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Posted: 07/05/2014 at 23:35

Best close this thread now.

It was a very unsavoury experience and best forgotten now

What to do after daffs?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 23:33

Caral,  mix them up.  See which plants do well there.  Have variety there

limestone pea gravel

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 22:53

2 threads here on same subject.


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 20:10

I know,what you mean MrsG.  A plant just clung on to me today too....

limestone pea gravel

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 20:08


Could you not use a membrane at all?  Save your money and sImply buy ericaceous compost or acid bark chips......special bark chips for acid plants?  

I HATE that membrane with a vengeance.  It isnt the solution to all weeds...weeds will root into it.....and it creates a sterile poor dead soil.  You cannot move plants easily and it looks AWFUL.

Plant your acid lovers and top dress with a living soil.  It will look great and will be better for your plants 

Peach leaf curl

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 20:00

Hi Jim

Almost  got caught out myself this year.  Just a touch of peach leaf curl but I got away with it.

I would feed your tree, not spray ...Bordeaux doesnt do a lot for me.....and try to keep your peaches.  You will lose your peaches anyway if the bush decides it cannot cope.

Keep removing those leaves but can ??ou cover your bush for next few weeks?  I find that peach leaf curl is not a problem during the summer.  Maybe the leaves are more resilient.  (?) 

I would clear away fallen leaves and mulch with compost ....would also spray with Epsom salts.   


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:52

Nice choices MrsG.  And helictotrichon is a lovely grass.  Dont let it get overwhelmed by vigorous plants.  It's best standing tall over smaller things.

Busy day......but planted out agastache  Summer Glow this evening.  It now has a foreground of blue linum, berberis atro nana,  salvia Amistad behind and eryngium Jade Frost next to the common but delightfully silver curry plant.  

When my agastaches are at their best I will post pictures to show why I like them so much 

Yellow leaves on Skimmia

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:41

Hiya CharlieD

Epsom salts is a great tonic containing magnesium.  Good for most everything.  I think it helps plants assimilate other nutrients better too.  I just add tablespoon to 10 litres of water and stir well.  You can spray too.  

Its cheap enough from the chemist. 

What to do after daffs?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:35

A word of caution.   Lily of the Valley can be imvasive.  Ditto with Alchemila Mollis.  

I would thin out those,daffodils.   Dig some up and pot them up,or plant elsewhere.  Then, in the gaps between the daffodils I would plant hardy fuschias, dahlias, shrubby potentillas and/or an aster like frikartii Momch. Permanent planting that will cover those daffodils soon.  

No.....don't tie daffodils up.  They need full exposure to sunlight for some 6 weeks if they are to flower well next year.

Yellow leaves on Skimmia

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:29

Skimmias offen take time to settle when small.  They also do not like cold winds....dont like strong direct sun.  Then, they are easy   However, yours is not a small bush,,is it?  

Like Nut, I would have suggested alkalinity.  

If mine, I would apply Epsom salts and repeat this a week later.  

Let us know how you get on. 

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