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Dying Rhododendron

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:42

Is the  bed it's  in saturated? Sometimes it can act like a soakaway and therefore it's just like sitting in a big container of water. Dig down a little and have a look. BL's right about the gravel too, but after the really wet winter I think it's more likely to be wet than anything. Rhodies like damp soil but like the majority of plants they don't want to sit in it permanently. 

How soon can I plant violas in teacups for 14 June wedding?

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:36

At this rate-  you'll need to give them a bucket each instead of a teacup PF! 

How soon can I plant violas in teacups for 14 June wedding?

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:26

Saxifrages as well PF. They can be divided easily and grow very quickly at this time of year.  I think you might struggle to get the geranium cheaply though. I planted some in the retaining sandstone walls on a terrace  at my last house and it was glorious. 

Plant ID

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:23

You normally just divide them to propagate - I have a white one and I just pull bits off and stick them in pots to grow on. I wouldn't recommend taking a bit if it's not on your own property though.

Plant ID

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:20

It's a little saxifrage. Don't know which one - there's loads. Pretty aren't they? 

soil preparation

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:18

Merlot- you can't get any more comprehensive advice than the posters above have given. 

Good luck with the project 

How soon can I plant violas in teacups for 14 June wedding?

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:14

I'd stick them in small pots, but if you don't have time,they'll be fine until next month PF .

Keep them somewhere sheltered and out the full sun - if you have any - and dead head whenever you can 

Some of the alpine size geraniums would be a good alternative. There's a little deep pink one with a dark centre called Ballerina if you can source it. Osteospermums would be easy to get - but they might be a bit on the big side.

Clematis for a south facing border

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:08

The best advice I can give is to keep training/tying in the clematis round the obelisk rather than up. It requires a little effort but well worth it. There's so many varieties Scott - it's really a matter of your own preference for colour mostly. I'd agree with obelixx about one for each obelisk- (that's quite hard to say!)

I've just bought Niobe (dark purpley red) for this garden, which I love, and I'm considering it for an obelisk rather than a bed. Take a look at Taylor's Clematis online (other nurseries available too) which will show you some lovely choices -  you can type in your preference - season of flowering, colour, aspect etc. Only trouble is, you'll want tons of them! 

photo uploads from phone

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 11:15

The forum members aren't the right people to ask about getting new techie stuff - we're mostly just simple gardeners. Perhaps if you email the main site they will be able to advise 

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