Rory O'Hanlon

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Dahlia disappointment

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 21:58

Dave, I think they were small enough - it was one of those value packs I purchased. So maybe I'll give them a stay of execution for one year.  I did start them in pots though.


Dahlia disappointment

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 19:39

I purchased 5 'Stolz von Berlin' tubers on the basis of the vivid pink colour on the pack and a recommendation I read on this variety.  Alas, they did not live up to expectation.  The colour was very anaemic.  Before I pull them up this weekend and throw in the bin does anyone have any ideas why this happened and if I can remedy next year?

Sambucus woes

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 15:40

Thanks Bookertoo, the Physocarpus looks like a possibility.  I'll try to salvage the Sambucus..perhaps by moving to a pot this winter.  Another one for my 'to do' list 



What is this little tree..?

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 15:36

 I agree with fidgetbones.  I have an Acer shirasawanum whose beautiful yellow leaves were going brown at the edges early in the summer.  I suspected it was in too sunny a position so moved it last winter to a shadier spot.  This year, so far so good - the leaves are still perfect.  Perhaps your Acer is getting too much direct sunlight at the hottest part of the day and needs to be moved?

Sambucus woes

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 10:21

Ok, I've had with Sambucus 'Black Beauty'.  For the third year in a row, this year's new growth has collapsed after one day last week of high winds.  It seems it has a fundamental weakness at the point where this years growth emerges from the woodier stems of previous years.  I grow it beside a Spirea for the nice colour contrast but now determined to get rid.  Unless anyone knows of a solution short of moving house to a less windy spot!  What purple foliage plant could I replace it with - Cotinus?

broken pot

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 09:33

Araldite worked for me 

camellias leaves turning yellow

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 19:06

I have two Camellias in pots of ericaceous compost but leaves turned yellow.  I think the reason was that they were pot bound because watering them with an ericaceous feed did not make a difference. So I have just re-potted them in to larger pots and waiting to see if this brings them back to a nice green colour.

Rooting powder

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 19:00

Thanks for the replies.  Yes it is NAA that I have.  It may be time then to replace it.  Or I might try a batch of cuttings without using it as suggested in the link you provided to see if they root anyway.

Rooting powder

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 12:07

Just wondering if rooting hormone in powdered form has a shelf life.  I bought my tub over 5 years ago now.  Still loads of it left but does it go off over time?  There is no 'best before' date on it.

Garden Pest?

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 10:18

Alison, probably Arcitalitrus dorrieni, a non-native species of amphipod (a crustacean, not an insect ), introduced to these islands through trade in rooted plants from Australasia in the 19th century.  It was actually first described from specimens found on the Scilly Isles.  It is also found in Devon and Cornwall and other locations, including in Ireland.  Pretty benign little creature, feeding on decaying vegetation so nothing to worry about 

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Dahlia disappointment

Stolz von Berlin didn't perform 
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Sambucus woes

New growth allergic to wind! 
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Rooting powder

Shelf life question 
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