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Bishop of Auckland dahlia buds won't open

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 16:49

Thank you Fidgetbones,for the detail about which are buds and which are seed heads.   I have some of the 'Bishop' Dahlias this year and did not know about deadheading the pointed buds. I thought they were just buds still developing, my deadheading will be more vigorous now!.    

Plant now or overwitner

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 12:55

Thanks everyone, it is beautiful here today so think I will plant the Anemones and pot on the Salvias. Nanny Beach - yes probably same area, but I am a little inland, so no views of the glorious Downs here.

Plant now or overwitner

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 10:47

I have just purchased some Salvia Hot Lips and some Japanese Anemones, which are in 3inch pots.  My question is should I plant them now or it is too late and should I wait until Spring.   They are healthy and still flowering.  I am in the South East with heavy clay soil, which I am steadily dealing with, but I do not want to put them in if they are not able to root

Advice please.

perennials winter care?

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 10:42

Thanks to everyone for their advice, really helpful for me as well.  My Verbena Bonariensis self seeds and regrows every year and I just leave it to its own devices, although I ususally cut it back to the ground where it is a nuisance, such as along the paths.   

I also have heavy clay soil and after trying leaving Dahlias in, lifting them, storing them dry, storing them in dry compost and all the other options I have given up and treat them as annuals, buying them as small plug plants in spring.  For me, and it is probably my lack of skill and knowledge, it is the easiest option.

I also have Asters, which I cut back to the ground once the frosts brown them off.

Magnolia Tree

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 13:43

Thanks this sounds like it would solve my problem.  I would have probably just cut back all the excess branches in one go, but will do it more slowly, as you suggest.  Not good at posting pictures, need much more pracctice!

Would it also help if I took out some of the lower branches?  This would also help with the pathway a bit.

Many thanks

Another Clay Border Problem

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 13:32

Final thought from one Noivce to another.  i also have clay soil, which I swear any potter would kill for.  The garden was established when we moved in, mainly with vinca and weeds!!  

As a mature gardener I have neither the time or energy to dig in loads of manure etc into the garden.  But every time I plant anything new I add lots of grits to the hole, compost and bonemeal to feed it and although it is taking time, it is gradually working in some of the areas I have planted up most.

Also I throw handfuls of grit over the garden when I weed (which is very frequently"!!) and that also seems to help.

Probably not what experienced gardeners would do, but seems to work for me. 

Magnolia Tree

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 14:39

I have a smallish Magnolia tree, which is about 3m x 3m.  It was here when we moved in some ten years ago.  It flowers beautifully every year, and looks very green and healthy all through the summer.   My query is all the leaves are on the outside frame of the tree, and the inside branches are bare.  I water and feed it, usually general purpose feed, but should the inside be devoid of leaves.  

It is overgrowing a pathway, so i need to be able to prune some of the outer branches back to open the pathway, but this will leave that section empty.   

Is this right, great or should it have leaves on all or most of the inner branches? If so what do I need to do.   Also when is the best time to prune it?  

Any advice please? 

What is this weed?

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 14:31

Thanks Watery.  Now the downpours have temporary stopped I have been out and checked my plant.  It does have the 3 lobed leaves, so is the wild strawberry.  I will carry on pulling it out when it gets tooo enthusiastic.   Thanks for your help,     

Quince menace

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 16:39

Thank You Bob.  Will certainly try that.  

Quince menace

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 16:15

OK thanks for the advice about Roundup.   What is SBK?  Checking google only brings up Super Biking...  

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