Freebie Queen

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Help My Magnolia

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 21:41

It's a Black Tulip.

Help My Magnolia

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 21:01


Can anyone tell me what is wrong with my Dads magnolia. It was planted this spring and was doing well. It lookes really good until the recent cold weather. Is this just suffering from the cold or is there something wrong with it. It looks pretty much like my roses, which always look like this before the leaves drop off. Ideas greatfuly recieved.

Many thanks




a very miserable lady.

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 18:08

We live in Norfolk where we usually have drought conditions year on year. Our garden is planted with drought loving plants and some of those aren't very happy with being soaked. All veg is poor. Peas are huge and lush but no peas. Courgettes still only have 6 tiny leaves with 5 male flowers so far. Onions are like giant spring onions, they haven't bulbed yet. Tomatoes are pretty good though, given them very little water and kept the greenhouse ajar. Too cold for chillis though, had to throw them away.

One good thing I have found is that it's cool enough to concentrate on cuttings. Plus we can keep on top of garden chores like weeding, pruning & pot washing. (Between the showers). Something else i've been able to do is move plants around, which normally has to wait until autumn. Then, when summer does arrive we can be more relaxed and enjoy the garden. I've also sown grass seed because it's cool and wet enough. It can get frustrating when gardening is your life, don't give up, it will get better.

And although water bills are down, heating bills are up. Can't win can we?


Posted: 16/07/2012 at 17:39

Thankyou so so much Sotongeoff. You have made my day. I don't know about 100 brownie points, you deserve the Girl Guide badge for problem solving.


Posted: 15/07/2012 at 12:27

Adverts should not interfere with the use of a website. I'm having a lot of trouble accessing forum functions as well as the drop down menu for accessing my persoanl stuff. When I try to use my drop down menu it opens up behind the B***** advert.

I've never known an advert like this one before. Someone take it off or make it stationary please.

I am already on firefox. What is Ad-mucher?

Pain of an advert

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 23:32

Who's idea was it to put this dreadful advert on here. It's in 2 places on one page. So many times I go to click on something and I happen to put my cursor into the invisible box and it unwraps. Adverts can get on your nerves at the best of times, but this one is driving me nuts


Posted: 14/07/2012 at 19:03

I agree with you Shrinking Violet, the Nicandra (shoo-fly) plant is incredible. They suddenly appeared in our garden 2 years ago. We also live in Norfolk, but we were so impressed with this jurasic looking plant, that we took some down to our parents in Berkshire. If all Norfolk people keep doing this, there may be a pandemic. Ours grew last year to about 5'. They do self seed everywhere and take some getting rid of, but we use them to hide the compost bins and have a patch of garden to themselves. They are well worth having, if you keep them controlled. There's nothing else like them.  Thought you might like to see some photo's.

 You can see the size of them compared to the pansies underneath.

 This is the beautiful flower

These are the chinese lantern shape seed pods they produce, which are just as beautiful as the flowers. The purple/black stems are also very striking. I get thousands of seeds from one plant, so don't let the plant seed itself. Apart from picking out the thousands of plants you don't want, your neighbours may not talk to you again.


Buddleia turning yellow

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:04

Thats a shame, I'll do that then. Thanks everyone.

Buddleia turning yellow

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 12:51

This is what my buddleia looks like. It is very old and unloved. When i moved here 4 years ago it was in the middle of the lawn and hadn't been pruned for years.

 I pruned it back hard the first year, it grew and flowered beautifuly. I moved it the second year, started yellowing then getting covered in what might be litchen. I left it alone for a year to recover from being moved. It has new growth but no sign of flowers, older and some new leaves are turning yellow and litchen or whatever it is has increased right up the stems.

Should I cut it right back now and pray or what? I hate losing plants.

Buddleia turning yellow

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 21:55

Thankyou so far. I will upload a photo tomorrow.

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