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Rose blooms

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 17:13

It may well be dry Christine. there are usually 2 causes of what you describe and both at opposite ends of the scale, either too wet or too dry. It's a difficult balance, especially when growing roses in containers. A drench once a week is usually sufficient for roses in containers and a feed every 4-6 weeks.

tree peony

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 14:49

What compost did the garden centre recommend? It should have been John innes No3  plus  added grit. Tree peonies will only last a few years in pots min 12inch pots,, they'll need regular feeding throughout the summer and top dressing every spring. They really do better in borders than containers where they can really show off. I'd take it out of the pot and plant it deeply at least 4 inches below the level in the original pot.

tree peony

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 10:18

I don't know how you've treated it Deborah, but tree peonies are best planted in Autumn/Spring. They like good drainage, although I have seen them growing happily in clay, too much heat in the early days can hold them back and they won't establish. I'd hold off on the watering and mulch it, keep the mulch away from the main stem and leave it alone for a while. They can be slow to establish anyway, and if it's a grafted plant, it should be planted with the graft below soil level. Although hardy, they can be fickle in my experience especially when first planted.

Plant disease involving yellow leaves black spots

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 10:05

Your honeysuckle is too dry Suzie. It doesn't need spraying, it needs drenching with water weekly, at least 2 gallons. It'll recover on it's own if you keep the roots cool and moist.

Trouble with my shrub

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 21:07

Looks like Viburnham Tinus, with case of viburnham beetle. As I remember treat with Provado Ultimate bug killer

Brugmansia - Angel's Trumpet

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 21:04

Well done sara.

What now

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 21:03

Christine, sow in trays or pots outside, as for some saying they won't survive the winter that's not strictly true. If they are potted on as soon as you get the first set of true leaves and into 9cm pots, fed and cared for they do survive in a cold frame or even covered with fleece outside.  As long as you don't neglect them you'll keep 90% of what you sow now. If we get a long summer and a good September it's surprising how many will establish in the ground let alone in pots and cossetted and if your'e raising quite  few as I do, to loose a few is no big deal, and hugely cheaper than buying them commercially. 

What now

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 17:37

Try sowing lupins, sweet william, hollyhocks salvia's anything biennial now. They germinate quickly and if grown on can be planted in September to flower next year.

Plant suggestions? full sun summer/full shade winter

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 21:32

Try Cistus, I have a similar situation in my garden and they cope very well with it. It's often more to with the drainage a plant gets in winter than the sun it gets. English lavenders will do well as will rosemary. Achillea some hardy fuchsia will cope, hawkshead in particular, penstemon will cope as will helianthemums  As I said, drainage is often more important than the direct sunlight.

Designing a garden while keeping it classy and natural

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:23

I do know what you mean. Personally I like a bit of chaos in a garden with things spilling over and really over planted. Some of the gardens I see Alan Titchmarsh create in Love your Garden are too organised. I prefer the cottage garden style with plants being given free reign to mingle and sometimes clash. A little bit of theme goes well, but I find planting for wildlife, bees, butterflies, moths etc favours this style. Formal gardens even though they have their merits bore me.

Gardening however is all about personality, and differing styles suit different people who each have different idea's, that's what makes gardening for a living so interesting for me personally. I get to work in different environments and take idea's or leave them as I please, or see different plants which I can  introduce to my garden.

We all have differing idea's and differing styles, so gardens are a personal choice, and what suits you dominoman is your choice, design or no design do what you want, you have to live with it and although some in positions of 'garden style influence' may scoff or look down their nose at your personal style who cares. It's your garden, do what you want with it.

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