Dave Morgan

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Short flowering season for my buddleja's

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 09:23

I have several and they're all still going strong, but things in my garden have varied greatly this year, what did well last year hasn't this and vice versa , so for me it been a bit disappointing. Mind you the bees and butterfly numbers (that's what I plant for) although a bit late have been better than last year.

An observation.....

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 07:43

A 2ft long slug, must be a new alien species of slug. 

Patio Roses in Containers

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 16:12

Container roses, do this sometimes Jan. All roses grown in a container need weekly watering, you can't rely on normal rain, even torrential rain, it never gets to the bottom of the pot. I'd drench it or soak it in a larger container overnight, drain it then leave it in a slightly sheltered position for a few weeks. It's probably dry at the roots and has taken exception to it. It should recover quite quickly, there may even be time for a few more flowers weather dependent of course.

Weed killer before sowing grass seed

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 16:04

No it's not Lucid. Weedkiller takes a week to 10 days to start working properly. Weedkiller then immediately digging  just buries the weed which can then come back, especially if they are perennial weeds. You can dig in annual weeds without applying weedkiller turning the soil as you go. That's the way I do it and I'm a professional gardener.

Rose Trees

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 21:31

Standard roses are just ordinary roses with one long stem. Although some varieties lend themselves to standards better than others. They need potting into a large  pot at least 2ft in diameter. The potting mix should be a John Innes No3, available from most good garden centres. Plant with a handful of bonemeal at the base of the planting hole and leave a 2 inch gap between the top of the pot and the soil level. The addition of rootgrow when planting is advisable and regular watering is needed, at least weekly in hot weather. Pruning is the same for all standards, except  you are trying to encourage a sphere in shape when pruning in spring. I think there's a section on pruning roses in the How To guide. The feeding regime is the same as for any rose, in spring and after the first flush of flowers. Pruning after flowering or dead heading is the same for any bush rose, taking it back to a leaf axil. Newly planted roses need weekly watering until established, at least two months. Being in pots  they can be moved, full sun is best. Any other questions just ask. Best of luck. Weeping standards are treated differently to ordinary standards when pruning as your'e trying to maintain the weeping stems.

Getting desperate after 8 years.... WISTERIA, help please

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 10:19

I'd move it when dormant jo. You won't have to struggle with the foliage that way.

Can you identify this fruit?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 10:15


Mona Lisa lily plant

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 10:03

They may have dried out Maurice, water them copiously and then leave them alone, they'll come back next year.

Dwarf Lavatera and Buddliea

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 10:00

Leave it till spring Sheila, about last week in March/ first week in April.

Getting desperate after 8 years.... WISTERIA, help please

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 11:25

Cornelly, wisteria are pruned up to 3 times a year, I've been doing this a while you know. All your'e doing now is cutting back the new excess growth, your'e not doing the spring prune.

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