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Plant id

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 15:37 there are so many varieties, you might be best to look in the RHS books.  According to their site, it looks as though it could be Rhododendrum racemosum.  Very pretty.

Tomato Plant Concern

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 15:34

Going by your 'tag', I assume you are in Indiana.  As I recall, the Great Lakes area has quite variable temperatures/conditions but I see you are probably in Zones 5-6.  I suggest you get the advice from a local garden centre/nursery who would know the particular conditions - including soil - of your own area.  Tomatoes can be choosy but I do know that more and more are being bred for specific regions.  The ones I used to grow in Canada, suitable for our particular area of British Columbia, are not available here.  However, the ones I do get in my local garden centres are just perfect for our eastern England weather.  Your best bet would probably be to grow them in containers from start to finish, that way you can control their environment!

Moving shrubs

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 16:12

I've redone a garden (several years ago now) and I took out all the shrubs and perennials and 'heeled' them into a veg patch, then just kept them watered for the 3 weeks it took to clear, relandscape (terracing with ties) and refill with new top soil the new garden.  When I came to move the shrubs back, I just placed them in and hoped for the best.  I did add a tiny bit of bone meal and root compost to the base of the hole, and I did water well (using a 'channel' around each one in the beginning), giving them a  good feed at the same time.  Of all the plants - around 20 that I saved - I think I lost only 2.  If you don't have a separate piece of ground as I did, then I think a couple of those flexibins which you can get in the 'pound shops' quite cheaply would hold them until you can put them back (even if they're a bit crowded) - and be useful afterwards.


Posted: 02/05/2017 at 11:11

I pruned - as always - immediately after flowering.  The one tree is, I must admit, more shaded this year because of extreme growth (which has happened everywhere) of the trees behind.  However, the other is receiving exactly the same amount of light as always.  We have finally received permission to prune the trees of the 'medieval hedge' behind our property (subjectg to a TPO) which will help somewhat with tree no. 1 but I don't think that's the whole problem.  I'm glad to hear that I am not alone, Musher, although I must admit that there is no difference in leaf size in my trees.  Well, we'll just cherish the few flower heads we do have and hope for better things next year!!.  Thanks for your input, Forkers: as always, I knew I could rely on someone out there! 

Happy gardening in this beautiful - and slightly warmer, thank goodness - weather!


Posted: 02/05/2017 at 08:56

Has anyone else got a problem with their lilacs?  I have 2 white lilacs which, for the 6 years we've been here, have flowered beautifully and heavily.  Both trees - in separate parts of the garden - are healthy with no leaf drop/curl/yellowing, no bugs of any description and there has been no change in the way they are treated.  Everything in their vicinity is doing very well.  Yet the lilac flowerheads are few and far between this year; I have to say that those which are there are very healthy.  We live in Newark...any ideas?

Containers of tulips

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 10:04

Many thanks for that advice...I shall follow it all to the letter.  I have an old windowbox which I can put them in to "over-summer".  I shall look forward to seeing them again next year!  Deep mauve and pale cream in one pot and red and bright white in another; they've been fabulous so I'd love to keep that going for a couple of years at least!!

Breaking the rules

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 14:53

Indeed, pbff; and aren't we lucky to have plants?  All this sunshine and my spring flowers are all blooming away as though there's no tomorrow.  And as for the crab apple - suffice to say that I think I may need to get a whole load more Kilner jars this year...

What plant is this?

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 14:33

I agree.  Looked on the internet and it looks like Weigela 'Florida Golden', very striking indeed!

Breaking the rules

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 14:22

Who needs rules?  I have 'shade' plants in sun and vice versa.  I've moved stuff in autumn when it should have been spring and I've somehow or other managed to keep plants going.  I had a houseplant many years ago which my sister-in-law said was in entirely the wrong place as it "hated draughts" was absolutely beautiful.  They needed a temporary home in between properties and, as we were going on holiday, they stayed in our house.  Need I say what happened?  Yup, you're all correct...she moved it - and it died!  'Nuff said.

Containers of tulips

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 14:17

For the first time, I've grown tulips in containers - and very lovely they've been, too!  However, they're now about to be dead-headed.  Should I leave them in the containers, unwatered, to die back and then lift and dry them for next autumn, or am I supposed to leave them in and over-plant them.  When we return from holiday on around 20 May, I'm going to need those containers to fill with pelargoniums, etc. and I think the tulip bulbs, although properly planted, are to shallow to accommodate roots as well.  Any suggestions, pretty please?

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