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Deutzia dilemma

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 22:28

Now my Deutzia has finished flowering I need advice on the pruning. I have cut back branches that flowered but there are four 2ft long stems that had no flowers on that tower above the rest of the bush. Should I cut these back as well, or are they going to have flowers on next year? They have larger leaves than the rest of the shrub and look like suckers, but I know they are not because they are growing from the same stems that had the flowers. I can't find anything in books, so I hope someone out there knows what to do. Fingers crossed.

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 15:51

I thought I'd lost the one I planted last year but after me cutting back all the brown dry foliage it is now shooting with new leaves. Very slowly I might add, but at least it's not dead! I don't think it likes the wet and cold, so I'm hoping a warm spell will get it growing faster.

Deutzia - should it stay or should it go now

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 23:05

My deutzia flowered it's socks off this year. Never seen so many flowers on it and a great bee magnet!

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 22:47

Mine are a good 10inches tall now but I put some in pots to grow on a bit and the slugs have nibbled the main stem near the soil so they've all fallen over! When I pot the others up I'll have to keep them somewhere safer! Might do like MR BEAN and his marrow and construct a moat!

Can anyone name this please

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 22:20

The photo with the yellow flower and the flower head with the holes in it is a Phlomis.(Jerusalem Sage) as Leggi says. I've got it in my garden and the seed heads are lovely dried and sprayed silver in Xmas decorations. This plant can get very big though so beware. I grew mine from seeds from my Mum's plant.

Runner beans

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 22:09

I keep finding the flowers on the ground and hardly any tiny beans on the plants. I think the windy weather we've had is blowing them off, or just not warm enough to bring out the bees.

Talkback: Big Butterfly Count

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 21:57

We've had so much wind and rain that I don't think the butterflies can fly around. I have 3 different buddleias and 2 types of scabious specially grown for the butterflies, but I've only seen 2 cabbage-whites and a brown unknown one, so far this year. Maybe if this weather warms up we will be luckier. Fingers crossed.

Magnolia

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 21:53

I had some skeletal leaves on my Stellata a couple of years ago and thought something was wrong with the plant. I had it in a pot close to the wall, and after I moved it away from the wall the leaves started to remain intact. I think slugs or snails were walking up the wall and eating the leaves from the reverse. Since I've moved it into the centre of patio I've not had them problem again.

Could that be your problem?

Lily beetle

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 21:44

I don;t usually like using sprays but where my lilies are concerned I just have to use Provado. One spray around April time and so far fingers crossed I have not seen one beetle. I had one year when they were all decimated and I vowed never to let that happen again. I LOVE my lilies!

Might try the garlic spray next year as I've grown quite a few this year, so I'll try not to eat them all.

Wyevale...

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 21:35

Thanks for the tip-off! Though last year I left it a bit longer and bought lots at 20p per packet! Not the ones I'd planned to buy , but could not resist the temptation!

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