Alina W

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Sweet Pea

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 18:11

What size are your pots? Sweet peas have deep roots, and are hungry plants.


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 14:55

If you cut the central flower spike off and continue feeding and watering, you may get some smaller flower spikes. If they've finished too, remove them as well and allow the plant to die back. Once dead, tidy up the dead stems and leave the roots in the pot for next year.

Poor Rose

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 14:15

The time to prune your rose us in spring - it looks like a hybrid tea. Does it have a scent? If it has a citrussy lemon scent, it may be a David Austen "Prince" rose, which has a similar habit and colour.

For now, cut back to an outward-facing leaf joint when deadheading, and have a look at the bunch of low shoots at the bottom. If there are any suckers there remove those; you will recognise them by the fact that they come from below the graft (the graft is an extra-thick lump just above the soil where you'll find most shoots originate - if you can't see it, it may have been buried, so ease the soil away carefully to trace a potential sucker). Suckers may also have more leaflets than the main rose, and the leaflets are often a paler colour. Other than that, take out any very thin spindly shoots low down, but leave the majority until spring.

This will tell you how to prune in spring:

look for hybrid tea/floribunda roses. You'll also need to clear a circle about 80cm minimum across around the rose's roots of grass.

Last edited: 24 July 2016 14:19:07

Big Fat embarassing!

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 13:15

We moved into our first home, and I now had a garden! Off to Woolies I went, coming back with a pack of mixed seeds and a small bag of compost. I planted them carefully, and nurtured the two that came up, potting them on diligently. Then I had a visit from a friend, who marvelled at the 2 massive docks in plantpots on the windowsill......

English Laurel Spots

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 20:24

More info on brown scale here - the visiting insects seem to fit, but the regular pattern not necessarily:

My oriental lilies aren't very well

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 17:45

Perhaps you used ericacious compost after seeing references to L. auratum and L. speciosum, which the RHS list among acid-lovers?

The only thing I can add to what you've already been told is that black tips on lily leaves can be caused by over-watering, but I don't see any significant blackness on your photo. As long as their pots are not soggy, your lilies should be fine. The leaves will still feed the bulb after the flowers are gone, as they normally do.

How to grow your own Thai curry ingredients and cut down on food miles

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 14:53

Hate to say this, Ladybird4, but if it's anything like the ginger I grew, you'll be waiting a long time! Nice plant, until it got whitefly....

Very sick mature bay tree

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 14:12

The tree may be too far gone to be revived. However, when bays are killed in cold weather they often come back from ground shoots, so they may be your best bet, but that's as far as I can say. If you do get someone in, do be careful to get someone with some gardening knowledge to advise you further.

Mysterious passionflower death

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 14:03

Check for slug damage around the main stems first - they can sometimes strip bark from plants and so kill the top growth.

Clematis Dying?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 14:00

In addition to Obelixx's excellent advice, you mention  that your compost is "very free-draining". It should be soil-based and retain some water rather than letting it run straight through.

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