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Lupin flower problem

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 22:15

I have not been lucky with lupins.   They last a year or two and then give up on me.     I love them, so at a flower show this year I made a bee-line for a lupin specialist stall and tackled them on the problem.    I was told "treat them mean!"     Give them poor soil, not richly improved as all my flower bed soil is.    So, as I can't make my soil poor, I have accepted that I will have to buy a couple of plants every two years or so.

plant in shade

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 21:54

Is it dry under your hedge?     Astilbes like shade, but they like moisture too.

Hydrangea going brown

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 09:01

Perhaps put a saucer under the pot?     Also, is it too hot for it situated next to your barbecue?


Posted: 12/06/2015 at 21:35

Try growing a curry plant - usually found in herb section at the garden centre.    I put one in my front garden to keep the local cats away, and it worked for me.     Of course, you do get a whiff of curry yourself, but I don't mind that.

japanese knotweed

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 22:13

I have suffered this problem in the past - there is only one remedy : move house!

Help little flies everywhere

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 17:29

I agree - yellow sticky traps are a great way of catching them.


Posted: 09/03/2015 at 22:21

I use my compost as a mulch, and I can't see any reason why you should not use yours for this purpose.   

Montbretia eradication

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 22:20

I have been fighting a similar battle in my back garden, and in my front garden the battle is with grape hyacinths.     I don't believe there is a quick cure for either plant.   Good luck!

budliha pruning

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 22:07

Yes, cut down now.    My method of pruning is to reduce height by half in the autumn after flowering, and then reduce by half again in the spring, ie. March.


Posted: 31/12/2014 at 15:00

I went round the Olympic Park in London last week, and there were banks of daffodils out in full bloom.    And in other London parks too.    In my West Midlands garden they are only showing some leaf.

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