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Non flowering azalea

Posted: Yesterday at 16:27

Lasy year I bought a Deciduous Azalea Homebush.  It flowered last year, this year the leaves are coming back on it, but no sign of any flowers. It says it flowers May to June.  Is it too early to tell ?

It is in a pretty shady area that gets afternoon / evening sun, and it says it prefers full sun.  Will the lack of sun affect getting flowers ?

If so I'll move it, but just really wanted a rhodo / azalea out the front. So was trying to wing it.  We have lots of rhodo's out the back.

Any advice gratefully received.  thank you.

What age do shrubs start to flower ?

Posted: Yesterday at 12:05

I bought a 3lt Weigela 'Florida Variegata' last April and it looks healthy, but I can't see any sign of any flowers / buds.

It made me wonder, do shrubs have to be a certain age / size before they start flowering ?  (apologies if this is a ridiculous question) My neighbours Weigela is about to burst into flower. (may be a different variety, but I did try to match it as I liked it so much)

Any ideas ?

Thank you.

Seedling id please

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 10:13

I planted these seeds last year, but the label has gone.  Are you able to tell me if they are campanula or campion. 

Thank you.

 I'm so rubbish at growing seeds, they have to be tough to survive round here.

How to thicken up a privet hedge...

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 20:47

We have a privet hedge at the front of our house.  Bizarrely on one side of the entrance it loses all of its leaves in winter and the other side, it is evergreen.

The side that loses its leaves is under a huge beech tree, so I add fish blood and bone, and mulch with manure once or twice a year. 

I have been advised to cut it back by a third in order to promote new growth as when it does get its leaves its not very thick and from a privacy point of view not great.

When would be the best time to thin it out to get new growth.  I'm thinking I should do it around now.  Do i cut it back, then mulch and water.  Will i achieve a thick hedge under such a large tree ?

Any advice gratefully received.  thank you.

Plant id please

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 20:15

Star ! Thank you so much.

Shrub Id please

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 19:48

Wow, that really is beautiful.  I'd love to know what it is too.  nothing useful to add though. 

Good luck and congrats on having such a beauty in your garden.

Plant id please

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 19:31

I wondered if you could help me, a friend has moved into a new house and would like to know what plants she has. 

Are you able to help me with this ?

 Thank you.

What should I do in my woody area

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 10:25

Some great ideas, thank you.  I too have thought of fairy doors, might get some for when the bluebells come out...

As for a bog area, love the idea but I guess that would be the same as digging a pond etc.  We would like a pond, so maybe this could be a place for it. but just so many leaves we'd have to put some sort of cover over it in autumn, plus what about pine needles in the water ? There is no way to make the area damp other than that, it is just so dry due to sun and sandy soil.

Love the idea of hosta's, would they survive in such conditions hostafan ?

I already have log piles but tucked behind trees in the back.

Re mowing, I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to take the mower in there, so much leaf litter and when I cleared that the first year we were here, then the soil just got really sun baked.

i am attempting to do a path though, we have an archway coming into the wood, and trying to get roses coming up over that, as an entrance.

off to research hosta's that might cope in sun.

Keep the ideas coming.  thank you. 


What should I do in my woody area

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 22:14

I was hoping to achieve a nice native looking english woodland look... Just not sure how.  A lot of woodlands tend to be a bit damper than this. 

We also have v sandy soil, which doesn't help. hmm

What should I do in my woody area

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 21:21

When we moved in 2.5 years ago our woody area was a mess, an old dangerous shed, over grown etc. Plus it was dark due to a neighbouring lleylandii hedge.

 The hedge has gone and we have cleared the area lots, plus I had some advice to remove the bamboo as it wasn't native.  Which I have done.

Now I'm wondering how best to tackle this area.  The front half is covered in bluebells, snowdrops, daffodils etc and looks great at this time of year.  The back half though at the moment, I have moved primroses up there, daffodils and snowdrops for next year, plus I planted foxgloves last year so looking to see if they amount to anything.

I'm just wondering what else I can do to make it look nice in summer and keep the nettles and alkanet at bay, which is what will happen if I don't manage it to some extent.  I'm happy for nettles in two corners from a wildlife point of view.  but also want it safe for my children to run around in, hence keeping the nettles at bay.

 This is the view from the lawn.

 This area now gets pretty much full sun, due to neighbours hedge removal.

 This side is very dry and gets lots of sun.  I was wondering if I could plant any ferns at the back as we have a stump there, so to make a stumperie ?? Will it be too sun baked ?

How would you all deal with this area ?  Would love it to be a nice english woodland area.  It has 6 x 80ft Scots pine, 2 oak trees and a sycamore in it.

Any advice very gratefully received.  Thank you.

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Non flowering azalea

Not enough sun 
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A new shrub last year no buds 
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Seedling id please

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How to thicken up a privet hedge...

cut back by a third when ? 
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Plant id please

A friend has moved into a new house 
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Seedling id please

These are everywhere in my woody area 
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I'm finding all sorts in my garden. 
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Plant id please

Found this today 
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Daffodil ID please

Have never seen one like this before 
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My neighbour has taken to cutting and chucking... 
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Anything we should be doing ? 
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