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Bearded Iris

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 18:26

That sounds wrong to me.  I've always understood that over the years the original rhizome eventually gets too old to flower well, but by then it's produced loads of new rhizomes - that's why we lift and divide every three to four years and discard the old central rhizome

The rhizomes certainly flower more than once.   I'm sure Wonky would agree with me - she was taught about Bearded Irises by the daughter of  Ellis Carpenter, the who was the breeder of the beautiful iris Boxford Spice.

Salix Flamingo - Help required

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 17:52

Salix flamingo is hardy down to some quite low temperatures - see here  - it should be fine outside for the winter, even in Scotland. 

It is deciduous so it will always lose it's leaves in the autumn and grow new ones in ther spring. 

I think you're killing it with kindness. 

Rose with no flowers

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 16:19

As I'm Wonky Womble's mother, I hesitate to comment

What is this, please

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 16:17

Looks like one of the Mallow family - possibly Lavatera, the pretty shrubby one, or it could be the native Common Mallow. 

Do you remember sowing seeds of native wild flowers, or ... ???

Rose with no flowers

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 15:55

I'd agree with Logan - stimulate some side shoots by pruning back a little bit - Wonky Womble finds speaking severely to plants seems to shock them into flowering so you could try that as well

Last few mystery plants in my garden - Help please...

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 15:48

I agree with Cathy43 - take one third of the stems out at the base this year, another third the next year and the last third the following year - you'll have a totally rejuvenated shrub - give it some Fish Blood and Bone and water it in well - that'll perk it up.


Posted: 29/06/2015 at 15:23

Wintersong - beware - gardening and bikinis don't mix.  Once upon a time, when Wonky Womble was a very young cub, I had a fabulous figure and a bikini to match  - one of those little gingham numbers 

Tthere was a heatwave and I was spending most of my time in the bikini top and  flares (it was that long ago) and I was doing a bit of gardening whilst Wonky lay in her pram under the crab apple tree. 

I bent down to pull up a weed, and stood up again just as a lorry drove past the garden - and the lorry driver's face was a picture - I didn't know why until I looked down - I'd  completely 'fallen out'

Lots of tying in and feeding and watering of pots has been done and now I'm cooling off on the sofa with all the windows wide open - thank goodness I've got an excuse to watch the tennis

Rose with no flowers

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 15:13

Is it in sunshine/shade/semi shade?  Has it been moved to a different position since last year?

What compost is it in? 

When was it last repotted in fresh compost? 

What is the feeding regime?


Posted: 29/06/2015 at 13:27

You need one of these


Tomato disaster!

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 13:09

I would hope that they grow lots of side-shoots - the ones that you would normally pinch out, and grow them as bush tomatoes - as for the Under Gardener ... a bit of corrective training would appear to be in order





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