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Help needed for a gardener wannabe!

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 14:58

Liz don't get too enthusiastic just yet. Wait to see what comes up. By the way fuchsia's are best pruned in spring, after the frosts, which by the way are about to hit us. Reason, the old branches provide some protection to the plant, plus if you haven't identified whether or not it's hardy you may lose it.

ID what you have first then look for plants to either compliment what you have or rip it out and redesign it.

I'd spend the next few months reading as much as you can and finding out the pH of your soil, then decide suitable plants, and creating the right conditions for them. It's too easy to run away with it plant things then they don't thrive.

Welcome by the way, there are no silly questions here, just friendly advice all the way.

Wisteria or not?

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 21:14

Catherine I would strongly advise against a wisteria in your situation. I look after several, one over 30ft tall. A balcony in London isn't suitable, they are far too heavy and strong winds can bring them down. I doubt the subsequent repair bill would be anything other than huge. You need something light and easily managed. Don't forget you'll be the one responsible if something goes wrong. The Trachelospermum wouldn't like the strong winds, they'd dry it out in winter. There are a few clematis which are evergreen plus the ivy's, which can be pot grown. Just be careful what you choose, especially as you're on the 5th floor.

Dead Lawn

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 17:10

Once leather jackets have fed they go deeper into the ground to escape predators. I'm not surprised you can't find any they've eaten their fill. So as Verdun has said treat it in late summer after the crane flies have have laid their eggs it should help, although a repeat application a month later will achieve best results.

Pruning now?

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 17:03

Mo11, I'd wait, colder weather is coming in the next 7-10 days including frost. This will induce dormancy very quickly, you don't want to encourage new buds just yet. 


Dead Lawn

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 15:57

If your neighbours lawns are OK then I'd consider having a dig around and look for leather jackets as the main cause. I presume your neighbouring lawns have similar exposure to salt spray and as it initially took and grew well drainage wouldn't be an issue.


Colder weather on the way

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 15:43

For those of you interested, colder and maybe more importantly drier weather is on the way.

Wooden greenhouse or glass

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 11:45

You mean wood v aluminium. To be honest there's little difference other than the aesthetic's in my experience. Well maintained they'll both last for years. Maintenance on aluminium is lower and easier, budget wise aluminium works out cheaper as well. The growing conditions will be the same inside although some people think aluminium is slightly hotter. It's down to budget or personal preference.

Bare root agapanthus

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 11:14

Add some grit to the potting mix they don't like wet feet.

What is this please..and help? :)

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 11:11

Ficus benjamena or weeping fig. Temperamental in some houses.

Have look at the link it may help.

Out of control...

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 11:03

It's a money plant or Crassula Ovata/jade plant.

Have look at the link see if that helps.

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