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Why did these plants die and what can I replace them with?

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 23:11

Renata, do what you feel comfortable with.  We are all different.

for me, no doubt.  I would return those plants. your right to as part of your contract of,purchase. Don't, for heaven's sake, assume it is your fault that plants died.  

When I talk to local gc manager he understands fully that plants fail for all sorts of reasons and that some people return them; others do not.   There is no judgement from them.

Lovely pieris Renata. Not sure I could talk to plants but there is scientific data showing it can help them.  Sarcoccoca is grown for its scent in late winter.  Amazing but it is not a "looker" so not really something to grow for show.

To dig over or not

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 22:59

Drought orders soon Fishy?  Ground is certainly very dry here.  

No rain here today or now and I think not much rain in the forecast either.

Plants to plant now

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 21:12

Echinaceas like white swan or its purple variety are worth checking out Kez.  When you say stay all year I assume you mean perennial and not evergreen.

sedums ...the taller sort...... anthemis, aster frikartii monch with lavendar blue flowers for weeks, some of the hardier agastaches, euryops, caryopteris, ceratostigma, achillea, verbenas including bonariensis, nepeta,  .....lots of plants for hot dry areas Kez

Why did these plants die and what can I replace them with?

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 20:43

Dove, if they have a warranty to survive for a year or more it would be foolish not to take them back to garden centre.  We DONT KNOW what they died from...not for sure.  The manager is not stupid.  If he replaces those plants do,you really have an issue with that.

i planted a couple of conifers for a friend some 3 years ago...they were about 7' then.  Planted as 2 sentries leading into a sitting area.  My friend has a habit of meglecting everything i cljding those conifers so they now look a little poorly.  I think...think...they are dying through lack of water but having spoken to the manager (wyevale gc) he will replace or refund the cos......if the receipt can be found.  

Most everything looks fine on purchase otherwise we would not  buy them.  

My advice to gc manager.

To dig over or not

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 19:55

Cathy, dont think it will rain here.  Thunderstorms,dont help replenish the soil because of run off.

Cuckoo spit on my bush

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 19:39

I have cuckoo spit on a rosemary. ,slightly,,slightly, unsightly but Im happy to leave well alone.  


Posted: 03/07/2015 at 19:37

How kind you are Wonky.. I am reeling from your obvious concern.  I will arrange to see the doc to see about that prescription for life. thanks again from the heart of my bottom.

Why did these plants die and what can I replace them with?

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 16:24

Renata, did you buy them from a gc that provides a warranty? some give 2 years others a lifetime warranty.

it could be you planted them in ordinary mpc....this is too thin for spruces. And acid soil required. 


Posted: 03/07/2015 at 16:19

Busy day. got back and my new agastache arrived.  Some stems broken but that is fine.  In 1 litre pot and ready for bigger pot. The broken pieces have been prepared as cuttings that hopefully will produce more plants soon 

it will be a plant for next year even though it will flower by next month. 

Wonky, between you and me I almost....almost...ate all the cupcakes until I received a text asking me to leave 2.  I know it SEEMS greedy but I have a medical condition that drives me to consume tasty food to excess. So 2 cupcakes remain....for now 

To dig over or not

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 16:11

Argumentative so and so that I am I disagree Fishy

I would turn it over now.  Break it up and get some goodness in there if you can.  Firm it and rake it, get some organic fertiliser in there too.

what do you want to plant there now?

i would plant when soil has settled after a few days and water the area and plants well. 

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