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Disappearing bulbs

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 09:44
Sorry Lynn, can't be the manure, only added it to the new beds and as I said in all the years I've lived here have never been successful with any type of bulb anywhere.

Disappearing bulbs

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 14:24
Thanks for all your advice. Not sure the mystery solved though as the soil is free draining being in raised beds, no squirrels and although we must have field mice around, they're not very obvious. The recent bulbs that have gone I only planted year before last so can't be congested yet. It's a real mystery to me especially as it's been going on for 30 years! What's so annoying is the daffs which appeared spontaneously in the hedgerow opposite my house years ago and which get no TLC are thriving and spreading nicely!

Disappearing bulbs

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 05:58
I've lived in my house for 30+years and in all that time have planted loads of bulbs. They never seemed to flower much and eventually disappeared altogether. About 3 years ago I made three raised beds for perennials and filled it with very good top soil and lots of manure, which has been added to over the seasons. I also planted approx 50 daffodils, loads of miniature iris and a couple of dozen tulips. This year I've had 2 iris, 14 daffodils and 8 tulips. Has anyone any idea why my garden won't grow bulbs? We don't have any squirrels here as there are very few large trees in the surrounding area.

My poor Rhododendron

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:38
Well thanks to you all for the advice. I'm really depressed now, it looks like I have this dreadful fungus and I'll loose my cherished rhododendron. It's going to leave a whopping gap in the border. Almost certainly this awful wet winter has been the cause.

My poor Rhododendron

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 13:30
I'd thought the same thing Dove, but the soil seems fairly wet. We're on clay here so it doesn't dry out to quickly. Wouldn't the whole plant be affected as well?

My poor Rhododendron

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 12:39

Iv'e had this rhododendron for at least 10 years and planted it in it's present location from a pot about 5 years ago. It's appeared very happy and given me prolific flowerings of gorgeous carmine flowers. But look at the picture, now it looks as if half is ok and the other dying. I haven't yet fed it this spring but it's had rhododendron and camellia feed regularly in the past. Please can anyone give me advice... and hope.


Washed out soil

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 00:58
Thankyou for even more advice. I think I started to be concerned about loss of nutrients when listening to a report on TV. They were speaking to a farmer who said he would have to replace nitrogen in the soil because of the water. I may have got that completely wrong, and I'm only growing flowers anyway. I have done pH test but I'll certainly take extra care with my pots.

Washed out soil

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 18:56
Thanks for the advice, that's a relief! I usually feed the garden well in spring anyway so if the weather starts to warm and dry up lets hope we have a colourful summer.

Washed out soil

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 17:25
Living in the north we haven't had the standing water that has plagued some southern counties but have still had an enormous amount of rain. Could anyone tell me if I need to add anything to the soil, will any nutrients have been washed out? We garden on clay soil. Thanks.

Cotoneaster Frigidis

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 09:53
Thats another odd thing. There was plenty of blossom in spring. It's still got about a third of it's leaves on too. I hope it's not on it's way out, it'll leave a big hole in my border!
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