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Holy purple sage

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 12:14

For the past few years my purple leaved sage has been getting tiny holes all over the leaves. They are not much bigger than pin pricks so I'm fairly confident it's not slugs (unless they're anorexic). Have googled without much success, anyone have any bright ideas?


Why won't my Yakushimanum Rhododendrom flower!!!

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 11:52

Rhodies need plenty of water when the buds are forming, last years dry summer may have effected their development. They also have shallow roots which can make leave them vulnerable to dry conditions.

Scottish Clematis

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 10:16

Hi Percy (love the nickname)

You've had some great answers here so I won't bother to add the same info but have you thought about growing your clematis through a boring shrub?  You get the protection from the shrub and if you choose well you can extend the interest of an exstablished flowering shrub.  You can also combine the flowering times to make a stunning display.  I have an alpina clematis growing through a philadelphus, a montana through a dull conifer and a President (dark purple) through a Gertrude Jekyll   rose(rich bright pink) in my Glasgow garden. 

Good luck

Bluebells- Spanish or English?

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 09:59

Hi Pauline

I've found that bulbs are often sold very young so will flower eventually if left for a few years (had this with frits and daffs), always try to copy what happens in nature so try to give them some leaf mould or lighten the soil. If that doesn't work chuck on a half strength tomato food as a foliar feed.

Good luck

Fritillaria meleagris

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 14:26

They're really easy from seed. I chucked them in a seed tray covered in vermiculite and stuck them in a sheltered spot.  Two years later I have about 100 ready to pot up. A couple of years before they will be flowering size though.

With the dry bulbs bought in autumn I soak them for an hour or so then pot up and pop in cold frame, they always seem to come up okay.  

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