Dave Morgan

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Idea's Please

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 07:52

 I've been asked by one of my clients to plant up this container. She has no hard and fast idea's and neither do I. Drainage is good as is the amount of sun. So I'm looking for something which doesn't need much attention. Anything considered.

Uploading pics

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 20:01

All I'm getting is service unavailable.

Uploading pics

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 19:55

Is uploading pics knackered again?

Climbing Roses Advice

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 09:43

Roses flower on new growth, but from what you describe you really need to sort out a framework to get the best from your roses. Many people do what you've done but it's easily fixed, just leave it for now, sorting it out is better done when the climbers are dormant as you can see all the main stems and tie them into a framework. creating a framework is easier in winter as well, getting behind a rose in full leaf is difficult to say the least. Best thing you can do right now is plan the framework and get the materials necessary. Decide how much spread you need and consider how high you want it to go. When creating the framework, go as low as you can for the bottom wire and then a foot apart for each subsequent wire. This gives better coverage of the wall, or whatever the background is.You can be quite harsh with mature stems and bend them right down, the new growth will come from between the leaf axils, and grow straight up.

It's all a learning process so don't stress about it and roses are very forgiving.

Lily Bulbs

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 15:32

Leave the stem, snap off the short pods where the flowers were.

Any idea's as to what this is?

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 13:10

Handed to me by one of my clients, they don't know what it is  and neither do I. Any suggestions?


Black spot

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 12:41

Lulu, my standard treatment for blackspot is the following, strip all affected leaves from the plant and burn or bin them. Spray the whole plant flowers, stems and the ground around the stems with rose clear. Feed it and mulch it to retain moisture. Although many roses are resistant  to black spot many aren't and a healthy well fed and watered rose, is less likely to succumb. If you make it a regime, starting at the beginning of the year and repeat the process every six to eight weeks during the flowering season, it works. I do it with my own and all of my clients roses. It works. You just need the discipline to do it every year. It takes 10 - 15 mins and the rewards are always worth it.

Climbing Roses Advice

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 09:55

I'd leave them to fully settle for now nitram. When they go dormant in winter about February thats the time to train them onto their eventual frame. Train laterally and /or at 45 degree's which will leave them ready to produce flowering shoots in spring. A good feed in spring will set them up for the first flush. After the first flush you can summer prune to keep them close to the wall and tie in new leaders.

Water Butt Issues

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 10:49

I'd empty it out and clear the overflow and tap connections. Rubbish gets into the butts and they need a clear out every so often.

Videos - no subtitles.

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 21:03

The BBC ignores gardeners and their opinions full stop, so it's no surprise they ignore the deaf or partially sighted.

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