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Why does my garden look raggedy?

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 20:20


Why does my garden look raggedy?

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 19:55

Thanks for the reassurance, bekkie.  I live in London and the garden is south-facing, so you probably are right.  

I'll try and get some photos to post, nutcutlet.  Perhaps my problem is that I cut back all of the spent flowers / foliage, and now it's exposed all the plants who seem to have been suffering (perhaps from the competition).  (I too completely understand the bit about weeding...!).  Also maybe I simply need to add some annuals for more colour, as you say...

Would it be a good idea to water the plants with some seaweed feed?

I also wonder if the compacted soil is part of the problem.  I did loosen it with my own compost earlier in the year, but it's still become very compacted.  Perhaps adding some more might help rejuvenate the bed?

Why does my garden look raggedy?

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 19:44

I didn't think I did - I have a large number of roses, foxgloves, verbena bonariensis, African lilies, a number of perennial geraniums (Johnson's Blue, palmatum), hydrangeas, delphiniums, oriental poppies, salvia, veronica, aquilegias, rhododendron and camellias ...

I know that some are strictly spring (i.e. the poppies and aquilegias and ericaceus plants) but I'm concerned about why even the plants which are flowering (or should be about to flower) don't look particularly healthy.

Why does my garden look raggedy?

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 19:35

I was wondering if anyone else's garden looks a bit raggedy after all the May / June perennial flowers have finished?

I'm beginning to think something is wrong in my garden (or I'm doing something wrong!).  I started the growing year by replenishing the borders with my own homemade compost, putting in slow-release fertiliser (Vitax Q4), and mulching with Strulch.  For awhile my garden looked very good.  But now, many of my plants seem to be suffering a bit - wilting or browning or yellowing leaves, lots of snail damage, little growth.  In general, the garden looks a bit rubbish (my honeysuckle is turning brown.  I don't know if it's just that the roses and geraniums have had their first flush and other spring flowering plants are done, or if it's suffering from lack of feed / water / sunshine, or even too much water.  I try to water well at least once a week.  Last year I seem to remember July was filled with flowering plants.  

On the plus side, at least my Japanese anemones are developing flowers...

Anemonopsis macrophylla

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 22:20

Thanks nutcutlet - I'll try that tomorrow.  Makes me so cross with myself for moving it - it was doing alright with healthy leaves... but the geranium looks like a bit of a thug. Talk about killing with kindness! 

Anemonopsis macrophylla

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 21:34

I have an anemonopsis macrophylla which was growing very close to (and basically underneath) a geranium palmatum - to the point that it was receiving very little light.  It was still growing, but very small (not surprising given that it's such a slow-growing plant), but I had thought it would be a good idea to move it so it wasn't so close to the geranium.  It's still in shade and was very careful not to disturb its roots, but now the leaves have all wilted!  I absolutely adore this plant but am worried that I've killed it by moving it to another spot.  Any advice as to what I can do to revive it would be most gratefully received!!

planting maiden apple trees

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 22:28

That's brilliant!  I did think of just buying the step over trees, but they're so pricey (from Blackmoors there's a £40 pallet delivery fee!) and wouldn't be nearly as satisfying.  Of course, it'll be delayed gratification!

planting maiden apple trees

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 22:13

I want to plant some 1-year, maiden apple trees (or whips, rather) to train as step over trees.  Is it too late for me to do this, or must I wait until winter?  I'd much rather do get them started now but am worried it's too late.

Any advice would be most gratefully received!

apple canker

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 14:52

Thanks so much for both of your really helpful advice.  A few questions: if I do try and live with it, should I treat it with anything?  But if I remove it, is now the best time to cut it off?

I love the idea of starting a new one and grafting some of the old tree as well (but would feel very sad about replacing this mature one!).

apple canker

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 14:02

We moved to a new house this spring and inherited a lovely mature apple tree in the backyard.  It's never been pruned and I set about doing both summer and winter pruning this year.  Much to my horror (and panic) I just discovered a huge canker on one of the branches (right where it intersects with another branch), so it's essentially affecting two large branches.  I have no idea what to do- it looks very severe and pruning it out will essentially mean removing both branches (and something like 1/3 of the whole tree).  We still harvested loads of apples this autumn, so it's still fruiting, despite the canker.  Any advice will be most gratefully received!

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