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Red robin won't grow

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 13:12

I would not want to disagree with others who are no doubt far more knowledgeable than me, but this looks like my Red Robin.   It took a couple of years to get going, but now it is lovely.   The red leaves and shoots are only apparent on new growth, so prune back in Spring and the red will appear.  Then you will understand why people like it. 


Posted: 05/09/2016 at 08:56

Sorry Faurygirl. Predictive text has much to answer for!


Posted: 05/09/2016 at 08:54

Thanks Faithful. I have heavy clay which I dig compost into whenever I plant anything so perhaps that's the problem. Not sure what the answer is, but it has spread well so will probably need to dig some up for next year.


Posted: 04/09/2016 at 17:48

I have a bed of yarrow which is now in its second year. But it has not produced any flowers despite having a good foliage. Any ideas please on what I gave done wrong ?

Reviving an elderly Peiris

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 16:35

Sorry about the spelling everyone.  You should have seen my attempts at ericaceous!!!

Thanks Verdun, I will try sequestered iron, and regular feeing.  

I may have to replace it eventually, but according to OM I keep plants way beyond their useful life, and this has been with me a long time...

Thanks for all the help.



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Reviving an elderly Peiris

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 14:45

I have an elderly but much loved Peiris, which is probably about 18 years old.  It is in a v.large pot and each spring I feel and top dress it, removing about 2 - 3 inches of soil and replacing it with new ericaceous compost.   However this year is has lost lots of leaves, those left have gone blotchy and drooping.  Although it has some good flower spikes, it looks decidedly sorry for itself.  I have watered it and feel it with epsom salts, but wonder if I can do anything else.   It was potted on last summer, so is not rotbound.   Any help would be welcome as I do not want to lose it.


Posted: 05/03/2016 at 14:36

I am looking to plant climbing roses in a more shady part of the garden, where a number of trees have been felled and tallish stumps left, so want to train climbers up the stumps.  Thought repeat climbing roses would suit.   There is still a leafy canopy but sunshine for part of each day.  Any suggestions as to which might be more suitable.  Busy I really like the look of Compassion - anyone know how it will fare?anyt.   

Hedgehog Help

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 14:28

signed and shared. 

plants for deep shade

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 11:23

I have about a quarter of my garden in this type of shade with a canopy of trees.  I have gradually added some of the plants mentioned here, but have not a much longer list of possible new ones.  Thanks so much everyone.  

I do have a lovely Fatsia, that is about 5', with flowers (at least that is what I assume they are) it looks great, but is only a single stem.   Is there anything I can do to make it bushier, or have I left it too late?   In which case can I buy another and plant nearby and keep that shrubby?  Or will this not work.   

Clay soil and boggy lawn

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 11:13

We had the same problems, our clay soil is something a good potter would kill for!  In the end we dug up the lawn and laid it to gravel, with lots o pots, seating areas etc. The bonus is I have much more time now to spend on the rest of the garden.

Not the answer for everyone, but works for me.


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