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Poorly Aucuba

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 18:37

I've given it a haicut and forked the soil around it as it was impacted and solid after drying out. We are due some rain here in Essex tonight so that should freshen it hopefully.Fingers crossed it survives.

Poorly Aucuba

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 21:48

Thanks Pam, I always thought Aucubas were invincible as they seem to grow in some very poor soil in town centre beds and the like. But I suppose mine has gone from being drowned,(the clay soil was flooded for weeks) to scorching in the sun. The poor thing has had a bad time of it. I lost a 2yr old clematis montana as well because of the wet conditions. I do hate losing something I've nurtured don't you? 

Poorly Aucuba

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 16:59

Just noticed my Aucuba plant that's been in the garden about 4 years, has wilted all over and the top 3 inches of each branch has turned black! It has been in a part of the garden that was flooded before this hot spell. Could it be the difference in conditions that's damaged it? Not sure whether to water it or feed it or cut it back. Help please!

watering garden with water from a shower

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 21:08

I stand a small bucket in the shower with me which collects the cold water before it warms up, and if placed just right will catch quite a bit as I move around. I never put the water on veg or newly planted items if it's soapy, but the established plants do'nt seem to mind.

MAGNOLIA GRANDIFLORA

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 21:04

My one is 20 years old and it always loses it's oldest leaves at this time of year. I've got some with brown and yellow patches on but the plant does not seem to be suffering. Could be due to the wet and warm spells, but I'm not worried too much as there's lots of new leaves and flower buds forming.

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 14:56

I've sent e-mails to both addresses as well.

Your thoughts please

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 14:44

Mine is in a pot and I just move it from it's summer place to a spot against the house. I used to fleece it when it was younger but didn't this last winter as it's now 4 years old. To help with the weight I keep the plant in a plastic pot and lift it out and move the planter separately. It's only 3ft tall at the moment but I'm sure in time I'll have to find a space for it to be planted in the garden.

Help with Identification please

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 22:36

Flowers look like greater stitchwort, but the leaves don't look the same as the photo in my Wild flower book.

clay soil late summer flowers (slug proof but bee friendly)

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 22:30

I've got clay soil and I have several plants that bloom Aug/sept. I love my heliopsis, tall yellow daisy flowers.Like to spread so keep it under control, but it will bloom for a good 8-9 weeks. Valerian, michaelmas daisy, marigolds, golden rod, gaillardia, all seem to love the clay. A favourite is Hypericum 'Magical red star' has pretty yellow flowers which fade and scarlet red berries follow, so the colour goes on for ages.

Hope I've been some help. I keep a diary of whats flowering and when, so I can see at a glance when plants are at their best,

Your thoughts please

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 22:12

I've got a fabulous Fatsia japonica (castor oil plant) that I think meets your requirement. Large shiny leaves, not quite lime green but bright green. Even has candelabra-like flowers in October. Grows to about 10 ft. There is a variegated type available. I love mine , it's big and bold!

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