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What is wrong with my Geum Mrs Bradshaw

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 13:07

Both my Bradshaws haven't grown this year.  I've had 6" leaves since the Spring and nothing else.  I lifted them and both had loads of tiny curly little worm-like thing all around the roots.  These plants didn't grow well when I first bought them and they've only ever bloomed once and then, nothing.

I gave the roots a good clean and a trim and have re-planted them - so hoping for something next year.  Other geums in the same soil have always done really well - so I'm suspecting both plants came with whatever has caused the problem.  It's frustrating as I thought they were pretty expensive when I bought them, but as ever I was desperate to have Bradshaws and they were the only two I could get locally.

Mystery tree

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 14:23

PatE - Thanks again so much.  I can't see your photos just now - on my screen all photos posted since yesterday just come up as small black boxes with an X in the middle.  Will try again later.  Might be my browser - not sure.

Mystery tree

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 15:39

PatE:  Thanks so much for taking the time to look up this diagnostic detail, scan it and post it.    I also began to trawl the net - but the detail on Snow Gum and others gave me a headache and a huge regret that I was never any good at the level of detail required to pin down species etc.

I am going to call it the Snow Gum from now on; although on the internet it was confusing as some of the gum nursery information seemed to imply that it wouldn't grow as tall as the one here.  But then again, different conditions and all that might make a difference and as we are hemmed in on all sides by tall flats - we tend to get too tall or leggy ordinary plants as the sun is never direct, but comes over the height of the buildings from east to west each day.  This means that in our gardens here, the plants all 'lean' and stretch towards the direction where the sun is most bright which tends to be around 1pm for an hour or two, just because of the tall buildings. So the plants all lean towards the West in my garden.  Walking through this garden sometimes feels like being on a ship!!

I took a photo of the end of a young branch brought down this morning by fighting pigeons.  I think these are 'juvenile' leaves and seem to fit leaf b. on your page regarding the veining.  I've also found more photo of the stages of what I called pods but which from your info. pages are the 'operculum' - I've concluded that the stages of my 'operculum' are as in the very bottom right of your page - shedding in two stages the calyx and corolla!  (I'm a perfect example now of having been given a little information and my conclusions are probably 'a dangerous thing' as the saying goes).  The bark never changes from the smooth grey.

Many thanks Pat.  I'm going to call it Snow Gum no matter what - as it seems to me it most looks like one.  It's great to give it a name.  (I'd still love to know who sowed it or how it came to be there.  I've been here 30 years and as there are so few gardener neighbours - nobody seemed to notice the tree until it was massive).

Last edited: 03 July 2017 15:42:34

Today's Gardens

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 02:18


Sign of Life and Strawberry Roots

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 02:03

I'd leave them a long time yet and see what happens.  I was about to tip out a stawberry pot with nothing happening whilst the others were going great guns and suddenly a few days ago up came a shoot and leaves and they're looking very perky, but small still. 

Last edited: 03 July 2017 02:04:23

Ugly dumping ground

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 01:56

What an astounding job you've done lovegardening77.  As Tesni says - gardening can be very therapeutic and a great boon to your well-being, especially at times when things become a bit much to bear.  All best wishes.

Mystery tree

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 01:33

0Pat E:  Can I break in rudely here and pick your brains on eucalyptus, as I've just posted today that I've discovered mystery seed pods in my garden are from a eucalyptus in a neighbours garden which flowered first week in June for the first year ever.  Nobody knows how this tree came to be here and it's now about 50ft tall.  Two years ago we had a tree surgeon take about 10ft off the top as when it was windy it was tapping on fourth floor windows quite aggressively.  This may have only served to make it shoot like mad afterwards though as it has really put on top growth again.  It's very beautiful and wispy in the wind, but neighbour discussion about whether to have a tree surgeon cut it down altogether or whether we just keep it are divided - and it was going to cost a lot of money.   I've posted these pics on another thread today because I finally realised the hundreds of pods in my garden were from this tree.  Do you know which eucalyptus it is?  I'm assuming it's eucalyptus from pictures but maybe it's not really.  Some of the lower leaves always turn a beautiful red from Spring, but only on the lower branches. 

Thanks in advance and apologies for breaking into your topic Spikle, but too good an opportunity that Pat E is around.

  This is one of the hundreds of pods which landed all over the garden all over plants and the ground.

Last edited: 03 July 2017 01:45:48

Privacy - What can I grow from containers?

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 01:19

PS:  Sorry to go on.  A friend liked them so much he has 6 of them in massive pots to screen his sitting area and neighbour's fence.  Loves them and thinks they add an exotic touch!  Has to water a fair bit though as they drink it up but they've been a great success for all the years he has had them.  They look good all year round.  In Spring they foliage up really quickly and have been as healthy as anything in his big pots.

Last edited: 03 July 2017 01:20:58

Privacy - What can I grow from containers?

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 01:09

If you are prepared to be a bit spendy - really big containers and to buy fairly mature plants, you could try bamboo.

I used Great Wall and had them in containers from about 2ft high.  In a couple of years they were 6 foot and I transplanted them into beds so that I could get some privacy in two open spots. 

This is one.  It's 6ft high, the other 7ft. At the base though it takes up 2ft of space - so one this size would need a very large pot.  Again though, you can keep it the size you want in a pot as it will stop the width expanding, or I found it worked.  The one in this photo is also less densely bushy than it would naturally grow as at this time every year I cut away a lot of the foliage to expose the canes - so it looks more 'see through' than it would if it had been left to grow as it does naturally. I cut loads away from it two weeks ago so it is very 'thinned out'.  This photo was a couple of days ago.  It will grow more bushy through the summer and I think they are lovely in shape and form and they have proved tough as old boots in Scottish weather with no problems at all.  Always look great (to me anyway) and whilst the feathery tops droop in the rain - as in this  photo - you can trim away at them as often as you like and it does no harm.  I think they are very attractive as well as providing a practical purpose in screening the little area where I like to sit and not be peered at.

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Posted: 03/07/2017 at 00:49

WillDB - I've had Thalictrum Elin for a few years but I'm also more attracted by the foliage than the flowers, simply because as you say the flowers are so high that you have to be careful where you place it in order for it to fit in nicely with other plants around it.  But - the foliage is so very attractive that it needs room to be seen - and I have to admit, I've always love it best after the rain because the raindrops (which seem to beautifully gather around the edges of the leaves) make it absolutely stunning.  This spring, I uprooted mine and planted it in a very large tub.  This has resulted in limiting it's height so the flowers are at my eye level now.  I've also moved it in front of where I have three ugly tall plastic bins which house bird seed and mealworms and some tools - and the foliage very nicely hides where you can see the bins.  I love the plant because of the after-rain effect which makes it really stand out and noticeable - and now that the flowers are at my height, I appreciate them more because I can see the detail in their smallness.

WillDB and Pete 8:  I also bought some Salvia 'Caradonna' this year and I imagined they were going to clump fairly quickly and be real stunners - but they seem to have gone off the boil very quickly.  In my case though, it may be because of where I've placed them and that 'Scottish' summers (not much summer more rain) don't suit them that well.  I'm hoping they will perk up or bush a bit by end of summer and if not I'll move them for next year and see what happens.

My biggest disappointment has been the number of plants bought in a very reputable place at quite inflated prices which look really healthy at the point of buying - and then I get them home and discover they are so badly pot-bound.  It's not the kind of place where I've felt confident to remove them from the pot in the shop to check them  - which is what all author gardeners suggest you do.  It's my favourite plant place but I've found that the last couple of years they seem to be buying in some plants rather than growing themselves.  I never have the confidence to take any plants back or suggest a discount or replacement, which I suppose I ought to, but because of it's horticultural reputation and because it's my only nearby option now, I'm a wimp and just don't want any confrontation or bad feeling.

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