I planted kiwi fruit 2 years ago but no sign of any blossom on them at all this year so may end up like the wisteria and one lilac that never have flowers
This statement makes me think your soil is too high in nitrogen. When there is a lot of nitrogen on soil, the flowers/food/shrub/whatever will produce a lot of green growth, but won't make flowers/food/fruit buds etc.
A soil test kit like you mentioned would really be helpful. They have them at walmart, lowe's, etc.. and some are so easy that all you have to do is stick them in the soil and you will get an instant reading... kind of like a thermometer.
Or, you local ag extension office may offer soil tests. You send in a little sample and they tell you everything you need to know.
So things jump into your carts too do they. Glad its not just me!!! Yep, happens to me all the time..
It could be the soil - the healthier trees are at the bottom end of the garden and the rather sad looking ones at the front, though they do have lots of blossom on this year which is hopeful.
When you say bottom... is there a slight slope at all? If there is... the good soil "stuff" is probably seeping down hill to where you say things grow better.
Or if not, someone at some point put something in the soil near the top end that was harmful. Could have been a toxic batch of compost or manure (if it came from a farm that uses a lot of herbicides or chemicals it could still be in the soil) or maybe they used an herbicide directly in that area and messed up the soil.
If a knockout rose jumps in your cart, take it home and plant it. MINE is 3 1/2 ft. Tall today, NO drought damage, NO frost damage, getting ready to bloom in a few weeks.
I was not impressed with KO's at first, but since I found a pink one with an actual smell, I had to have it!
I'll be putting in more, that's for sure!
Corporal that's a great tip! I'm looking for a couple sundance and Pixie's, if you guys come across a deal let me know...
See all the Sumac in the background? I like it, smells so good in bouquets. I have Staghorn Sumacs and they don't have a smell
These tiny sweet peas grow in 1/2 my beds and I've noticed that the Iris produce DOUBLE where they grow... Think they are putting nutrients in the soil?
Lucky me, kind of. This year I have to thin them out, I've spent the last three years covered with poison ivy trying to clean out 20 years of scrub growth, trees, brush, briars... I have a ways to go... Anyone want bulbs this fall?
*jumps up and down with hand in the air*
Oooh Me! Me!
(we can trade something!
And yes, peas and beans actually put nitrogen in the soil and if your soils are deficient in those, it really boosts nutrients.
Your Iris are LOVELY!! You have a very cute house too!...like the color. Yellow would not look good on my house, but I like it on other people's houses.
Ok, here is the Joseph's Coat. Jcoat1.jpg JCoat2.jpg
No, really it's there. I promise!
In the first pic it's the itty bitty twig thing.... with three whole leaves....
Right above the semi-box shaped shadow? (my camera.)
Under the azalea??
In the second picture it's the brightly colored flowers all over the side of the house.
Well, ok..ya gotta use the imagination to fast forward what it will look like between the twiggy thing (Rose of Sharon) behind the Azalea, and next to the Lilac.