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Echinacea Pink Double Delight

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 13:56

Bev, did you let them flower last year?  I think this may be the reason for their demise.

We all had a very wet winter too.....echinaceas don't like wet feet over winter.  My hot Papya is a similar plant......not allowed to flower so far this year but will let it do so now.  Another double, milkshake, has survived and has masses of buds to open any day now.  Marmalade is in full flower ...another orange double......same treatment.

getting rid of ants

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 13:49

Annmarie, , try usimg the hose over them.  I have satisfactorily done this....they don't like it wet.  So this for a day or two ....it should make a difference

Or use nematodes for ants......if the hose method doesnt work   

......the good guys

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 13:46

Yviestevie, some astrantias do get affected leaves at this time of the year.  I simply cut them off. However, now I give additional watering at this time of year and it seems effective treatment.  I think it may be because they dried out a little at some stage.  However, you should have received a healthy looking plant so I would ask for a replacement.  You paid for a nice green thriving plant after all 

My Broom Plant

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 13:38

I love Lena.  One of the most beautiful brooms 

I prune back as hard as I can but not not old wood.  So, cut stems back to last leaves on green looking wood.  I use plain old scissors to give a sharper cleaner cut.

Slightly late in pruning though.  Has it just finished flowering shirtbutton?  

Cannot advise about seed.  Cuttimgs are quite difficult (for me anyway) but I have done it.  I took cuttings when pruned back in spring.  They look ok at moment.

Your situation sounds ideal but if in a raised bed keep it watered reasonably well.  

My pruning also produces a nice, evergreen mounded bush when it's not I flower.

What is going on?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 11:20

Agree with you Mike.  Instinct ......maybe it's impulse or arrogance (heaven forbid) ....determines what amd when I do things. With some logic too,'of course 

peach tree

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 11:16

Envious Bob.  Looks like I got about 4 peaches on mine.  Forgot them in early spring and they were hit by leaf curl that affected the crop I'm sure.  

Will go for variety  Bob recommended in an earlier post.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 11:11

Thanks yviestevie.  Think my mum....92 too...and yours are in same boat.  Who would have thought such an infection would affect a person's mental state like that?

Almost regretted my boasting about the sunshine this morning.  Thought it was going to rain but, no, it's fine and warm.  But no more boasting from me......for today 

 

Philadelphus

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 11:07

It's simple for me.... Rosemummy, you  have been over feeding it.  Cosseting it too much. It's enjoying just making growth.   Grow it lean now.

Just leave it be.  Keep it watered in dry spells though

Just pruned my own philadelphus.  Lovely scent from masses of flowers.  Only downside is that it flowers for such a short time.

I've been a good girl

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 11:02

I resemble that remark 

my plant turning yellow-brown

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 09:00

Nothing to lose. If you don't want to replant it then at least cut it back leaving only green shoots.  Clear away everything dying or diseased (in case of disease) and give it plenty of water. then mulch generously

I have a variegated variety of box that suffered few years back. Simply excessive aphid damage but it looked awful.  I cut it back hard.....so much so that I was tempted to get rid.....but now it's looking good.  I was concerned such a drastic cutback would encourage it to revert. 

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