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Another poorly honeysuckle (and buddleja)

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 16:25

I wouldn't worry too much about feeding the buddejla. They grow on waste ground quite happily. Cut off what is dead or dying, it should grow back stronger 

Did you mix the honeysuckle compost in with the soil?  The compost retains moisture but too much compost can get waterlogged around the roots 

I garden on sandy soil so I'm always generous but mix it in well 

Liatris Spicata

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 16:17

They do and they're usually eager to show, but be patient, and not too much water until they are skyward 

Did you plant the right end up?

Another poorly honeysuckle (and buddleja)

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 16:10

Forgot the pesticides, your buddleja looks healthy on its other stems so perhaps the weakened side got knocked? They have quite brittle stems and yours looks young still? 

It should recover in time 

As for the honeysuckle, it looks hungry with a small amount of damage maybe from the strong winds recently 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 15:01

Went to pot up 6 white pelargonium,  instead decided to plant Clematis jackmanii alongside Potentilla Summer Sorbet but had to yank out a rogue honeysuckle and move a fern.

Chance to improve the builder's rubble and hang another trellis for climbing rose, Virginia Creeper combo 

Pelargoniums  can wait a day, bath now before IPL cricket 


Posted: 12/05/2015 at 12:11

Right! I'm ready to get up 


Posted: 12/05/2015 at 07:52

Sunny here now, didn't realise I caught suntan yesterday, arms,shoulders, neck and face!

I hate suntans  


Posted: 12/05/2015 at 07:20

Morning all,

Chicklettes will do well,  they've got chicky brains 

Welcome back bekkie 

Haven't watched the programme yet, forgo to remind OH who was busy setting the TV to record the repeat. Love my man 

Glad Matty and BL are having a lovely time, thanks for the pics too! All these people having time away from their gardens,I don't think I could be so brave, perhaps when it's more established it will be nice coming back to see how much it's grown! 

DD, you are never still!  Do you sleep on a treadmill? 

I'm feeding starlings at the moment LesleyK, first year they have ever bothered and yes they make very unfriendly squarking sounds, poor you

Misty here and a little cooler to start the day  


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 19:49

Verdun, of course that makes sense but the label said ericaceous  otherwise I would have bought it 

Group 3 clematis help!

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 19:28

Yes cut the broken stem just below the damage, it's not really an issue so long as yes-you feed it but also protect it from the rigours of the environment. Wind damage, slugs and snails will strip a clematis given half a chance, if not those sometimes caterpillars can do it.

I use grit piled on top of the main stems, some pellets and nocturnal slug hunts. I also saw off the base of the pot it came in  (usually I  don't buy babies but preschool plants) and half bury the pot at the base of the plant to protect thin stems from the carnage of my excitable pooch. This year I've also used copper tape around the pots 

Just do what you can and keep checking on it

Group 3 clematis help!

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 19:04

Tiny plants need extra care and attention in the big bad world so do everything you can to ensure success 

Now for the good news, group 3 are the easiest type to grow and any damage early in the season should be quickly replaced, they are vigorous and happy to perform but as already said, baby plants need help to establish well  

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