Verdun


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Sambucas in Trouble

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 17:43

You know what Padraigh, I am convinced now it is VW following your words. 


I would certainly dig it out asap.  If it is VW it will be in the plant.  


I took cuttings of the elder I lost a few years ago and they failed too despite that usually they are easy and successful.


start again elsewhere with an elder I think rather than transplanting a poorly plant  

salvia maraschino pruning

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:46

Yes, noticed it next to your buzz Ivory Bright star.  Don't forget to take cuttings asap 


they thrive down here.......one has been in for 3 years and is topping 9' now. 


you could easily have a glorious summer garden using only salvias....whites, yellows, pinks, reds, purples, oranges, pineapples.....er, not pineapples . and of course the blues 

buddlia buzz

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:36

I have 2 of these...buzz Ivory and Magenta


jury is out for me.  The first year Ivory was superb; last year hardly a flower.  This year, after a move into better soil, it has flowered and is flowering reasonably well but without the impact of its first year.   Magenta is ok but is not really an eye catcher.


Bright Star, mine was exactly as yours is, in its first year never out of flower and I remember posting a picture on the forum covered in butterflies.  i thought it the bee's knees !


My feeling is that the Buzz series declines after first year.  


It needs better....far better ...soil than the regular Davidii varieties. 


I will feed and mulch again this spring and expect top notch performance.  They are not worth their space so far in my opinion.  A lot of better candidates available here waiting to oust them.


Have a go Nick, so they are perennial but don't expect them to match the hype of the advertisers 

Last edited: 18 September 2016 16:38:51

salvia maraschino pruning

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:04

....to add to that, salvias like Amistad, Love n Wishes, Waverly, Embers Wish,,Guaranitica, Elegantissima (pineapple) and Uliginosa are coming into their own now.  despite most of them flowering for most of the summer these varieties love  the lower light levels of autumn and positively glow now.  

Moving a Camelia...when's best and what to do

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 15:56

Check out acteas/cimicifugas then Jetmorgan..  They enjoy shade and moisture.  Large architectural foliage and if you  go for Brunette or James Compton you get wonderful polished purple/brown colour.  Then, as mine are now, you get tall cylinders of scented white flowers.  They get better every year, not attacked by slugs or snails or any pest I know of and are a CLASS act in the garden.  If you get plenty of compost from your old camellia site sounds like you could plant there 



don't cut corners by not using john innes if you want the best from your camellia ! 

Moving a Camelia...when's best and what to do

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 14:36

So, jetmorgan, is there a better spot in the garden?  


If not a large pot will be fine.  I dont think your camellia will be too difficult at all to lift.  It doesnt look too big.  ....3' across you said.


you should get a decent size rootball...dig all way around it then under and a nice rootball should come out.  It will be compact so easy to replant or pot.


I would go for a large pot 2.5 feet across.  Get ericaceous john innes...garden centres do stock it.  Water well. the most important thing when planting is to avoid early morning sun;  early morning sun will damage any flowers hit by frost by rapidly thawing them.  


 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 12:57

Much the same here...warm though and glimpses of the sun 


Moved helenium....I know, should be moved in spring but I wanted to see how it would be.....and prepared part of the veg plot for bare root wallflowers to grow on for a few weeks.

Moving a Camelia...when's best and what to do

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 12:51

Before you pot it jetmorgan,


what attention do you give it?  Do you water it?  Camellias will not flower if they dry out during August.  Do you feed it?  Do you mulch it?  


The leaves look nice and green so soil there suits it.  


you bought ericaceous compost......was it ordinary mpc or a john innes type?  if you intend to pot it up you will need ericaceous compost, yes (well, it is better to use ericaceous) but ericaceous john innes, a soil based product.


where is your camellia planted?  Does it get sun?  Is it very shady there?  EARLY  morning is not good.  Mine are in full sun but in good soil and flower well so full sun if watered well.


i would be inclined to mulch and feed it ......???    If it still struggles you can still pot it but it will be much happier in the soil, grow much bigger and flower much better 

Sambucas in Trouble

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 12:36

Two things occurred to me Padraigh


is it dry there?  Have you watered it?  


Verticillium Wilt too.......in my experience elders and cotinus are susceptible in hot humid conditions, at least that's what I concluded recently for cotinus and a few years back on Sutherland Gold.  


all you can do is cut it hard back to the ground.  When you do have a look to see if the stems are healthy too    I would feed well in spring and mulch and hope it recovers then 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 10:27

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