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Posted: 03/07/2015 at 19:37

How kind you are Wonky.. I am reeling from your obvious concern.  I will arrange to see the doc to see about that prescription for life. thanks again from the heart of my bottom.

Why did these plants die and what can I replace them with?

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 16:24

Renata, did you buy them from a gc that provides a warranty? some give 2 years others a lifetime warranty.

it could be you planted them in ordinary mpc....this is too thin for spruces. And acid soil required. 


Posted: 03/07/2015 at 16:19

Busy day. got back and my new agastache arrived.  Some stems broken but that is fine.  In 1 litre pot and ready for bigger pot. The broken pieces have been prepared as cuttings that hopefully will produce more plants soon 

it will be a plant for next year even though it will flower by next month. 

Wonky, between you and me I almost....almost...ate all the cupcakes until I received a text asking me to leave 2.  I know it SEEMS greedy but I have a medical condition that drives me to consume tasty food to excess. So 2 cupcakes remain....for now 

To dig over or not

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 16:11

Argumentative so and so that I am I disagree Fishy

I would turn it over now.  Break it up and get some goodness in there if you can.  Firm it and rake it, get some organic fertiliser in there too.

what do you want to plant there now?

i would plant when soil has settled after a few days and water the area and plants well. 

Perovskia planting

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 13:18

Hiya Justin

just how young?  How small?

i would be inclined to pot into bigger pots to develop them further if very small. ,they can spread a little once established.  

New to gardening

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 13:16

Welcome Newtothisgardening 

Markings on hosta leaves

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 12:41

Could it be paint splashes Dove ?  


Posted: 03/07/2015 at 12:39

Lovely day but not blue sky and sun.

planted out lettuce....ground parched. Picked blackcurrants.  Entertained by usual Fridat morning visitor. My agastache has not arrived yet...    Bet it comes when I' m out 

having lunch but a whole bunch of freshly made...well last night...cupcakes is tempting me.  Have instructions not to eat them all...  But what if I cant control myself ?  Lemon curd and cream?  in my line of sight?  Always had a thing with lemon curd?


Posted: 03/07/2015 at 12:30


photinias do lose leaves, often a chunk of them at a time.  Especially so the old leaves.  I have to say in my experience they are "temperamental" plants.  I have lost 2 plants after several years of growth.

acid soil is not essential, by the way.  Ordinary soil ks fine.

i would prune back to buds or shoots.  one thought it dry there?  Have you enjoyed a sunny dry summer so far, esp hot over recent couple of weeks?  Photinias need some extra water at times so I would try this.

the 2 plants I had dropped their leaves and revealed increasing die back.  One died.   The other was put out of its...and my....misery!

Very dry, sandy, sunny, narrow border

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 07:35

Morning Tetley, blith is indeedy wot we all crave 

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