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Magnolia never flowers

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 10:05

A grandiflora will not flower at 2m tall. My grandiflora Exmouth is 25 year old and has been flowering  sporadically through the last ten summers.  It is as tall as the house and the flowers can be seen from the upstairs bedroom window.keep the surface roots well mulched with well rotted compost or farm yard manure.

A much better magnolia for a small garden is M. Soulangeana . Try the garden centres. They will have them in big tubs already in flower. My soulangeana has flowered regularly from about three year old.

Newbie vs Weeds

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 23:23

You can get a special weed n feed for lawns from the garden centre. It kills broad leaved weeds but not grass. You should not put the mowings on the compost heap after you have used this.

Conifer producing dusty clouds

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 22:21

I thought it was the sand from the sahara

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 20:31

I paid with tesco vouchers for some seeds and added on 3 plugs of rozanne geranium as a special. Deliver before end of march. They came on Saturday last. bone dry.3rd doesn't seed to have any roots. I doubt it will make it.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/41074.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 The coin is a £2 used for comparison. They're not what I would call superplugs.

What's the best thing to do with daffodils when the flower has died

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 20:27

Cut the flower head off to stop it using energy to make seed.

Give the bulbs a feed of general fertiliser, and let the bulbs die down naturally. Do not cut green leaves off or tie them up in ponytails or they won't flower next year.

Plant IDs please!

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 20:06

The yellow flowers at the top are forsythia.

Fuschia shrub

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 20:04

Fuchsias usually respond well to hard pruning. The cut down stems should shoot this year. If you cut the rest down next year, it should be rejuvenated.

Conjoined Daffodils

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 17:55

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/41010.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 fasciated Helleborus niger seedpod

Conjoined Daffodils

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 17:43

It sounds like fasciation. This happens when the growing point has been damaged at some point. It could be due to something as simple as an aphid biting it. Next year it will probably be normal. Last year I had it on a mullein and on linaria. I have a helleborus niger that has a very queer seed pod. I assume that it the same. I'll take a photo before it gets dark.

Bee

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 17:40

We had tree bees in two of the bird nesting boxes last year. If you ignore them they will depart at the end of the season.

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