it's a bit of a mystery how they get there in the first place I think!

Last edited: 06 May 2017 23:37:30

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