Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Can this rosemary be revived with a hard prune?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 13:24

Cutting back to healthy looking new shoots would be ideal but as long as there is live growth you should be ok.  Definitely take cuttings as insurance - root them in gritty compost which is kept damp but never allowed to get too wet or dry out and you should be OK.  Also try rooting a few cuttings in water (change every day or two and keep out of direct sun) as some folk have more success doing that before potting into gritty compost.

Edit: yes, removing and replacing the top layer of compost and feeding will help, but watch the watering as the roots can rot if kept too wet.

Last edited: 25 March 2017 13:26:59

How should I prune these roses?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 13:17

Do you know what type of roses those tall ones are?   If they are getting in the way then most roses will happily regenerate if you cut them back to about knee height although on some types you will lose flowers for this year.

Can this rosemary be revived with a hard prune?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 13:13

Agree Topbird, best not to go mad with the pruning and it does look a bit undernourished.

What to grow in a narrow border?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 13:09

If you could put some support like trellis or wires on the fence, you could grow clematis or other climbers.

Can this rosemary be revived with a hard prune?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 12:50

Yes, but always prune back to just above green shoots as it's unlikely to sprout from bare wood.  Take out any obviously dead wood before you start to prune back.

Best flowering dwarf plants

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 12:46

You could try primula for spring colour as well as bulbs like narcissus and tulips.  Those are all perennial so will come back.  If you don't mind buying bedding plants each year, there are lots to choose from which will last all summer such as pelargoniums which come in all of the colours you like, too.

Mystery Plants

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 12:12

Yes, agree with Spanish bluebells for the latest pic.  They're as bad as grape hyacinths for their invasive habits.  I'd have 'em out.

New potatoes in tubs

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 10:25

I'd do 3 too.  Anya are very prolific with that wonderful taste of Pink Fir Apple (from which they were bred, together with Desiree) but without the knobbly bits!  One of my favourite dishes - a plate of hot anya and broad beans with lots of proper butter - Yum! 

Knotty weed. What is it?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 09:34

As Dove hinted, glyphosate will work but you'll need to spray and then wait for it to die down completely or the glyphosate won't get to the roots.  Unfortunately, there's no 'one hit wonder' for killing ground elder and some will reappear but if you keep at it you will eventually be rid of it.  I have successfully removed it completely from two areas in my garden although on one side it was coming in from a neighours garden so had a word with them and they allowed me to spray it on their side too.

to fill in cracks

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 09:25

For the sunny area you could try creeping thyme which doesn't mind being walked on occasionally.

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