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Geraniums (not Pelargoniums)

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 13:55

This is a tedious beginner gardener question.  My 'Wargraves Pink' and 'Kashmir Blue' are thriving and have done really well during the rain spells.  But my 'Mrs Kendall Clark' which were bought and planted a month ago only bloomed for 2 weeks then no new flowers and the foliage has orangey brown tints on the edges of the leaves.

I've asked this on another forum thread but thought I'd better get the subject of Geraniums on it's own thread - sorry if there's another Geranium thread which I haven't found.

My problem maybe arises from reading about plants in too many places of reference.  The plant label, websites and various old and new books.  Sometimes they give different advice and I'm in a beginners fudge of trying different types of advice.

My understanding had been that 'Mrs Kendall Clark' would bloom through to the autumn and that you can just leave them to their own thing.  Then I read that you should deadhead them or cut the stems at the base to prompt more growth and blooms.   I have 3 of these plants so deadheaded the flowers on one, cut the stems at the base on the 2nd and left the 3rd one to do its own thing.  None of them have produced new flower stems or blooms and so I'm wondering one of three things:

I added a 'Summer Mulch' to the bed  either a month or two months ago, can't remember which.  If I've carelessly hit the stems with the mulch would this have caused them to stop flowering and the foliage to turn orangey brown?  It's heavy clay but it had a lot of nursery bought garden compost added very early spring and the other Geraniums in this bed are romping on.

Am I mistaken that 'Mrs Kendall Clark' should grow and bloom through to September?  Should they have stopped blooming round about now?

As the plants were bought in pots and already in flower - should I have fed them something specific to keep them going or unlike the other Geraniums do they depend on constant sunshine to keep them going?

In most gardens where I see Geraniums they are blooming like mad and seem to just get left to get on with it.  I feel I've messed up in some obvious way but am just not 'getting it'.  I never hear anyone say they have problems with Geraniums and had thought I'd be able to just leave them more or less to spread and bloom all summer to autumn.  Oops!


Star Jasmine with red leaves???

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 13:39

I started a thread earlier in the year on my Star Jasmine problems with not producing new growth or leaves going yellow etc.  Since then it's put on new leaves in the last three weeks which are light new green coloured but some of the older leaves are rapidly turning a variety of colours from yellow to orange to brown. 

I'm now wondering if it's to do with the 'summer mulch' I put down a month or so ago as since then things like Hebe, Roses sprung into life but the foliage on the Star Jasmine, Geraniums 'Mrs Kendall Clark' have all turned browney orange and yellow.  My Geraniums promptly stopped blooming and I had expected them to bloom for quite a while yet.  The mulch has calcified seaweed in it but don't know what else.  Bought it from a really good nursery - but maybe I've carelessly had it too near the plant stems.  Not sure if that's what the problem is. 

What's loving all this rain?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 13:29

My standard bay laurels have been leafing like mad which they haven't done in recent years. 

Identify bug?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 13:25

Hi Joe - sorry I hadn't responded to your earlier post - it wasn't up when I was typing in the last reply.  Thanks for taking the trouble to input.  I'm needing to spend some time looking up (especially photos) of bugs and beetles to get more familiar.

2 year-old Choisya ternata

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 13:20

Janice:  Thanks for your comment here.  I'd forgotten all about the choisya and this thread - I binned it about a month after my last post back in April.  It was becoming disappointing effort.

I have heavy clay soil but i'd improved it over 3 years - with little luck.  The choisya I have left is growing upward but not out and every beast in town seems to now be having a chew.   I might as well do what you have done - opt for the tub.  Can I ask Janice what you feed yours with?   I'd like to use something that has worked for someone else.

Many thanks - and glad you came onto this thread just now and made me think about the choisya issues again.


Identify bug?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 10:08

Sue - hi.  I'm in Edinburgh as well - maybe yours have migrated to my garden!  Thanks for the identification.  I'm getting a lot of these 'soldier beetles' at the moment and haven't really noticed them around before.  They tend to linger on my Ox-eye Daisies.

Yes 'this year' has been less than predictable other than we seem to just wait for the next batch of showers ' - hasn't been the best one for the non-rain loving plants has it.  A few snatches of sun yesterday and today though but weatherman not optimistic from tomorrow.  Seemed to highlight Wednesday for a big downpour.

Many thanks for the reply.

July in the garden!!

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 09:56

Hi Leggi:  thanks for the name of the Monarda.  It's a beaut.  And identifying your Geum.  I love Geums for the reason you describe.  I had a couple of Spring-to-early Summer flowering ones and I have a couple of bright orange 'Prinses Juliana' ones (spelling might be wrong there - my label said 'Prinses' but some websites have it as 'Princess' - the name seems to vary on websites).   According to references I read my 'Prinses Juliana' were supposed to bloom through to September but they suddenly stopped blooming a couple of weeks ago and there's no sign of new blooms since.

I'm not sure about the right way to deadhead them - in that it's supposed to encourage more blooms.  One reference said just pick off the flower heads but another said to cut the stems at the base.  I've done both but I'm still getting no new flower stalks and blooms.  I don't know if it's lack of sun and loads of rain that's caused this or if I have something lacking in my soil which isn't sustaining them.  There's loads of fresh lovely foliage - just no new flowers.     

If anyone knows how I can encourage blooming again I'd appreciate the advice.

little-ann:  fabulous spuds.  What a success!  And thanks for identifying the cream coloured plants in my earlier photo as Californian Poppy.  I should have clicked to that seeing the bright coloured same flowers in the same bed.  I didn't realise that was how they changed when flowering.  Many thanks.

Identify bug?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 00:21

Can anyone tell me what this is?


Hydrangea macrophylla

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 10:44

Dovefromabove, everyone:  mine has continued to get worse.  The foliage has grown nicely bushy and is standing strongly but the top-most leaves are all like in the picture below.  I'm wondering if I'm not going to be able to do the right thing with it to improve whatever this problem is.  Everything else in the same bed is growing really well and only the hydrangea has leaves like this.  Not sure what I should attempt next or just leave it to see how flowering goes.  Other than this eaten away sort of damage to the leaves the plant overall looks remarkably healthy and strong. I wonder if I ought to be spraying it with something.



Posted: 16/07/2012 at 10:32

The plant that irks me isn't so much a thug as something I wish I'd thought more about before buying them.  I fell for the beginner gardener ignorance of what it would become.  Bought 4 pink astilbes 3 years ago.  They were very small at the time in pots and the garden was new and bare so I lapsed into buying whatever looked to be growing well and would fill space.  The flower spikes the first year were few and so didn't look so overwhelmingly large or over-pink.  Last year they really grew with more flower spikes, so many that I kept lopping them off.  This year - they have an alarming number of flower spikes and I'm wondering if I can look at the masses of pink.  This is a small garden and whilst it's great that they've grown so well - it's just too much pink fluffy-ness.  I've offered them to people but there have been no takers and I can't bring myself to get rid.   I'm going to have to think of some imaginative transplanting or incorporate something with them to dilute the effect they're producing. 

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