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Flowers : Border Perennial Flowers

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No flowers on Peony Rose
 

No flowers on Peony Rose

I have a peony rose in my garden for a good few years and it always flowered until last year and this year when I had plenty of leaves but no flowers what is the reason for this I include photo. Marie Jo, Youghal, Co Cork Posted: 14/08/2017

In the photo you sent, it looks dry and cramped by other plants, 2 reasons why it would not flower well.

Try mulching, reduce competition and, failing that, a move to a better spot in autumn. 

  raised beds with not much sun
 

raised beds with not much sun

I downsized to a smaller house 4 years ago. My garden is a raised bed going fully around end house. One side just gets morning sun. Other side then gets sun later in day, I am so disappointed this year. All my clematis have wilted and gone rotten. I seem to have no colour.. Can you recommend some plants I could sow for colour in shaded garden. rita 370, Shankill, Co Dublin Posted: 10/08/2017

A half-day of sunshine is not shaded and most plants will cope if watered and fed.

Clematis is prone to wilt disease but that is not due to shade. Try Clematis viticella hybrids, which as more resistant. 

 

Transplanting foxglove

Is it possible to transplant foxgloves into my hedge row? It would be similar environment. They are just starting to lose their flowers now. The same applies for some beautiful ferns and primroses? evelyn1979, fermoy , Co Cork Posted: 08/07/2017

It is very difficult to move established plants successfully into the dry soil  of a hedge.

If you can raise small transplants, planted in October, there is some chance. 

Remember it is illegal to remove plants from the 'wild'. 

  Plant not looking too good
 

Plant not looking too good

Foxglove not looking too good, but I can't find what's eating it. Anything I can do now to improve things? NurseBridie, Drogheda, Co Meath Posted: 12/06/2017

It is probably small snails that hide by day. Though a bit unsightly, the damage is not great and the plant should flower again next year if you take off the flower shoots when they have finished.

  Flower or weed?
 

Flower or weed?

I put quite a lot of unidentified plants in my garden and while doing a bit of weeding today I found this plant. Can you tell me what it is please? PatriciaMonaghan, Cork, Co Cork Posted: 06/06/2017

It is a campanula or bellflowers...possibly Campanula poscharskyana.

 

Is crocosmia another pest?

Crocosmia has taken over my garden. Pulling up the bulbs seems to encourage it. Has it become another invasive species in the west of Ireland? What''s the best way to get rid of it? I use old carpets to smother weeds but would need acres of it to get rid of this pest. cecelia, milltown, Co Kerry Posted: 05/06/2017

Crocosmia can be invasive and difficult to control over a large area. Use two or three applications as necessary on a once-off basis. Covering is successful for small areas.

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