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Mildew on my scabious

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 16:54

Those troughs need to hold some water linzijayne.  It sounds like your troughs are a tad too well draining for scabious.  Don't worry your scabious WILL grow again so be brave and cut back hard 

Planting in 3s - spacing

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 16:51

3 lavendars in a group?   plant about 20 cm apart in a triangle.  Always plant in odd numbers....evenslook odd. 

Some plants are best in groups but I think "advisors" are sometimes a bit naughty.  Many perennials....most perennials...grow large and do so quickly.  In 3 years heleniums for example need dividing as they usually are big.

pokhim, read up on your plants, your soil and your conditions.  You will learn how they grow and how big and how fast.  I grow some plants in groups but mostly they are single large specimens.  Don't be tempted into buying everything in 3' 2 years those plants can be divided and planted out again as a group if you want 

My flowers ..

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 16:31

"Never" is always here in Cornwall. 

My flowers ..

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 16:30

Imperata Red Baron 

hazel, love that gaura. 

My flowers ..

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 15:35

Looks congested I know but this is actually quite a large area and all those plants are well spaced.  An easy space too ......about 10 large hellebores are nestling in there too. 

My flowers ..

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 15:21

Grasses have flowers too....this is P. Villosum.  It will get more floriferous week by week

Mildew on my scabious

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 15:04

Exactly right Hortum.   

Using mpc doese not help either......I suspect this is what you used linzijane!    A good john innes (number3 in this case) would be far better.  I would add dried the compost too and be sure to keep up with the watering   

Mildew on my scabious

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 13:18

Yes indeed mildew.,   Scabious gemerally are susceptible when they dry my during summer.

cut back all the can remove every leaf too. Don't worry this will not kill it.  Clear the rubbish away from the soil and mukch...even mpc will do but I would add some pelleted chicken manure or fish blood and bone.  Water well. drench it.  Keep it watered in dry conditions.

your scabious will soon grow and will flower again in a few weeks 

Dahlias destroyed by animal in garden

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 12:08

My dahlias.....mostly now  all over 5', except for dwarf varieties......are staked in mid spring when growth is vigorous.  Three 6' strong bamboo canes...topped with eye protectors.....and string provide (hidden) support all summer .  

Melanie, cut off all broken stems and clear them away.  Scatter some fish blood and bone around them and they should regrow at this time of year.  Or, dig up the tubers and pot them....they will for sure be ok for next year.  Hiw about planting a helenium there? Should be some sizeable ones in gc now.  Or some cosmos plants....they will be growing fast now and give you plenty of colour.  Or,,how about a tall grass there instead?   Miscanthus will fill in well 

Runner bamboo - how to stop it

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 11:55

It will not  be a single runner and any pieces left behind will take root 

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