Daintiness


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"Plant in ericaceous compost" not specific enough!

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 21:46

First, we need to establish whether the soil in your garden is acidic enough for your azaela to thrive. As you are 'new to this game' there are two things we can do to find out the suitability of your soil. You could look around other gardens in your area, speak to locals who have nice gardens and therefore would (hopefully) be knowledgeable....when you look around you should look to see if there are other azaelas growing locally in the soil or other plants that like an acidic soil eg rhododendrons, camellias.

The other thing you could do is purchase a ph soil testing kit from local garden centre or DIY store. They shouldn't be very expensive nor difficult to understand.

If we find that your soil is suitable then follow the tips already given. If however your soil is unsuitable then you will have to keep your plant in a pot inorder for it to do well. In which case you will fill the pot with only ericaecous compost. Hope this helps, come back if it doesn't.....or you have further questions 

tree identity

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 16:05

No photos. Click on the tree symbol and follow the instructions to upload.

redesigning my tiny bland front garden

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 12:25

All your bulbs should flower in their first year. Can't see the gravel but you can push it out of the way when planting and then push it back in lace again. Any that gets dug in will help with drainage which bulbs need and having a gravel layer on top will help keep down the weeds.

ID needed

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 13:09

Hi Izzy, Thank you very much! This plant should do well in his garden, hopefully making it through the winter - SE England; close to town centre; sheltered, walled garden -  but would need to be taken indoors to make it through the winter in mine. Although I am only a few miles down the road from him my position is completely different. I will try to propagate  though as I have a sunny south facing wall I think it would like. Thanks again  

ID needed

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 12:26

Hi, my brother in law bought a lovely plant this year but it has no label and he has no idea what it is - he just liked the colour!

 It has been flowering for months and I would love to know what it is and how to propagate it. Hope you can help. Thanks.


 


 


 

Brown spots on mint

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 20:59

I suspect it could be rust. Mint aften becomes beraggled at this time of year. A photo as nitcutlet says would help diagnose the problem

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 13:19

It has stopped raining at last in Essex but it looks as if it might start again at any moment. The pond is full from all the rain and the hose attached to the water butt for extra oomph to hopefully wash the duck weed over the edge!

.However, I have found a crack at the bottom of one of my other water butts...it would be the bottom wouldn't it! I'll have to tackle that when everything has dried out and that won't be today.

crinium

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 20:09

I don't think they enjoy being moved - in my RHS book it says pot on only if absolutely necessary!

I have one planted in my garden (they like a warm and sheltered site) that I was given. It took 3 years before it flowered and then it only had 1 flower stem. This year it had 3 but  it has taken its time!

I gave a piece to a friend (as my clump is quite big) and  2 years later  hers hasn't flowered yet but luckily mine has kept flowering.

Help identifying plants

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 22:45

Although many of those plants are not to your taste, they are some lovely specimens. Why don't you put them on freegle a recycling web site and they will have new homes and you won't have to dump them - worth a try and you will get some help digging them up too!

http://www.freecycle.org/group/UK/Northern%20Ireland

New house, new garden, beginner gardener, help needed

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 22:36

I know the crab apple 'Golden Hornet' grows well in Co. Down and is a beautiful plant which attracts wildlife - there are other coloured crab apple varieties available too.

Your lilacs will be fine as has been mentioned it looks as though the leaf damage was caused either because there had been a shower followed by strong sunshine or you watered the leaves when the sun was strong and that has burnt holes in the leaves (the brown patches)

Are you coastal? Is it a windy site? Which direction does the front face?

 

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