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Dave Morgan

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David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 19:18

Bare root direct from DA take a few years to establish in my experience. The potted roses sold in GC's are better value in my opinion. However, I'm increasingly finding many GC's don't either prune or look after their roses properly. So I dig about, find the worst looking rose and knowing I can rescue it ask for a discount at the till. If they don't say yes I leave it. DA's customer service needs a firm hand, being polite about it doesn't work very well on the whole, they do need to improve substantially. They do advertise, 'plant now for glorious summer blooms'. Well that rarely happens with bare root, it takes two years minimum. However once they really establish then they are worth the money. But shop around many of his roses are available elsewhere and cheaper too. 

Last plot help please

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 17:15

You're right on the last two, although which variety they are you'll have to wait for the flowers. You may be right with the campanula, close ups are better on here. The other one could be either agapanthus or bluebell. For plant ID's on the forum, its best to title the thread as an I'd then get good close up pics and number them for reference. You can then go back and check your posts if you forget them. You may want to check how deep the soil is in that bed before considering any shrub going in there, and weigela can get to about 8ft depending on variety.

This crazy climate

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 15:59

A lot of wildlife has been as confused as we are over the weather this year. It's going to get colder next week so it should put them off getting those spring feelings poor things. I wish I could feed birds, we have too many cats around here for it to be safe for them.

Last plot help please

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 15:05

Liz, ID what you have first, take pics and post them, they'll be ID'd in a day or so.


Posted: 06/01/2016 at 15:01

Depends on the weather Valerie. It's going to get a lot colder shortly bit just how cold they don't know yet or for how long. 

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.


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