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Olive tree growing problems

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 19:45

Hello William

William Couch wrote (see)

Hi all,

.... What am I doing wrong?....

You're being impatient, that's all   Olives are Mediterranean plants that love sunshine and warmth - they won't grow in the sort of temperatures we've had in the UK up until now.  It'll wake up when the weather picks up. 

The thing that finishes them off more often than not is having cold and wet feet - they can cope with cold but not cold and wet.  Make sure the compost is free-draining and wrap the pot in bubblewrap in the winter and keep it dryish.




Posted: 25/04/2015 at 19:29

You too Hosta   and everyone else

What can I put in a tub with sunflowers?

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 19:26

Even sunflowers planted in the ground need staking or tieing to some sort of support - mine will be up against a 2 metre tall fence and tied in. 

You'll have to find some way of holding yours upright - it would be such a shame to come outside one morning and find it had blown over


Posted: 25/04/2015 at 19:21

I've got a Hadspen Blue here - it looks great with plummy/bronzy/orangey/creamy/ yellowish tones

Well, supper is over, kitchen put back to rights and feet are up

Odd Bod Bird

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 18:36

There are cage-birds and poultry that have frizzled feathers - with them it's obviously a mutation which has been bred for, so presumably it can happen in the wild - it will be interesting to see if he has offspring that carry the same mutation.

ID Please

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 18:32
Fritillary wrote (see)

Is it Nepeta Mussini?

That's what I was thinking of!   

Should I pinch out a Delphinium?

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 18:31

Hi Pips and welcome

No, leave it to flower - when the spike has finished flowering you can cut it down to below the last flower and then with any luck it will throw out some more flowering shoots.

crown imperial

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 18:28

I only get 50% success with them in this garden - in a previous garden they were in a confined well drained stone-sided bed in full sun and they were very crowded and quite shallowly planted - they bloomed their socks off. 

I'm trying to reproduce those conditions, but I just don't have a spot that gets sun all day. 

ID Please

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 18:24

I recognise it but can't for the life of me remember it's name - does it have little purplish/lilac flowers?

Odd Bod Bird

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 18:22

How odd!  It looks as if he's started to moult but it's not completed properly - if I were you I'd get in touch with your local Wildlife Trust and send them your picture.

Keep us informed

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