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Small hedge of perennials, any ideas?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 17:51

Kalmia Fairy? 

how to speed up ripening of figs

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 17:31

It's the way of figs hoeglory.....they ripen individually over time.  the blackbirds know exactly when every one is ready 

Berberis Thunbergii

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 17:28

Sorry Brickman missed your post there.  

Berberis Thunbergii

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 17:27

Copperdog, berberis are now being attacked by sawfly.  Does much the same damage as gooseberry sawfly.  Leaves are destroyed almost overnight.

nothing to do now but I would apply a winter wash in December after clearing fhe ground of all leaves etc.  After spraying apply a thick mulch.  An insecticide, whether organic or not, may have to be applied next aummer 

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 17:22

Brian, I agree with you.  I talk a lot to the plant mamager at the local Wyevale GC.  At times he is exasperated, nay, incensed with the way it is now.  

I do well there....always getting bargains, etc., but apart from the plant manager nobody seems to have any plant knowledge.  The guy who many go to for advice comes to ME for advice.

luckily I have a fantastic local nursery just a few minutes away with a huge and constantly expanding range of plants less than half the price of the Wyevale centre.

wyevale centres are already stocking up with Christmas's ok cos it is a nice place to visit close to christmas .....and it already stocks clothes.  

Good to have a gripe Brian but Wyevale will continue to make big profits from its increasingly smaller range of plants  

What's wrong with my hebe?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 16:45

I see Mark has already memtioned it......i think it is not just rootbound but dry. no amount of watering will make up for that.  Often plants in bargain basement are neglected. 

lovely Dee,,take it out of the pot, finish teasing the roots out and plunge it in a bucket of water for half an hour or so.  Then pot it up and water it.  Cut off everything not looking healthy.  No reason for it not to recover well.  Oh!  John Innes compost!  Mpc is inadequate 

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Small hedge of perennials, any ideas?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 16:31

Well, you know enough's the wet and cold that does it for plants.  Plenty of grit and summer sun to ripen the wood and I think you will be fine with Tom Thumb.  Intrigued now with what you will get 

just as frustrating for me perhaps is the blue poppy......i have a spot to try it in again now 

Geraniums dying off spots on leaves

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 14:51

Happens here too at this time of year culham.  I don't think it is anything to worry about.  Used to think it was a fungal thing but now I think it is caused by caterpillars.   as I said, it is always at this time of year.  

I spray with an insecticide after a cut back to nice healthy shoots.....pelargoniums will quickly make fresh foliage and flower again in record time.  pelargoniums can get diseased because of a lack of air flow as well as dying leaves and flowers on the foliage so it is a good idea to regularly clear around the plants removing all debris.  Regular deadheading and cutting off old flower stems makes a big difference too. 

Small hedge of perennials, any ideas?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 14:42

Ha ha Bob 

yes P Tom Thumb is a little gem. You are right about many pittosporums though...down here you see them as large shrubs even trees.  

You can have fun with pruning shrubs can make wide shrubs grow upwards and tall ones grow sideways by selecting appropriate buds..  Have a good day Bob

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 14:21

Have to constantly cut my gauras to restrict their height ...doesn't affect their flowering though. Have them all over the place.  Here they flower from late spring and into winter.  love 'em though.  I also now have Papillon, a slightly more compact one Joyce.  

Just loved the colour of that helenium this lunchtime..........prob put it with sanguisorba Red Thunder....what do you think? 

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