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Posted: 05/05/2012 at 22:57

In my experience, black almost certainly means too wet whilst floppy means weakened growth. It may recover if given time and nurtured carefully but check it in daylight. If the discolouration is black spots, rather than die back (when the plant just looks dead and shrivelled) then it might be Shab, a fungal disease and you should bin the plant.


Posted: 05/05/2012 at 22:45

Lavenders don't like wet feet in the winter, adding grit allows water to drain away faster and planting in a little hump of soil, allows the plant to feel drier. This is often the case of Mediterranean plants.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 22:28

Does it have to begin with the letter W?


Posted: 05/05/2012 at 22:26

I always harden plants off before planting them out, no matter where I get them from. Even though my local garden centre displays their plants in an open air courtyard, it gets protection from strong winds and must have a slightly warmer climate dues to the surround of buildings. Also, quite rightly mentioned already, its feels great to buy plants in flower but often they have come straight from polytunnels and nurseries forcing them on to look their best and encourage sales. And it works! I can't resist a flowering plant.

Hardening off just involves bringing plants into the porch or house or sheltered spot each night for a week or ten days to give them time to adjust the cooler more exposed conditions of our back gardens.

What's it like in your garden?

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 21:33
<span><span>Koalagirlwrote (see)

<span>My toms are actually not as far ahead as they normally are.  In fact everything is behind.  I've just been checking my gardening diary and this year the apple blossom is about three weeks behind last year.  The <span>cotoneasterwas in full flower by 9th May last year but this year it is nowhere near flowering.

This will be the third year I have kept visual records of my borders to capture the beauty of the plants I choose to grow and also to help me make improvements for the following seasons. I always begin in April and label the files by early, mid or late Month and Year. This year, I was busy comparing my progress against other years and noticed not only slower growth in plants, but also a change in growth patterns, for instance, last year my poppies were already half grown in early April while my Acanthus was still a ripple of emerging leaves come early May whereas this year, the poppies have been slower and the Acanthus is already at a sizable leaf. My Sedum is massive already and my blossom is decidedly late to coincide with my Ceanothus for the first time that I recall and my Hostas were much earlier last year than this.

What have you guys noticed about your favourite shrubs and herbaceous plants?

Now you can add photos to your posts

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 19:11

I open mine in Microsoft Picture manager which gives you an option to change the file size and also has some preset options perfect for the web.

specimen plants for north easterly aspect

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 18:12

Well I have a Fatsia japonica in my north facing corner by the shed that does marvellously once established. Two (third coming soon) Acanthus in heavy shade, a pyracantha east facing that has gone mental in one year! A north-east facing Hebe Midsummer Beauty that is no trouble in a heavily shaded corner and flowers profusely in summer, several euonymus that never complain and a couple of Acers also very happy in shade with incredible autumn colour. All of the above offer structure and/or your colour preferences.

Choiysa Ternata is also happy in shade but that is neither structure nor reds/mauves and Clematis Montana will also do fine in North-east facing aspect, but thats a climber. Elaeagnus have lovely looking foliage and neat shapes but not your choices of colour.

That's my garden, I still have a couple of shade areas to plant up and haven't yet decided on the shrub to plant. Good luck

Depression and how gardening saved me

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 16:37

Nature heals

May In Your Garden

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 14:43
Inkadog wrote (see)

No luck with the globe artichokes--will add to my wish list. I must do a town trip soon--need new glasses.

Haha, this made me laugh as I imagined you passing by the artichokes for sale because of bad eyesight

May In Your Garden

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 13:43

Just got back from the garden centre. I really really wanted to buy Heuchera Marmalade and Euphorbia Silver Swan but they were £8 each, so I've opted for three decent sized Buxus sempervirens for £10 and a Stachys byzantina.

The Box will get potted on and pampered into topiary over the next three years, the latter will get propagated like mad for a big spread in the full sun border next year. I had a Stachys once before which ended up as slug dinner and there was me thinking that slugs didn't eat silver foliage, so I'm well prepared this time round.

Slightly depressed about the lack of sun and the lack of sun forcast to come, but I still enjoy the growing season whatever the weather.

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