Dave Morgan

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Strangled my wisteria!

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 08:02

Tails wisteria tends to sucker and suckers take away energy which reduces flowering. So one or at most two main stems gives better flowering. Getting a new main stem can be tricky so that's why the preferred option is to use the one you already have as a new main stem will take a few years to get going.

Puzzled (sweet peas)

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 19:42

Yes welcome bimbo they're just different varieties. They're cross bred for different characteristics that's all. I buy some different varieties each year just out of interest and they're all pretty lovely. Mine are still flowering.

Invasion from next door

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 19:36

I'd politely tell him about it first to see if he could solve it from his side. If you have no success then you have two options. First you can dig next to the boundary and put a physical barrier between the bamboo and your garden. Sheet perspex is one of the best barriers angled into his side. Or spray any emerging shoots with glyphosate based weed killer. The latter may kill the whole plant, although that's unlikely with bamboos. The wrong bamboos on boundaries just like leyllandii can be a source of great contention between neighbour's.

Strangled my wisteria!

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 12:55

Right the strangulation isn't as bad as it seems. The damage has prompted the new growth but you want to encourage new growth from the existing main stem. 

You can do one of two things, first you can create a new main stem from one of the new stems, or, and probably the best option remove the new growth to encourage new growth from the existing main stem.  You need to remove the new stems as far below soil level as you can go, just like removing a rose sucker.

Nothing much will happen this year but you should see new growth next spring from the bushy growth at the top of the main stem.

Just remember to tie in with the wire behind the stems in future. I'm sure you won't repeat the mistake.

Palm Tree Seed?

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 20:30

I suppose it depends on what species of palm you want to grow. If you google palm trees you get many suppliers. Try them. Alternatively try the RHS website.

daffodil bulbs

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 19:29

Eel worm probably. They will have been infected when you bought them. Take them back or get new they won't flower so bin them and buy some new ones.

Climbing Roses

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 14:40

I don't find roses ever do that well in pots even big ones, apart from the miniture roses. Although some on here have some success. Climbers in my experience take a year to put down good root systems anyway as do most roses so persevere for now. They usually do better second year anyway.

What is this, and how do I get rid of it?

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 11:45

If they smell of onion they're alliums. You can lift them with a hand fork pretty easy to solve.

What is this, and how do I get rid of it?

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 10:47

Could be one of two things, bluebells the most likely, the smaller ones could be snow drops. You have to dig them out individually. Painstaking but the only effective solution.

GW free agapanthus

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 10:31

Depends where you are primrose. Milder parts of the UK you can leave them in the ground with a thick bark mulch. I'd check the varieties on the RHS website for hardiness then decide whether you need to pot them or not. My preferred option would be to pot them and come the better months sink the pots in your beds. They are clump forming plants and spread quite slowly and potting the allows you to control that. I'd take them out for winter and keep the frost free personally. British weather can be unpredictable at the best of time's.

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