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Talkback: How to prune spring-flowering plants

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 23:28

And choisya offen layers itself so check it out for more plants.


Posted: 03/07/2015 at 23:25

Congratulations lily 

Wonky,,you are full of great ideas...claim vat back! 

Yvie, busier than I have been in the garden.  Nice to get new plants in, isn't it?  

Think I am going to go for some orange and blue planting pockets For next echinaceas, agastaches, geums, violas, with blue salvias, lysimachia bougelais (ok, its late and cant spell it right now), scabious butterfly blue, veronicas, blue agastaches, verbenas, geraniums, ......hmmm!  enough for a dedicated border ??

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

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 23:11

Renata, do what you feel comfortable with.  We are all different.

for me, no doubt.  I would return those plants. your right to as part of your contract of,purchase. Don't, for heaven's sake, assume it is your fault that plants died.  

When I talk to local gc manager he understands fully that plants fail for all sorts of reasons and that some people return them; others do not.   There is no judgement from them.

Lovely pieris Renata. Not sure I could talk to plants but there is scientific data showing it can help them.  Sarcoccoca is grown for its scent in late winter.  Amazing but it is not a "looker" so not really something to grow for show.

To dig over or not

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 22:59

Drought orders soon Fishy?  Ground is certainly very dry here.  

No rain here today or now and I think not much rain in the forecast either.

Plants to plant now

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 21:12

Echinaceas like white swan or its purple variety are worth checking out Kez.  When you say stay all year I assume you mean perennial and not evergreen.

sedums ...the taller sort...... anthemis, aster frikartii monch with lavendar blue flowers for weeks, some of the hardier agastaches, euryops, caryopteris, ceratostigma, achillea, verbenas including bonariensis, nepeta,  .....lots of plants for hot dry areas Kez

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

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 20:43

Dove, if they have a warranty to survive for a year or more it would be foolish not to take them back to garden centre.  We DONT KNOW what they died from...not for sure.  The manager is not stupid.  If he replaces those plants do,you really have an issue with that.

i planted a couple of conifers for a friend some 3 years ago...they were about 7' then.  Planted as 2 sentries leading into a sitting area.  My friend has a habit of meglecting everything i cljding those conifers so they now look a little poorly.  I think...think...they are dying through lack of water but having spoken to the manager (wyevale gc) he will replace or refund the cos......if the receipt can be found.  

Most everything looks fine on purchase otherwise we would not  buy them.  

My advice to gc manager.

To dig over or not

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 19:55

Cathy, dont think it will rain here.  Thunderstorms,dont help replenish the soil because of run off.

Cuckoo spit on my bush

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 19:39

I have cuckoo spit on a rosemary. ,slightly,,slightly, unsightly but Im happy to leave well alone.  


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. 

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look wot she did to me........

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Echi what?

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Such a shame......

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Even you hard hearts......

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Ok...its nasty

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Doomed I tell you.......

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Is this an arrogance?

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