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camellias leaves turning yellow

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 16:48

My camellias are trees.  Have  been shaped in the past but not touched for a few years.  The ground nearby has become very wet.  They flowered profusely however, but now the leaves are yellowing.  They are on the edge of a wood and there is lots of leaf mould around.  Ideal conditions one would have thought although an azalea next door also didn't seem happy but has recovered.  Any further clues?

Bog gardening

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 19:34

Sorry for typos.  One should rread Plantlife

Bog gardening

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 19:33

Please beware invasive species.  Skunk cabbage I believe is one.  Thousands of pounds are being spent to eradicate this and other like parrot's feather, giant hogweed, Himalayan Balsam amonst others.  RHS has a bookklet called Palntlife - keeping ponds and aqauria without harmful invasive plants.  Do look it up.  I am sure you can google it.


Posted: 23/06/2012 at 19:23

Same with mine.  I have planted more than one variety so suspect something wrong with the soil perhpas?  Too much /not enough compost?  Too wet? 

Talkback: Native plants for wildlife ponds

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 18:54

The government is spending a lot of money (some of it EU money) on eradicating Himalayan Balsam, giant hogweed, parrot's feather, floating pennywort and New Zealand pygmyweed which are very invasive and smother other species.  Some garden and aquatic centres still sell these. The RHS has a good guide called Plantlife and your region's Wildlife Trust should be able to help you to source native species.


Posted: 10/05/2012 at 18:45

Don't the bees just love it though?

New site - is it easy to use?

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 18:34

Just joined so much to navigate - however first conundrum is how can you filter the forum so that  you don't have to plough through hundreds of threads to look for say, problems with beetles.  The facility is no doubt htere somewhere but I can't find it. Doh!

Living roof

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 17:33

Did the living roof have a substrate underneath it the 'mat' ?  We are about to instal one and I trust the company that recommends we have a few cms of inorganic, soil less (looks like a dried bark) substrate layer so that the roots can spread.  It is inorganic because you don't want to encourage any and every seed to colonise it.

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