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Posted: 27/04/2012 at 21:22

My seedlings were only 3inches high but suddenly the stems started to wither nearest the soil and now they look dead, only 2 out of 5 surviving. I assumed I'd watered them too much. I'm gutted as my hubby started off some outdoor ones the same day, on the same windowsill, and we were having a competition. It's only my indoor ones that have been struck!

Why Miss Bateman?

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 19:48

As mine is new this year I'll go and check the canes tomorrow. Thank you


Posted: 25/04/2012 at 20:13

My Mum lived on a S/SE facing seafront and had aubretia smothering her rockery, so I doubt it's the salty air that you're having a problem with. I know they are happy in well drained soil, and will  grow in a tiny bit of soil. Mum's rockery hadn't had the soil changed in years so it must have been of poor quality. Are you over pampering them?

Montana wilt?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 20:04

Thank you all for the advice. I'll go and check the bark and the ground as soon as it stops raining! Drought , what drought? We've had enough rain today to last all year!

Montana wilt?

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 21:47

I have an arch with a Clematis montana growing up each side. They have only been in situ for 18 months and this year I was looking forward to lots of growth and flowers. One side the flower buds are nearly open and prolific. The other side looked ok until the flower buds appeared, then suddenly the leaves looked a bit limp and the buds droopy. I thought that a frost had damaged it, but the one the other side seemed ok. This was over a week ago and although everything is droopy on it , it still looks just about alive. It has not gone brown or dried out. The roots are in a rather damp part of the garden, where water collects after rain, but soaks away after a while. Would this kill it?

idea's please

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 14:02

We are heavy clay here and it's only hard work and time that can improve the soil. Muck muck and more muck, or homemade compost dug in will help no end. If you've a big garden a willow tree will suck up lots of water. But you must be careful of the distance between buildings and where you plant it. We added a pond, which was just a hollow in the clay- no liner needed, and the waterlilies and rushes grew like mad. Was a source of great delight until the grandchildren started appearing, and we filled it in with a patio just to be on the safe side. Having said that, with all this rain we now have a patio pond! about an inch deep water all over the patio.


Posted: 24/04/2012 at 13:53

We tried growing Q's  from seed this year but now they are 2-3 inches high some have started wilting. Have they been over watered or is it too cool? They are on a north facing windowsill. Wish I'd saved the money it cost to buy 2 packets of seeds (indoor and outdoor ones) and bought a nursery plant later on.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 13:46

Has been raining here (Essex) since Sunday afternoon non stop. Just seen the forecast and very heavy rain and gales due tomorrow morning. In fact the only dry spell here is going to be between midnight and 3 am! Shall I go and cut the lawn then d'you think?

Campsis radicans

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 19:57

Thank you both I'll bear your comments in mind.

Why Miss Bateman?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 19:53

Thanks for the advice Bookertoo. I might have to use pellets as she's rather special to me. Don't like using them really though, so I may try the garlic tea spray first.

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