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Pieris forest flame

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 21:49

Cannot enlarge but Lee I would apply epsom salts asap and then again a few days later.  Is drying out a possibility?  I would water it really well too 


Posted: 18/05/2016 at 21:44

Hidcote ...reliable and beautiful.  Munstead or Hidcote are by far and away the best hedging lavendars

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 21:41

The odds are heavily stacked against the leave camp B3 

The "elite" want to remain it seems; the rest of us are more divided.  I notice bosses are now putting pressure on their workers to vote remain.  I believe  only the elite have something to lose by a leave vote.  

Help with my heather !

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 21:34

Ha ha no likee heathers then? 

I do.  

Hattie, I think you are right. Concentrate on lower heathers by trimming.  They will quickly green up.  And what else gives you winter flowers for so long and reliably? 

A summer version of aubretia

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 21:29

Charley, hiya,

Helianthemums..... Sun roses.  my favourite is Wisley Primrose; grey foliage and good pale yellow flowers in summer.  

Consider too a thyme called Silver Posie.  Different from most thymes by being taller, delightful silver grey foliage topped with subtle pale pink flowers in summer

ajuga....purple foliage and blue flowers

nepeta will grow in shallow dry soil.  Semi evergreen and blue summer flowers

My new garden 'room'

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 20:41

Chloe ....what you have done there is pretty impressive.     like it a lot 

dance floor? 

Problem With Smoke Tree

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 20:36

true Rhod.   You can have both with judicious pruning but foliage for me.  What better than that glorious purple foliage  all summer?  Grown with eucalyptus, cornus aurea and white regal lilies who needs cotinus flowers ?  

(Actually Rhod, I do like the flower effect too and have considered growing 2 of them so they will flower alternately ) currently grow 4 so you have prompted me to do that.  

Pieris forest flame

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 20:26

Lee,,a couple of questions.

how long have you had this?  Is it newly planted?  Is it in a pot or in the ground? If in a pot did you use ericaceous compost?   Essential.    Is it in strong direct sun?  Wont like that?     MHave you watered it?  Too dry and it will react as it has.  If your tap water is hard and you used this on your pieris it will hate it.

pieris need acid moist soil,,protection from strong sun esp in spring when new leaves are forming and protection from cold winds. 

are there any leaves left?  What do they look like?  

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 20:18

Tetley, but I like lilies 

Can you have too many fruiting shrubs/trees?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 20:17

Louise B, I grow cordon pears, espalier pear, an apple, several blackcurrant,,gooseberry, red currant and blueberry bushes, 2 peach trees, 2 figs, and a lemon tree.  Have a productive veg plot incl rhubarb. my food but, yes, you can have too much fruit....for sure 

I help out a friend who has an orchard (I planted few years back) with some 20 varieties of apple trees, several pear trees, cherries, plums, crabs, nectarines, apricot, figs, walnut, plus soft fruit galore.  She has FAR TOO MUCH FRUIT and, coupled with her lazyness, is not picked enough.  To be fair to her she cannot cope with the produce. 

Grow what you know you can eat or preserve.  Nothing more if you also want a gh, ornamental plants, somewnere to relax, a pond and even a lawn.  moderation is the key word.  Be practical and reallstic....those fruit trees and bushes need pruning.  Consider all of this before over planting.

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