philippa smith2

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What am I?

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 19:11

Thank god for wasn't my imagination then 

Actually, I've found they can be funny buggers - in a former garden, mine enjoyed the sun - in my neighbour's garden, they flower profusely in semi shade.

Nowt so queer as plants

Mexican orange blosdom

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 19:03

They are usually quite forgiving plants.  Did you prepare the planting hole properly ?  Have you watered them in thoroughly ?  

Newly planted shrubs can take a little while to establish so it may just be that.  If you think you have them correctly planted and in the right soil/location, it is probably just a question of letting them establish.

Children & Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Firethorn etc

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 18:57

I'd certainly agree with almost all of the above comments re the OP's chosen hedge plants.

I'd also agree that Hebes are not ideal hedging plants - stand alone shrubs, yes - hedging - not really.

They do have a place tho and their hardiness will depend on your location - here in the SWest, at least 4 varieties are hardy enough to get thru the winter and generally do quite well.

What am I?

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 18:41

I'm inclined to go with the Leycesteria too - they like a bit of leg room to flower IME and the pot doesn't appear to give it much space.

Whatever it might be, it's definitely not Bamboo

Small plant for between pond stones.

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 17:11

I too use the golden form of Lysimachia but agree it can take over somewhat.

As you appear to have a nice fern over to one side, I'm assuming the bit you want to plant is not in full sun ?  Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow is a good matting type - not sure it will actually cope with being under water but spreads nicely.  There is also a small form of Campanula - a spreading evergreen which is covered in beautiful blue flowers from Spring to Autumn.  Doesn't require deep soil so may suit your needs.

Evergreen in large pots

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 17:04

What are they ?  Do you feed/water them at all ?  A photo would help others to offer you some advice


Posted: 12/04/2017 at 16:59

You don't specify which sedum but S spectabile rarely requires any chopping - Chelsea or otherwise.  If you leave the dead flower stems on for winter effect, you can just snip those off now.  

Most of my sedums are up and running now - if the clumps are getting too large, best to split them just as you see the new growth starting - about 5 or 6 weeks ago in my area.

Onion sets not growing

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 15:57

I find I have more success with onion sets if I start them off in cells in a cold frame. That way it is easy to keep an eye on them and check their root growth.  The shoots will appear before roots and it is much easier to discard any which aren't up to much.

Don't know your location but if your onions have shoots of the height you mention, you should have roots forming by now.

As pointed out above, you have a good few months to go yet so unless they are completely soft ( as in rotten) you should be ok. 

How to use this product/ Shropshire seaweed

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 15:48

See original post

 I agree with querying how Shropshire can have seaweed, but you're a bit out with your distance.  Closest point in Shropshire to the sea is about 25 miles.  The furthest point from the sea anywhere in the UK is about 70 miles.

See original post

 Glad you worked that out KT - saved me poring over the map anyway  Anyone know which place is equidistant from E and W coast ?  I seem to remember that there is somewhere ( well, obviously I suppose ) but a particular town known for that position ?

How to use this product/ Shropshire seaweed

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 17:11

Oddly enough that was my first thought too FBones   

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