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white mould on phormium tenax

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 22:07

If you can get a healthy piece it will grow with more colour and energy.  Too many Phormiums are allowed to grow too large.  They lose their juvenile colour and revert to green ultimately.  Division keeps Phormiums attractive so not a shame marion

Is my evergreen dying?

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:48



Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:45

Mine are outside in pots now... 3 litres.....ready to be planted when wallflowers, etc are  removed.  For me lupins are a late spring early summer "crop". When flowering is over  many are divided and potted up and tender late Summer gems are then planted in their place. Lupins are a sorry looking bunch after flowering prone to snail damage and add nothing to the mid  summer to late summer  garden 

Hosta Problem

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:30

Hostas do like damp  but not as wet as some people may think.  In addition those hostas of orchid lady's have small roots unable to cope with too much wet.  Too wet and too cold for small roots lackdesp the desire for strong growth just yet.

The reason for putting the sad looking one in the GH is to try and dry it out a little


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:25

Cornwall is ablaze with daffodils right now....fields full of em everywhere.  Cornwall is bright with Camelias, Rhodos, magnolias, etc too so not everything is yellow 


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 19:19


Stick that euphorbia cutting in a pot of compost.  Don't even cover it.  Keep it in the warm...inside....for week or two then outside.  

Wet now but still warm.  


White spots on plants

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 13:03

Prob your slug solution Lottie.   Doesn't sound like mildew to me.   

Is my evergreen dying?

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 12:59

Kelly cut it down to 5' or so to give you a "lever" to pull and push your tree.  Remove side branches to create a pole.

Dig a trench around your tree and sever every root you see....use secateurs or saw.. Dig under all round.  Then pull, push, swear, pull and push and curse some more. Rocking will gradually loosen your tree.  If find it great fun ....well, It is when it starts to move.  

Afterwards, dig over ground and access any remaining roots and remove them.  Dig in plenty of compost, dried manure, etc. and fertiliser like fish blood and bone.  Level and rake. 

Survey your new planting area and imagine something ??ou really want there 

Evergreen Lawn

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 12:50

I would have raked it first then applied feed, etc.

You could rake lightly now.  Cut grass within a few days....just make sure rain has washed it in


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 11:09

A few years back...before I knew too much....I bought 3 hardy geraniums from T & M.  They were tiny and took ages to grow.  In frustration I removed them to replace with "proper" potted geraniums.  I did buy a couple of other perennials from them but returned them for a full refund.  bulbs and seeds are fine but T & M just don't do plant quality

This is a popular forum....a wide publicity platform.  Any reputable supplier should be aware of good customer care knowing it could be aired.

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