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13 Aug 2017 10:23
Hello, I am no expert, and I'm sure you'll get more knowledgeable advice soon.
What I have done with our orchids is to cut the stem all the way back when the flowers are gone. The orchid grows a new stem when it wants to flower again. I give the pot a good soak every few weeks (place the whole pot two thirds into water and leave it there for half an hour) and do not water in between. That keeps the leaves from getting floppy. Eventually some of the older leaves do shrivel when new ones have grown.
Maybe I'm doing it all wrong, but it seems to work for our orchids! If someone would like to tell us more, I'd love to learn.
21 Jun 2017 11:21
I'm only a novice at gardening, so this is not advice 😶 but I think bamboo would look really nice in the gap, and the lighter green of their leaves would make a nice contrast with the darker shade of the Leylandii. ☺
19 Jun 2017 12:54
Great, will look it up. I think I'll put it somewhere high up where the slugs won't get to it so easily, and I'll add some water retention crystals to the pot so it won't get dehydrated easily. Hopefully it will survive, as it's really pretty!
Thank you both!! 💗
19 Jun 2017 12:35
Thank you lots, nutcutlet! 💕 I'll wait until weather is less clammy (here in Scotland today it's quite warm but cloudy).
The nameless weed is actually in the same pot as the phygelius (some photos are close-ups), and I thought it looked cute and fuzzy! 😶😀 Hopefully it's not too pernicious - maybe I'll keep it in a smallish pot on its own and see how it behaves (though it will probably self-seed all over our garden? 😵).
Thank you once again! ☺
Edit: Oh, forgot to ask about the hosta! I saw recently a very similar one, maybe the same variety, in a beautiful well-established garden. However, the hosta looked like a sieve! Some critter must have taken a real fancy to it. Is there anything I could do to prevent this one having such a fate? Maybe keep it in a pot somewhere high, not on the ground?
Last edited: 19 June 2017 12:39:33
19 Jun 2017 11:35
Thank you, nutcutlet and punkdoc! 😊
I'll look them all up.
From your experience, is there anything I could do to help the hebe a bit? It looks really scraggy and straggly...
I am planning to put all the different plants in fresh compost - do you think it would be best to take all the different plants out and separate them?
Is there anything that you think might be happier in the ground rather than a container? ☺
19 Jun 2017 10:37
Maybe it's a white Astilbe? We have them in pink.
Edit: Aha! Thank you, punkdoc, you are right! I'm learning new things all the time!
Last edited: 19 June 2017 10:41:02
19 Jun 2017 10:33
Hello everyone! I'm new on the forums and quite new to gardening as well.
Yesterday we were kindly given some pots with plants in them, and while I recognize a couple of the plants, such as a hosta and a Campanula persicifolia, I don't know what most of them are! (I can tell that there are weeds in there too, but even then I'm not sure if some are weeds / saplings or cultivated plants.)
Could you please help with identifying the plants, and some advice on how to care for them and hopefully revive them?
Thank you very much!