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Posted: 07/05/2014 at 20:10

I know,what you mean MrsG.  A plant just clung on to me today too....

limestone pea gravel

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 20:08


Could you not use a membrane at all?  Save your money and sImply buy ericaceous compost or acid bark chips......special bark chips for acid plants?  

I HATE that membrane with a vengeance.  It isnt the solution to all weeds...weeds will root into it.....and it creates a sterile poor dead soil.  You cannot move plants easily and it looks AWFUL.

Plant your acid lovers and top dress with a living soil.  It will look great and will be better for your plants 

Peach leaf curl

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 20:00

Hi Jim

Almost  got caught out myself this year.  Just a touch of peach leaf curl but I got away with it.

I would feed your tree, not spray ...Bordeaux doesnt do a lot for me.....and try to keep your peaches.  You will lose your peaches anyway if the bush decides it cannot cope.

Keep removing those leaves but can ??ou cover your bush for next few weeks?  I find that peach leaf curl is not a problem during the summer.  Maybe the leaves are more resilient.  (?) 

I would clear away fallen leaves and mulch with compost ....would also spray with Epsom salts.   


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:52

Nice choices MrsG.  And helictotrichon is a lovely grass.  Dont let it get overwhelmed by vigorous plants.  It's best standing tall over smaller things.

Busy day......but planted out agastache  Summer Glow this evening.  It now has a foreground of blue linum, berberis atro nana,  salvia Amistad behind and eryngium Jade Frost next to the common but delightfully silver curry plant.  

When my agastaches are at their best I will post pictures to show why I like them so much 

Yellow leaves on Skimmia

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:41

Hiya CharlieD

Epsom salts is a great tonic containing magnesium.  Good for most everything.  I think it helps plants assimilate other nutrients better too.  I just add tablespoon to 10 litres of water and stir well.  You can spray too.  

Its cheap enough from the chemist. 

What to do after daffs?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:35

A word of caution.   Lily of the Valley can be imvasive.  Ditto with Alchemila Mollis.  

I would thin out those,daffodils.   Dig some up and pot them up,or plant elsewhere.  Then, in the gaps between the daffodils I would plant hardy fuschias, dahlias, shrubby potentillas and/or an aster like frikartii Momch. Permanent planting that will cover those daffodils soon.  

No.....don't tie daffodils up.  They need full exposure to sunlight for some 6 weeks if they are to flower well next year.

Yellow leaves on Skimmia

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:29

Skimmias offen take time to settle when small.  They also do not like cold winds....dont like strong direct sun.  Then, they are easy   However, yours is not a small bush,,is it?  

Like Nut, I would have suggested alkalinity.  

If mine, I would apply Epsom salts and repeat this a week later.  

Let us know how you get on. 


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 14:28

I know how you feel Fairy.    "blooming' winter....wet and wimdy"

Its like summer here....dry and luverly   ThinkIng of usIng the hosepipe in a mo but I have to shoot off soon 

...........sorry, fairy!  Dont use your magic agin me, will you?   

Oh, eck!   Sun is bursting through again     Have to  make sure sun blind is down on fhe car too.  Reminds me to get in my hot, dry summer plants.

limestone pea gravel

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 14:22

Limestone gravel is not good for azaleas, rhododendrons....fact.  The lime will damage  them so best to face this issue now. Your membrane is porous and the lime will seep through.

I would do it this way......where your azaleas/rhododendrons  are I would not use gravel there or too near.  I would apply a different material around them instead.....ericaceous compost, acid bark chips or acid/neutral pebbles.

It really depends on how many acid lovers you intend to plant there.  

How much gravel did you get?  Can it be used elsewhere?  


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 14:13

Hiya macfall

I think you are doing it the very best way.  Amd, even then, pot them up once more before planting out.  Your plants will grow so much faster this way and when you do plant them out they will make an immediate impact 

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