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SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 23:28

I have a feeling that your Flamingo,is fine, just late in shooting Claire.

however I agree with,the tests and if it has died contact the supplier for a replacement. ,  was it local gc or online?  any reputable supplier will replace it 

What's wrong with my Leucothoe please?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:18

Oh ok.  Should have gone to spec savers 

does your plant have an acid compost?  for me a john Innes ericaceous is ideal.  

Newbie, repairing first lawn

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:14

still time to renovate that lawn.

I would apply a lawn weedkiller/mosskiller then a week or so later rake quite vigorously. it will look awful then but don't panic. if it's reasonably level apply a dwarf rye grass mixture...a very hard wearing popular seed mix. If there are some high spots or hollows try to level them out and then sow seed.

keep surface moist....not wet...until germination and try to keep off until growing well.

best not to apply a granular feed now because you've sown seed but 6 weeks or so later use a liquid nitrogen feed.  Another 4 weeks later you can liquid feed again to achieve a nice green lawn.

regular mowing.......once a week if you can.....and some treatment in the autumn will help keep your lawn healthy.


What's wrong with my Leucothoe please?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:01

I dont grow this needs an acid soil that's why.  However it looks like a fungal issue to me.  Have you been watering over the leaves at all?  The other thought is that it should be outdoors.  

If mine, I would put outside and spray with fungicide after removing affected leaves.  

I first thought your plant was simply developing it's red leaves.....thought it was Scarletta.......but can see clearly they are fungal spots.  


Posted: 22/03/2015 at 19:40

Can't talk....I'm grieving about Richard 111's death.  It's very upsetting.  I didn't know

Dwarf buddleia

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 18:58

For me buzz Ivory was fantastic. 

Marc, ok it could be your soil was too rich!  Buddleias usually thrive in the poorest soils but Buzz needs more than this...that's the reason for my earlier suggestion.  Many try to grow these in containers but soil needs to be reasonably moist I think.

Hopeless gardener, there are the Chip varieties of buddleia but these are smaller.   

i will post a picture of my Buzz Ivory this summer.....I posted last show you what you are missing Hopeless Gardener     (Hope it will be just as good now)


Lupin plants

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:09

 I would not do that just yet.  Although they are hardy plants they are not yet if they have recently been purchased.

this morning I potted on a few lupins that I bought a few weeks ago.  They were in 9cm pots.  I potted on immediately and now potted on again.  They are now in 1 litre pots.  Even though it's relatively mild here I still cover young lupins with fleece.  I will harden them off over the next couple of weeks and plant them out in mid April.

your lupIns will make bigger plants more quickly if potted up.  They are likely to sulk in the open ground right now or be attacked by slugs etc.  

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:02

Busy in veg patch in this glorious weather,  sowed carrots, beetroot and spring onions. soil is looking good and a fine filth quickly achieved.  Trimmed and shaped some evergreens that edge my veg patch too.  

Think we have just one more dry sunny day and then the rain is coming. ,we've had a nice long, dry, warm spell though.

if I can, I will feed the grass tomorrow before the forecast rain comes..  It's been growing strongly for a while now so a good feed will boost it nicely.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 15:45

A fig for me too. Handsome leaves and fruit 

a self fertile peach or nectarine too if you don't mind putting up a few galvanised wires. 


Lemon tree

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 15:39

mine has been outdoors all winter. Not suggesting that you do this pjb.  

last year it over wintered In a cool conservatory and started to look a little sad for itself.  I brought it outside, watered and fed it. 

As soon as likely frosts have gone I would take it outside and feed it.

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