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ID and help please

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 16:06

That's an elderberry bush (Sambucus) grown from a seed in a bird dropping.  It's growing in the accumulation of leafmould that has accumulated in the fork of those branches.  It's roots won't penetrate the robinia; if you want to remove it you can just pull it out. 

Buddleja Lochinch Problem

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 16:00

It does look a bit sorry for itself - can you see all that greening on the soil around it?  That indicates that the soil is damp and sour with not enough air in it.

I would lift that shrub and replant - first preparing another planting site by digging in a generous helping of organic matter - multi-purpose compost would be fine, and a generous helping of horticultural grit.  The grit will help improve the drainage in that area.  Dig that in over an area of about a square metre, and then plant your buddleja in the middle of it.  

When you plant it water it in once, say a small prayer and then ignore it for at least a month - in a month's time, if the soil is dry an inch below the surface give it half a bucket of water and leave it another month, and repeat until the autumn.  


Direction arrow

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 15:47

Contact address here 

Rose suckers?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 15:46

The RHS website describes Rosa Ballerina as having "usually thorny stems" , so your long shoots sound right 


Posted: 26/05/2014 at 15:40

They only flower once a year and should have finished flowering by now.  

I would lift and replant them now; just keep the soil around them moist (not soggy)  If they are in large clumps you could also split the clumps and they will bulk up again over the next year. 


Posted: 26/05/2014 at 15:15

Sorry Lily, think we've got all the fine weather  - hazy sunshine all day so far - a nice push along the cliff top with the Aged Ps, ice creams and  mugs of hot chocolate (Ma says it's that time of year ) , a stroke of the muzzle and a conversation for Pa with the lovely Shire who pulls the carriage for rides through the town and back to The Lovely Home in time for lunch.  

Now I'm home for a ham sandwich and a long cold drink 


Posted: 26/05/2014 at 09:39

That's what onion leaves do - they'll be fine 

Rose suckers?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 09:33

I do Salino - not keen on stakes - probably why I'm not that keen on standards - I was so relieved when I felt my lollipop bay  could stand on its own.

Steaks on the other hand, are a different matter 

Mony Don

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 09:29

Reminds me of the David Cassidy -v- Donny Osmond debates 

Rolling Stones or the Beatles ......... anyone??? 

Project 'hide the oil tank' complete!

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 09:27

Give your Dad a Gold Star!  First Class Under Gardener 

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