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Red Robin

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 19:37

Hiya potterpeat, nice to have you on the forum

I think you may have answered your own question because I think waterlogging could be the reason.

Any new shoots?  

I would leave it alone for a while.  Do not feed or prune just yet.  

dying honeysuckle

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 19:34

I think a lot of people will see plants showing signs of distress because of an over wet winter.  Is your plant in a damp position?


Controlong Japanese Maple size

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:14

Hiya Rococo.

I prune my acers in spring just as growth is showing to remove die back and dead branches.  Also to control the size somewhat I cut back to encourage bushy growth.  

Not sure jap Acer enthusiasts approve of this....judging by a similar post few months back but it's how I do it.

Can you provide perfect conditions for acers,or near as damn it?  i.e. shelter from strong sun amd cold winds and a reasonably moist soil?  If not don't grow them.

To keep the "big one" small prune from the start.  I would prune branches back to strong healthy shoots amd do this every year.


Compacted soil

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:04

Tootles, your border obviously already has plants there.  My ground, even though a light sandy loam has become hard lately too.  All that rain and then a long dry spell.

I would use a cultivator scratching the soil down to about 2 to 4".  This will allow rain to penetrate and soften your soil.  When you plant dig a generous hole too and incorporate compost.  I agree with mulching too as well as applying a granular organic fertiliser around the plants there

My feeling about rotavators is that they create a hard pan under the soil surface, can spread perennial weeds and generally do more harm than good.  Just take your time.

In the autumn apply a generous mulch

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 16:19

My delphiniums all look good except for my fav ....eaten by slugs tho I think. Usually it is about 9" high right now.

Couldnt see caterpillars though but clearly they are about 


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 16:15

Love new toys like that blackest.  My gtech cordless trimmer is perfect for specimen conifers.  Will look out for that Aldi trimmer...useful for my nose 

Come on Dove...what did you get?  You know you are dying to tell us 


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:39

Blackest, I've taken quite a liking to nepeta.  For sunny, windy places it will be unbothered.  Blue flowers forever and, according to variety, will spill out beautifully over edges.  

For a corny twist the odd yellow oenothera (missouriensis) amongst it would look superb I think.  (growing wild on the Towans behind blue spikes of borage and wild evening primrose along a lane are a beautiful sight)

Mrsgarden, those sweet peas are just so, so, so..NOT 

is spring the best season?

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:30

Early spring or high summer is hard to choose.  

There is an excitement about spring and a hope that the winter is drawing to a close yet.......

For me, I think mid to late summer is best though.  It's when everything is at it's best....the culmimarion of all that planning, when tall perennial spires and grassss are at their magestic finest, when shrubs and flowers and veg and fruit are so generous with their produce.  Yep, summer for me 


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 11:54

Morning Brian

Are they sown outdoors?  

Could be mice....although they would have eaten the lot....but soil comditions, too wet for example, could be responsible

I sow indoors and then plant out when 3 or 4" high.  No gaps then 

Do I talk too much.?

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 11:50

Have we convinced you Mike?  

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