Posted: 26/07/2016 at 18:30
I wonder if anyone can help?
I have two potentilla plants that seem to be more woody than fresh growth. I was thinking of replacing them with some daphne plants as we have very little interest in the way of winter flowers apart from Jan/Feb/March when some snowdrops and daffs come up (maybe the odd crocus). Do you think it is relatively reasonable/sensible idea?
Secondly, I have been saddened and disappointed by the lack of plant success this year. My baskets, for example, have been failing so about a week or so ago I repotted them with some petunias that were on offer but instead of putting them back outside I have moved them into the greenhouse. What a difference... all windows, doors etc are open so it's more like a cold frame but they have come on leaps and bounds. I have planted the same plants in outside pots but unfortunately they are not doing so well. My guess, therefore, is that the weather is too wet/damp and cold/luke warm to help the plants perform their best. Is this a reasonable guess or a cop out?
I also have a shrub that has been more or less woody with very little growth since we moved in (December 2013). As this is my grandfather's garden I am reluctant to get rid of it. Do you think it will ever come back to flourish or should I cut my losses and replace it? I also do not know what it is. Some pictures are below.