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poorly shrubs

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 12:13

Rosemary, did you plant magnolia and camelia last year?  

both plants need a neutral to acid soil.  Alkaline soils arent great for them.  

A sequesterene spray will help.

Your heathers?  Are they summer or winter flowering?  

Or, is your soil dry?  You didnt say if you watered your plants


Posted: 05/08/2015 at 12:08

Me too 

windy, damp and muggy now.   

However, early this morn I (impulsively) moved 2 shrubs...a camelia and hydrangea Kyushu.  Happy with that esp as the rain now is perfect timing.  Both shrubs had good root systems and wont even notice the move.

looking for inspiration

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 12:04

Perovskia is nice flops, gets straggly and is generally untidy.  Had it but replaced it.  Certainly not for a formal border.  In the gc perovskia looks tidy but once outside in the wind and rain it needs support.  However,,there is a smaller variety, Little Spire, that is supppsed to be better.  

santolina has a few varieties.....however, trim it twice a year and it will be beautifully controlled.  I cut mine back very hard in early spring but trimmed by half at that time will provide dense,,compact, silver/grey mounds.  

Easily propagated by cuttings too 

Even you hard hearts......

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 08:52

N.b. The title of this thread.

bet most people emjoyed it....non gardeners too 

Poorly Cosmos

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 08:50

Cosmos do not want regular watering unless your soil is very dry and impoverished. Better to under water than over water.  

Double digging

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 08:47

Hiya Sammymummy

well. Your intentions are good.  

Don't use a simply stirs up weeds, stones and top few inches of soil.  Does no good even though it may look good

i would try to dig a little deeper if you can.  And get some manure or compost in there as you go.  A layer at the bottom and then mixed in with the rest of fhe soil.  The money you save on the rotovator use for the compost.

if you cant dig deeper can the guy with the rotovator dig it for you?

time spent now getting goodness in your soil will save you so much...your plants will grow better, they will be easier to plant and you only need to mulch thereafter.

choose plants too that will emjoy heavier soil....there are many...rather than waste money on plants that may take your eye but need good drainage.

good luck Sammymummy 


Posted: 05/08/2015 at 07:11

Cornwall is full of micro climates.  In winter here it will be frost free yet 4 or 5 miles away it could be freezing.  Part of the Bay here seems to provide drier sunnier weather than just a little further inland.


Posted: 05/08/2015 at 07:05

Overcast and dry.  Rain later......

my nosey meighbour came over with her notebook wanting the name of my plants.  She is such an irritating so and so

Hosta, there will always be nasty people, family or not.  Hopefully it will all work out fine in the end 


pruning my new yew hedge

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 22:03

Problem With Camillia

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 22:02

Like it Steve 

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