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Help - my rhododendron's poorly

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 20:25

Liri's right - the other bits in that pic are fine so unless it's in other areas it you can probably just take those leaves off and see how it goes. Rhodies are pretty trouble free on the whole unless they're in the wrong conditions or something obvious like strangled by other planting or suffering from drought. 

I've cleaned out my greenhouse

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 20:20

I don't think I'm attentive enough for lots of cuttings if they're needing any kind of cossetting or attention nut. That's why I like that method for dianthus 

I think lots of plants might take that treatment. I'll let you do the experimenting while I build containers and fences....

I used to have Mrs Sinkins - was thinking of getting her again for this garden. Dianthus are great plants for any style of garden - they have great structure, beautiful  'perfect' little flowers,  tactile foliage, wonderful scent  and are great in containers. What more do you need?  

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 20:12

But have you got the glasses to be Dame Edna chicky ?  I expect Elton might have a few pairs going...

How about a deep purple to go with the orangey roses ladies? BL - you have clematis Etoile Violette don't you? I think that sort of colour is great with orange. 

Help - my rhododendron's poorly

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 20:04

MrsG - is that the small one you talked about a while ago? It really doesn't look very happy there, but is it just a few leaves?  What's the rest of it like?

when should I prune Buddleia ?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 20:02

That's pretty dwarf for a buddleia then Miranda 

I love buddleias even if they're a bit common - they're so good for bees and butterflies. Does your cream one look a bit scruffy when the flowers die back though? It's the one drawback of the whites as opposed to the  pinks and purples, but at least with a small one it's easier to keep on top of the deadheading!


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:57

DD   You'll get there 

Lesley -it's my fault, the chattering. That's what happens when I have time off work- I start to wander a bit and thoughts turn to all sorts of misadventure....

Buddleia now hacked and branches disposed of in various ways - honeysuckle likewise.  Oldest fairy got her pickaxe into the roots so it's pretty much gone to the big compost bin in the sky...well the local tip anyway. Plenty more little buds on the lower bits of buddleia to keep the bees and butterflies happy for a while yet, then it'll be going the same way unless I feel like attempting to plant it somewhere else. Unlikely though. 

I've cleaned out my greenhouse

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:38

Brilliant nut - and we'll want proof that you're doing those cuttings too 

I layer and peg down dianthus as I've never been successful with them as cuttings so hope you do better than me! 


when should I prune Buddleia ?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:25

I expect they get pruned in the same way as standard ones Miranda. A few people on the forum have them so they will be better able to advise on that. You might not need to do the autumn pruning - mainly done to avoid wind rock, which just means the heavier, taller branches make it top heavy, so branches can break and sometimes the shrub uproots, but that depends on your conditions and site etc.

I've heard some people saying that the dwarf ones aren't as 'dwarf' as they're made out to be though! 

Tree ID please.

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:17

They benefit from cutting back as you get the best colour on the new foliage, but let it get well established and a decent size before you charge in with the loppers Jack 

Royal Purple's the one most places will stock but you can always look online as well, or check out a nursery if you have one near enough. The nursery nearest me stocks several varieties and now does mail order but it would be a bit expensive for one plant! 


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:10

Don't know about tree peonies DD, but the usual ones just die back themselves so  perhaps it's just doing that as it's that time of year. Or does it look sad in some other way?

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