Latest posts by lilly3

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!

Cotoneaster Frigidis

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 09:00
Does anyone know, is it due to our weird weather this last year that I have no berries on my normally abundant cotoneaster? The blackbirds are going to be very hungry as they love them.

Daffodils and tulips

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 22:28

I always understood that foliage from daffodils and tulips should be left to yellow and wither away. But in the "what to do now " section in it says to cut back to ground now.   Most of the foliage on mine is still fairly green, because of the late spring. So now I'm confused . What are other gardeners doing?


Posted: 08/06/2013 at 07:51

Thank you Dove. That sounds encouraging. I knew to leave the foliage but didn't realise about the application of fertiliser. Does that apply to daffodils as well?


Posted: 08/06/2013 at 03:49

Monty confused me last night on GW when advising about tulips. I grew all mine in the garden so does the same treatment apply as the pot grown ones he talked about?  This is the first year I've grown a lot of tulips and I chose all Lilly flowered ones that cost £££, and didn't realise they don't do we'll in subsequent years so really dissapointed.

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