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poorly shrubs

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 13:18

Any gc will stock it rosemary.  Cheap.  Just go for most basic .  

it's always wise too check ph's possible your soil is basically acid but if mushroom compost, for example, has been used or if limed it will make it alkaline.

Even you hard hearts......

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 13:13

'Ave a cuppa Tetley.....Pg or Typhoo 

Planting Blueberry Bushes

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 13:11

Yes, faulty meter 

poorly shrubs

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 12:24

Iron in a form your plants can absorb Rosemary.  

I asked about the heathers because if they were summer flowering and healthy it would confirm acid soil.  When did you check your ph....soil acidity?  You are sure it is acid? 

Even you hard hearts......

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 12:20

Far from a sob story it was a happy story.  

If I had the money I would love doing what AT does.  

Always bits that are just not practical ...rather like wrapping paper around the pressies.  It all adds to the impact

Of course, it is sentimental but I don't doubt the sincerity of AT or any of his team.  Simon Cowel parallel?  Come on 


poorly shrubs

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 12:13

Rosemary, did you plant magnolia and camelia last year?  

both plants need a neutral to acid soil.  Alkaline soils arent great for them.  

A sequesterene spray will help.

Your heathers?  Are they summer or winter flowering?  

Or, is your soil dry?  You didnt say if you watered your plants


Posted: 05/08/2015 at 12:08

Me too 

windy, damp and muggy now.   

However, early this morn I (impulsively) moved 2 shrubs...a camelia and hydrangea Kyushu.  Happy with that esp as the rain now is perfect timing.  Both shrubs had good root systems and wont even notice the move.

looking for inspiration

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 12:04

Perovskia is nice flops, gets straggly and is generally untidy.  Had it but replaced it.  Certainly not for a formal border.  In the gc perovskia looks tidy but once outside in the wind and rain it needs support.  However,,there is a smaller variety, Little Spire, that is supppsed to be better.  

santolina has a few varieties.....however, trim it twice a year and it will be beautifully controlled.  I cut mine back very hard in early spring but trimmed by half at that time will provide dense,,compact, silver/grey mounds.  

Easily propagated by cuttings too 

Even you hard hearts......

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 08:52

N.b. The title of this thread.

bet most people emjoyed it....non gardeners too 

Poorly Cosmos

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 08:50

Cosmos do not want regular watering unless your soil is very dry and impoverished. Better to under water than over water.  

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