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Camellia problem

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 19:26

I think Lyn is right.  However, I love my white camelia. 

Mine is sheltered from cold winds and receives sun from late morning through to sunset.  It flowers well but the spent flowers need to be removed regularly as they spoil the otherwise beautiful climically white scene.  camelias should never dry out, esp in late summer.

JJ57 is your camelia placed so it receives early morning sun?  Does your soil dry out? Can you plant something to create a more sheltered and dappled shade position?


Posted: 18/05/2015 at 19:15

A couple of sharp short showers but a lovely sunny day.

astrantia superstar coming tomorrow so associated planting too then.  Its supposed to be a dry day so promising.   Possibly kniphofia tawney king tomorrow  



soil pH test result

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 18:46

Wonky, clearly you have a neutral to alkaline soil.  So good for veg, fruit and most plants.....not azaleas and the like.  Camelias will be ok though.  Your soil is much like my own.

azaleas, rhodos,,kalmias etc will be perfect for pots and ericaceous john innes but choose varieties and colours and sizes carefully

Too late!

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 16:59

Sophie, plugs would be a good idea.  The garden centres are selling off what they have left.  Pot them up before planting out.

cosmos should germinate quickly.  They give a lot of colour all summer and bright green foliage.  Sow asap. 


Posted: 18/05/2015 at 16:37

Fine Edd. Can see wonderful things.  Isnt the sun amazing Edd?  All golden and red and I can see fairies on the end of my nose. Can hear voices too from the garden calling me.  Just floating out there now............

Should my canna be sprouted yet?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 16:32

Cant make too many judgements about cannas surviving the winter....some are hardier than others.  It also depends on tne situation.....mine are all around 30 cm tall on average but one hasnt shown.....a piece of Durban.  In a shady, rich soil spot next to rhubarb.....I know, not a great companion planting on the face of it but it works.  I ferreted down a little and there were several strong shoots growing.  I think I may have stepped on it too in my haste so top growth damaged.

it's the wet in winter that damages cannas most I think.  Kept dry they should be fine


Posted: 18/05/2015 at 16:26

Eventful morning.....picked some wild mushrooms.  Look delicious. Will eat them as I type this......yummy!  They sure are deeeeeee..........aghhhhhh!

9cm plant - how to deal with it

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 12:49

Peanuts...a fern in a 9cm pot?  And I bet it was not cheap!

dig it up and pit it into a bigger pot.  If you have john innes then use that.  You wont get much growth on it this or next year.

(I see so many plants offered in 9cm pots that really should be in bigger pots ....shrubs, ferns and vigorous perennials should be supplied at this time of year in at least 1 litre pots) 

Pinching out

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 12:44

Bit drastic Clemmie.......oh!  You mean your plants?  .  Silleeee me! 

Staking Foxgloves

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 12:42

Could be that they are too WET.   So not wilting after all.   Heavy...over lush...foliage unable to support itself.   overly fed, overly watered plants can encourage pests too so I am inclined to,suggesf you stop fussing over foxgloves Lucid.    Foxgloves are usually plants that do not need staking.  

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