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Overwintering fuschias in hanging baskets

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 09:14

I have tried two systems.  One is hanging the baskets in the greenhouse which works well as long as they don't freeze in a cold winter and the other is transferring them to a window box on a table in the attic under a window.   The latter is guaranteed frost free but you have to remember to go and water occasionally.


Posted: 02/10/2015 at 15:03

Sounds like a combination of general hunger and specific chlorosis to me.

Re-pot in fresh ericaceous compost, water with some sequestered iron solution and give it a foliar feed by pouring over a solution made from 15ml of Epsom salts diluted in 5 litres of water.  Repeat the foliar feed weekly till the frosts come and start again next spring if needed.

Every spring, replace the top couple of inches of compost with fresh and ad d a handful of slow release feed such as blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure.   Always water with rainwater or else tap water with added sequestered iron as this helps the roots take up nutrients that keep the plant healthy.

pruning Hibiscus

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 14:58

The hardy ones - hybiscus syriacus types - are deciduous and often don't get their new leaves again until June in may garden if we've had a hard winter.   This year it was early May.

Hibiscus rosa-siniensis is from tropical China and not frost tolerant at all so, whilst it may enjoy a sunny spot outdoors in summer, it needs to be brought in once temperatures cool and protected till the last frosts are well past in May.   

See here for info from the RHS - 

Scarifying lawn

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 12:36

Pile in a quiet, sheltered corner with some bits of log and old wood for critters to shelter in or put it on the compost heap.  

Ornamental trees

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 11:30

Very nice but horse chestnuts are susceptible now to a pest that turns their leaves brown in summer so they'll never thrive and there's the fast spreading ash die-back disease that has arrived and is killing trees.   

Phuopsis stylosa aka Crosswort

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 10:01

Thanks Busy.  I shall be putting it where it will be contained by a path edge so should be OK.

Yellowing Rhododendrons

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 08:49

Yes, it works for any chlorotic plant.

Yellowing Rhododendrons

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 00:04

Could be magnesium deficiency.  Try a foliar feed with Epsom salts diluted at a rate of 15ml of salts to 5 litres of water.  Pour over all the leaves using the rose on your watering can.

Ornamental trees

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 00:01

Liquidambar for fabulous spring and autumn foliage and magnolia if your soil is right and you are not exposed to heavy spring frosts that will spoil the magnolia flowers.

Cercidiphyllum japonica smells of caramel at this time of year and has good autumn leaf colour.   



Geum Totally Tangerine

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 23:31

Living where you do Busy, you should be able to acquire a machine called a détaupeur at your local garden centre.   Google it for a demo video.

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