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Posted: 17/07/2016 at 21:58

Flowerpower, sounds like lime has gotten into your affected blueberry.  How do you water?  Tap water?  Did you feed with something?  

Or have you used weedkiller recently?  Spray drift will also cause those symptoms

What do you mean by "tea pots"?

Cloggie, no not bog plants.  Woodland yes.  Sounds like you over watered 

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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 21:52

nice pictures Chicky.  Yes I have  Moreheim Beauty, Sahins Early, El Dorado, Hot Lava and Chelsea out now.  Got a few more about to flower.  

Re hostas without holes, I agree with Monty.  If grown well they are less likely to be snail and slug fodder.  Touch wood, I have several hostas in the ground and in pots without holes.  A torch visit at night helps too 

Peach colored scented climbing plant

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 21:41

Nice to see you Tetley 

What would you plant here?

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 21:18

Jasmine or honeysuckle would fit the bill Jess. 

Dig out a generous hole and loosen it below the hole.  Add compost, pelleted chicken manure, dried farmyard manure and some fish blood and bone to excavated soil.  Mix well and use this to plant with.  Water well. 

Galvanised wires from fence to fence will be fine 

Sad hydrangea :-(

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 21:12

I would repot......use a john innes compost.......number 3.  No need for ericaceous for pink hydrangeas.  You don't need to add any fertiliser.....agree with Alima about fertiliser touching the roots.

You can then check the roots at same time.  Check for signs of pests in the soil like vine weevils.  Tease out roots if tight around the rootball.  If the rootball is light you have your reason for wilting so soak it in a bucket of water for 20 mins then pot up, water well and place in a dappled shade spot 

Sad hydrangea :-(

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 20:40

Dudleybuds, have the planters got DRAINAGE holes in them?  Sounds to me like a water problem either too dry or too wet.  Have you watered just the once?

Disagree about ericaceous compost.......they will grow in ordinary compost and not show signs of wilt If not in ericaceous compost.  Only important to determine flower colour.  

can you post a picture for us?  What do the labels say ?  Paniculata type maybe If so direct sun is fine.  I would be inclined to take the plants out and look at the is possible they are dry esp if you did not soak the roots before planting or tease the roots out.  If the flower heads were huge and the roots dry your plants would indeed wilt badly

when repotting use a john innes type.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 17:10


No let up from early this morning to now.....scorching 

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 17:08

Different clones alice.    I think there are inferior, maybe infected, ones around 

People DO imdeed "fork out" a lot of money on plants that fail and continue to do so.  A visit to a local garden centre will reveal people buying all sorts of plants requiring vastly different conditions and often selected purely on whim regardless of their own growing conditions.   Similarly so on the internet. Doesn't necessarily mean plants themselves are flawed.

my point about "good" conditions is just that........Wild Swan DOES need a certain combination of factors to do well I think.  I offer only my own opinion

It would be interesting to hear from others who do grow Wild Swan well and compare.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:54

Philippa  I actually have several varieties 

They are the dwarf Popsickle series though have red, yellow, orange. reputed to be a little tender by some but I love 'em and think you will too,

slugs love em too but I have erected "keep out signs" and they seem to work 


Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:14

Lou, they will do that.   However, I remove any summer flowers to allow the plants to build up over the summer. Besides they act as quiet foliage plants for me now obscured by the summer perennials ....don't need hellebore flowers just now.  hellebores also enjoy the relatively cooler summer conditions provided by these taller  plants 

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