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quick growing shrubs

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 16:10

... and choyosia, both green and gold, which flower with a lovely perfume, escalonia needs little work and gets nice than thick and fowers well, quince, sold as chanomeles, pretty and eventually fruitful, red/black and blue berries, good crops as well  - etc. etc. etc. Have fun. 

Camellia - yellow leaves

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 16:07

It is very important that camelllias are watered well all summer, and now as well, they are or have formed the buds for next years flwers, and if they even thought they had got dry now, they will drop the flower buds come spring - one of the most common causes for camellias not flowering.  As you have fed and watered yours, I think you can expect glorious flowers come spring. 

Lobelia fountain and bush

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 16:04

You can grow lobelia from seed but it takes for ever, and a huge amount of heat and light supplied by electricity - if you drive around East Anglia you wil see acres of brightly lit glass houses, warmly kept, many of which are growing our lobelia for next years hanging baskets.  I rather feel I am happy for the commercial growers to do all that work, and buy in the plants at basket planting time next year, rather than go to all that expense and trouble myself.  Having said that,  I have had them self seed by the wall where the baskets hang, so it must be possible with no help at all - but it does not happen every year.

Go for it if you want to, it may be harder than you think.  Best of luck if you do give it a go. 

I am assuming we are talking the usual basket plants, trailing or upright, mostly blue, some pinks and whites?  Not the tall Queen Victoria or fan types, which are 18 inches tall, and shades of red and/or pink?  These you can overwinter in a cold greenhouse, I did keep them over winter outdoors in the south, but not here in the midlands. 

No flowers on gladioli

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 15:58

Interesting, none of my glads flowerd this year either, and usually we have quite a good show.  Nothing else really suffered, so I wonder what got the glads? 

Oak Tree

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 15:57

I have an oak tree in a pot, around 10 years old, it is 12 - 15 foot high now. I would expect yours to be taller than 3 foot now, is it in a good, very large pot?  It may just need more space - think how big oak trees are, and then imagine what size root space they must need. I also would just suggest you check the roots are not waterlogged - something they really do not like at all I have found.  I dig each years top dressing of grit into the compost after I have removed the top few inches as far as I can, I then top dress with new JI3, well mixed with vermicuite, then top off with new coarse grit.  So far, so good.  I'm not keen on sprays, if you don't want to use one you could try washing the trunk with a solution of garden disinfectant, often useful for molds if that is what the cause is.  Leaf fall is probably due to stress, either wet or dry, or too small a space, or over heated or chilled - nothing with which it can deal itself as it lives in a pot and you must be all things for it.

 We grow many, many things in pots, and they all need alot of attention because of their difficut situations from the plants point of view. Hope it does well for you.

Over wintering

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 15:49

Leave them be, they need nothing special.  We have several, some well over 20 years old, never moved them, covered them or anything else - they do just fine - it's only high winds they don't like, and that they dislike come warmth or cold.  I feed them with pellleted organic chicken manure come early spring as the buds begin to break, and that's about all the attention they get - and they look great. 

fallen leaves

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 15:46

If it  ain't broke Tom, don't fix it?  I gather all ours up into pierced black bin liners and they become lovely leaf mulch which gets used all over the place - I don't mow them but it does seem a good idea, I might try that Fairygirl, thanks. 

More help needed with ID

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 18:17

I accidentaly (don't ask! sowed these in between paving slabs some years ago, to my surprise when they came up & flowered, it worked well and they looked great - but sadly didn't seed themselves afterwards as I was hoping.  

Has anyone grown Pixie clematis

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 14:46

Mine did exactly what it was supposed to do, grew over a tallish pot, a large long tom,  and looked lovely as it flowered very early in the year - I grew it in a barely heated greenhouse and it was a joy, especially as it was perfumed.  I kept it for a couple or so years, I then put it outdoors for the summer and forgot to bring it in, whereupon it died!!   

Privets that wont grow

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 14:42

Sounds very much as if there is something in the ground that is holding them back - often turns out to be an old wall or something of that kind - especially as one has run away with itself.  I'd be inclined to dig them up, look carefully at the roots to ensure there are no beasties there, pot 'em up for a bit with really good compost and see if they go away then.  Meantime excavate the area you had them planted in and see what is underneath - coud be anything, I discovered a spring bedstead once in a garden I was trying to renew!!!  If all well, then enrich the soil, add good drainage, and hope they will go well then. 

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