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irises going brown and curly

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 11:15


Hemerocallis flowed on Sunday and lasted about 36 hours before turning into a crinkled brown mess! Sunday was VERY hot and our garden in a sun trap... but 36 hours!

watering (i'm new to gardening)

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 11:14

I have been terrible at come back to this, I do apologise.

The reason why I asked the question was because some things were just doing really badly, and I couldnt think of why. I've satisfied myself it's not water though, as there are plants, even of the same species, inches away which are doing fine.

The exception is the lawn in patches, but I think that the soil is relatively poor and thin, so I've been selectively watering and it looks better.

Thanks anyway for the advice.


Greenfly by the million

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 11:11

I like the cayenne pepper idea. With repeated sprays of soapy water we seem to have kept them off recently, but the honeysuckle has taken such a hammering it looks terrible. Gutting when all the other honeysuckle I pass locally is in rude health.

watering (i'm new to gardening)

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 19:58

we have a small London zone 2 garden. it was concrete when we moved in and we worked VERY hard last year to turn it into a small square lawn bordered on two sides by narrow (2') borders.

ive realised I have no idea how often to water! if something wilts then yes obviously, but I mean watering for maximum health and growth

if it doesnt rain, after how many days do I need to water? how much? how often?!

it's been dry for a good week here and the lawn is alredy yellowing...

any advice greatfully received (I feel quite a fool for needing to ask!)


irises going brown and curly

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 19:53


yes it was lovely last week. gutted! so I can either have sun or irises!

weirdly, I have just noticed today that it's only the second flower (to come out) on each stem which is affected. 

Greenfly by the million

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 19:51

how much are ladybirds? 

what stops them flying away??

irises going brown and curly

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 19:17

our irises flowered and were stunning, but the petals almost immediately started going brown and curling up at the tips.

any ideas?

Greenfly by the million

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 19:10

I infused boiling water with orange peel, and spraying that every few days has kept greenfly off our roses, but it doesnt do much good on the honeysuckle, which is COVERED.

Might have to resort to chemicals : (

encouragement for azaleas

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 21:23


encouragement for azaleas

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 13:31

we have a small, shady garden. how can I encourage our azaleas to grow up rather than out?


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irises going brown and curly

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