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Tulip Buds dying

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 14:28

Alina W - I read in another of my garden mags that they can be planted up to 15" deep and just left to it!

Tulip Buds dying

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 15:03

I had this problem last year - had 2 flowers in a 12 inch pot!  not brilliant.  Spoke to the manager in a local garden shop and he said the most likely thing is mice!!, they are so lightweight they can balance on the stems and chew out the buds, just leaving the very papery casing.  Gave it a go again for this year and they weren't very successful either.  Have now decided not to put any in pots again, but will be trying the trick of planting them in the ground about 15" deep (have heard that can be successful) they can then naturalise if they want to.  I've not had any problems with daffodils in pots they were an absolute picture this year.

Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 19:09

I bought a Japonica from a pound shop about 12 years ago, it was no more than 2 twigs with about as many leaves - but I'm always up for a challenge!  kept it in a pot for a while, plenty of tlc and away she went 'grew like Topsy' - planted it out  and it has made a really good shrub, it's about 4' each way at present - have to be quite ruthless with it, it has been flowering for several weeks already and always has loads of really large 'fruit'.  Apart from all of that, along with various berberis (also from very small plants) - it keeps the cats off!!

David Austen Rose - white bobbles on some branches

Posted: 08/03/2012 at 18:29

Contact David Austin,  I bought 'The Ingenious Mr Fairchild' from them and within a short time it seemed to be at the point of death!  one bud struggled on but it turned out white rather than pink and a fraction of the size it should have been and virtually all the leaves fell off.  I Emailed them and when I eventually had a reply I was given the opportunity of a replacement or a completely different rose.  I opted for the replacement as it looks such a lovely rose and with excellent scent, that one certainly looks much healthier - and the first one is still alive, but I don't know if it's ever going to do a great deal, and with the price they are I now hesitate to buy any more from them.  I also find that a lot of D.A's roses are too heavy for the stems - and I do know what I'm doing!

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