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Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 20:55

 Strange 'cracks' in all leaves.

some good aerial roots.

no new leaves for weeks. No flowers for over a year.

New compost and orchid specific pots, plus the best feed I could find (Akerne's Rain Mix plus only ever rainwater).

Good exposure, plenty of light (east) but no direct sun.

Watered weekly, from base only, standing them in sink for an hour.

i also regularly spritz the leaves and clean with plain water.

my dad has been growing them successfully for years and he is as stumped as me.

Are they diseased?

please help, I only have one left 

What's your worst nemesis, your most dreaded weed or plant?

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 20:36

Ivy, ivy, IVY! 

Bloody everywhere.

Snails love it.

Many neighbours don't tend their gardens at all, so the ivy is constantly encroaching and out of control, as are several pests and other weeds.




Rant over, thank you.

Life after Bamboo

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 16:35

Hi, I'm afraid I can't see your photo.

There is also a variety of bamboo which does not spread like the more common types - apparently - but after going through a bamboo removing month of hell myself, I sort of went off bamboo for life 

Not knowing what kind of soil you have, what exposure or situation, or how high a screen you're looking to create, I'm going to throw a few randoms your way!

Is there a fence on that side, trellis?

Could you grow some large shrubs against that, like smoke bush, pieris, aucuba, choisiya? Or train some climbers up there if you have a fence/trellis? Jasmines, clematis, climbing roses?

It really does depend what you like, and on the other factors mentioned before.

What have I grown?

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 16:26

Yes, definitely a dahlia leaf that. Lucky you!

Plant suggestions please!

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 16:24

What about a sarcococca confusa? Lovely highly scented white flowers in winter, almost black berries follow. Fine in a pot, does well in partial to full shade.

shady, wet spot plant recommendations needed

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 12:53

Gardening G - in Obelix's garden photo above, it is the lovely almost yellow/green grass, slightly left of centre, front row bordering the paving. Obelixx's look like several plants grow next to each other - am I right Obelixx? They look lovely when they get larger and join together, bit like a cascade of leaves. As Verdun says, very classy and also very easy to grow and maintain. They really do their own thing. Mine are intermixed with ophiopogon black grass. I think my variety is called All Gold. never seen a purply or an orangey one - off too google 

shady, wet spot plant recommendations needed

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 11:27

Obelixx, which type is yours then? It sounds lovely with the purple rib. Can never have too much Hakkonechloa!

shady, wet spot plant recommendations needed

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 11:18

My hakkoneichloa (I have two varieties, the golden one and the variegated one, can't recall the names), are deciduous, so at the moment they are a pale coppery bronze but the leaves have all died back. They look quite nice though, even in that state. New leaves emerge around April time where I am.

shady, wet spot plant recommendations needed

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 10:34

obelixx that is beautiful 

shady, wet spot plant recommendations needed

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 10:29

Alchemilla is lovely - I agree with Dove, it isn't a thug at all.

How about some pulmonaria perhaps (white or blue flowers) or a smaller sarcococca bush which is evergreen and has tiny whitish flowers around now, which ar heavily scented and smell amazing if you are walking past?

My sarcococca and pulmonaria do well in heavy clay soil in full shade.

Discussions started by Jess is in the Garden

Wilting pelargonium leaves

What disease is this? 
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What is this succulent please?

Label fell off and I can't remember! 
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Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Lost 3, this is my last one standing... 
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Lobelia/Pratia pedunculata or Blue Star Creeper

Where can I buy it? 
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Golfinches have landed!

Best seed for them? 
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Dreaded thrips

How can I get the better of them this year?! 
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Last Post: 28/01/2015 at 19:32

Clematis Cirrhosa

does it flower in its first year? 
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Last Post: 08/01/2015 at 12:35

Sternbergia Autumn. daffodils

Still no flowers... 
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Last Post: 27/01/2015 at 16:23

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Any ideas? 
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Best online retailer? 
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Clematis Alba Luxurians

Why do I have to prune it mid. February? 
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Last Post: 01/10/2014 at 21:31

Nematodes for thrips

Too late to apply in a sheltered London garden? 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 14:49

Gardenia to be moved

From outdoors to indoors 
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Last Post: 31/01/2015 at 11:08

Thalictrum needs a boost

Will it re flower if I deadhead or more? 
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Last Post: 17/07/2014 at 21:08

Erodium Bishops Form

Has never re-flowered :-( 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 22:43
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