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Daphne odora aureomarginata

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 14:12

Of course Muriel, plant it in a different spot.  Yes, wonderful scent......know what?  I cannot grow it here. planted enough for others and they thrive....cel la vie.  Spoil yourself and plant another 

Where are they coming from?

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 13:07

Is that the tooth fairy's cousin?  

Could be.  I have been good 

Daphne odora aureomarginata

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 13:03

Hello Muriel

Two factors as I see it.

firstly, you have had a Daphne Aureomarginata for 14 years....not bad because they are often short lived mainly because of aphids causing a virus.  Not convinced water logging was the cause of your plant's poor state.  Waterlogging in winter yes but in summer??  Daphnes can suddenly wilt and die and I think this is what happened.

secondly, you moved it.  Daphnes do not move very well.  In fact they resent it.  Rarely have I succeeded in moving any daphne apart from relatively newly planted 

best to leave it now and see how it goes.  Nothing more you can do or should do now. 

Last edited: 07 September 2016 13:04:07

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 12:46

Zenjeff, it that colocasia Black Coral there?  It defeated me earlier this year.  Lovely plant.  First year?  Do yoy keep it wet? 


Posted: 07/09/2016 at 12:37

Fairy does though 

Where are they coming from?

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 12:34

came home to see a parcel on my doorstep.  "Live plants" it said on the box.

excitedly ripped apart the packaging to reveal 3 Corries Gold Gauras in flower and in perfect condition.  Yippee!  Potted on into 1litre pots because there are still a few weeks of growing weather to come down here and watered.  Will plant out with purple shrubs, perennials or grasses in spring.

but, where did they come from?  I have more plants than I need right now and as a perfectly  logical person I could not have ordered more, could I?  But, did I?   Maybe a lager or two, maybe in my sleep or maybe a kind person on the forum treated me?   

A mystery methinks 

Last edited: 07 September 2016 12:36:10

Dying brugmansia leaves

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 12:25

likely to be because it is autumn Amilee.  

Weed suppressant fabric and cut flower patch

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 12:23

Kate, I hate that membrane with a vengeance. looks AWFUL, is BAD for the soil and the environment but it doesn't stop weeds.  You will have weeds growing in the fabric and vigorous perennial weeds creeping undermeath seeking the light either at the ends of it or holes in It. Moving plants around with a membrane laid is impossible.  Could go on but suffice to say, don't use membrane

use glyphosate as a one off treatment then hoe as often as you can.  Mulch as thickly as you can.  Your soil and plants will thank you for it 


Posted: 07/09/2016 at 12:04

Mono germ varieties now GD mean no thinning. ,spaced at 2" apart, hey presto!  That's it! 


Posted: 07/09/2016 at 12:00

Billy, when I first got into gardenening, the perfectionist in me coveted the perfect lawn.  I had it too, relatively, for a while.  Finest blend grass seed, regular spiking, scarifying, top dressing and treatment for worms.  Prob wrong on the name but Chlordane rings a bell.  Worked a treat.  Destroyed every worm so no worm castes. 

But Billy, killing worms?.???  

Fortunately that awful chemical is no longer available.  

Fortunately I came to my senses

I no longer have a lawn I am fastidious about but it is a good looking, rich green, soft to walk on carpet I am proud of.  No longer fine grasses and no chemicals used on it apart from a granular feed in spring and top up liquid feeds during the summer

it means I have a safe lawn for any toddlers to crawl on, the longer thicker grass hides any worm castes.  I still top dress, still treat leatherjackets but with nematodes. 

Sorry Billy but think again about killing worms 

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