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Buxus - should I dig it out

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:37

Having seen the patient I would dig it out as well. Even if not the dreaded blight it does look beyond help. There is also some black marks on the leaves which might indicate box blight so better to be tough and hopefully protect the rest.

Reluctant dahlia

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 08:20

Hi ladygardener2, its a new one for me, loved the colour in the pictures but you can never be sure until you see them in real life. It's reassuring to hear that yours is being slow as well. Maybe she just likes to take her time.

Shade loving plants

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 08:18

Ha don't to smaile at the Lychnis, I have a clump which also hasn't read the text books and is happily spreading in shade : )

How to make use of grass cut

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 13:32

I had to laugh too, Histafan, but only because I' a bit OCD with my newspaper tearing too and am glad someone else knows which way to tear the weekend papers 😊

Buxus - should I dig it out

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 13:28

It might be worth digging it out to inspect the roots, maybe the problems something local to where it is planted? And maybe give it a good trim back to see if that encourages new growth?

If there is no obvious reason why that one may have a problem such as its location or damage then I think I would be concerned it might be something that could spread to your other box plants, like box blight. 

It might help if you post a close up of the affected leaves, I 'm not a pest and diseases expert but someone might recognise the symptoms?

GW Magazine

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 13:23

The only codes you can' access as a non-subscriber are the Secret Garden ones, All the others can be used whether you subscribe or not and are listed in the website. I think its more about the price you want to pay per mag and whether having a discount on the magazine is worth more to you than any freebies and of course with freebies you take your chance that the seeds are what you would/can use.

Reluctant dahlia

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 08:56

I'll persevere then, but like you find it frustrating watering what seems to be an empty pot especially with nothing left in the water butts so all the water has to be lugged round from the front garden.

i might give it a good talking to this morning - that might help : )

Reluctant dahlia

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 07:37


I started off my dahlias in the greenhouse and all except one is growing well. All are new tubers this year and all were healthy and a good size but one is refusing to do anything. It's put on root growth but no sign of any shoots at all. It must have been in the pot for about six weeks now, all the others are a good foot tall.

The variety is Mels Orange Marmalade. Any idea what the issue might be and do I just need to be more patient?

My Thomas's Edison was also slow getting started but finally sent up shoots about a three weeks maybe a fortnight ago.

chrissie x

Newbie needing advice

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 08:20

We only have a low fence between us and our neighbours so I have put the shelving for my seed trays on that side of the greenhouse. It gives us both privacy whilst still allowing lots of light in.

Should I panic??

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 09:22

Unfortunately panicking doesn't help : )

I did the same when I saw some appearing in our new garden, having had rampant horsetail on a previous allotment. Here we get the odd bits but it's not fast growing or vigorous and I just weed it out as and when it appears  x

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