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Posted: 17/08/2012 at 20:36

 It's a bit blurry 'cos the wind was blowing the fennel about a bit, but this wonderful hornet visited my garden today - it was buzzing as loud as a small aeroplane 

Spring Bulbs

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 20:12

Our local garden centre has had new stock Christmas cards on sale for over a week!!!


Posted: 17/08/2012 at 19:20

Hi Flowerpotty, nice to know we have tiny  Russian Giants in common 

Talkback: Wordsworth's garden at Dove Cottage

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 19:17

Another garden and environment which certainly shaped English Literature is John Clare's Cottage and garden at Helpston

It gives reality to our understanding of life as it was lived in John Clare's days, with straw mattresses on the floor and a never-ending family of children filling a tiny space. What appears to us now as a home of calm simplicity must have been full of life, noise, children and never ending household tasks.  

But the garden .... the garden is wonderful, full of plants, herbs and flowers grown at the time, and reveals just a little of the reason that John Clare had the countryside coursing through his veins.

Azalea wilting and going brown - help!

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 16:25

That can sometimes happen if the rootball is dry when your repot it - it should be really well soaked and some of the roots teased out so that they find their way into the new compost - the azealea plant might have dried out if the roots weren't in the new soil.  Sometimes, if a plant's compost is very dried out, even if you soak it the water doesn't penetrate - a tiny squirt of washing up liquid can help the water get into the compost as it acts as a 'wetting agent'.

The orange spheres are likely to be a slow  release fertiliser or similar that was in the compost when you bought the plant.

Don't think taking the middle out of it will have killed it, but azelea's aren't keen on being 'hard pruned' so it won't have done it any good either.

Also people often don't realise that azaleas are forest shrubs and don't like too  much strong sunshine, particularly if their roots are dry - so the sunshine we'd been waiting for for so long might have been the last straw for it. 

You can either give it another go, pop it back in the pot again, this time teasing out the roots, give it a good soaking and put it in a shady corner and see what happens, or you can get another plant.  I'd probably do both 


Posted: 17/08/2012 at 16:07


Posted: 17/08/2012 at 13:34

I would leave them to grow into fern and then cut them down as usual, this will help to build the plant up for next year.  

You mention leaving them to produce seed - I would remove any female plants from an asparagus bed as the production of seed takes energy from the plant which we would prefer to be directed into producing new spears next year.

Azalea wilting and going brown - help!

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 13:28

How big is the plant and how big is the pot?  Where abouts does it live?  Can you post us a picture of it?


Posted: 17/08/2012 at 12:56

So much depends on where you're going to plant it, soil type, sun, shade, coastal, windy etc etc etc, but all things being equal I'd suggest one of these

They come in other colours too.

Need some help with my blackcurrant plant

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 12:50

This will show you how to prune

and there's some more information here

Good luck 

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