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My poor Rhododendron

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 13:41

I don't grow rhodos (wrong sort of soil) so not my specialist subject, but I've been googling - unhappily this article on phytophthora looks as if it might shed some light

Don't know what others think?

My poor Rhododendron

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 13:37

My thinking was that the newer growth is softer and more likely to wilt and go floppy if short of water.

However, it would seem that's not the problem ...............  can you check the stems thoroughly and see if there's any damage?

Taken over garden - a few ornamental grasses and dogwoods to identify....

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 13:32

I would cut the dogwoods right back as shown here  and top dress with a sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone. 

.... scroll down to No. 7.  You'll be surprised at how much new growth you'll get this summer and how beautiful the long straight growths will look next winter once the leaves fall. 


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 13:27

That's an idea PD - come the revolution we could probably be fairly self-sufficient 

Raised beds, How to fill?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 13:07

Hi Figleaves

I put permeable landscaping fabric on the bottom, lined the sides with heavy duty polythene and filled it with 50% topsoil from the garden centre and 50% well rotted farm yard manure again from the gc.  

Every year I top dress it with another layer of well-rotted  FYM in the spring and it grows lovely veg.

Replacement for overgrown ivy and heavily-trimmed shrubs in clay soil

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 13:03

Phil, I feel for you - when we moved here the fences were covered with thick ivy

 You've done your landlady a favour, heavy rain brought our fences down a few weeks after we'd moved in and the whole garden had to be refenced!

 I suggest that if your landlady wants her property to have more privacy in the garden then she should get a builder to erect panels of trellis along the tops of the fences

 and then you can plant clematis and honeysuckle etc, training them up and along the trellis.  

Good luck.  

My poor Rhododendron

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 12:54

I know it seems a strange thing to say after the winter we've had, but apart from anything else, it looks thirsty to me.  We're on free-draining loam and our soil has dried out very quickly.  

Check the soil and if it's dry give it a thorough soaking - several buckets full!  



Posted: 17/03/2014 at 12:28

Ooooh Clari ((hugs)) poor you 


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 12:27

I suspect the fascinating leaf-cutter bee 

S.Pierre variety of tomatoes

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 11:20

I agree with iGrow - almost any tomato is tastier than those two, which I have always found to be bland.  

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