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Dave Morgan

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Posted: 04/07/2014 at 23:01

Roses are hungry beasts and don't like competition. I go for varieties that can go in a mixed border, but even then I still feed them copiously and water frequently.


Posted: 04/07/2014 at 22:55

Possibly black spot, a fungal disease. Increase the ventilation around the rose, feed water and mulch it quite thickly, remove any affected leaves and spray with a fungicide. It is unfortunately a good year for black spot on roses we didn't have enough frost to kill the spores. Also spray the ground around the rose. 

Echinacea and hydrangea problems

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 12:15

Echinacea are generally trouble free, but I would change the compost to a mixture of compost and sharp sand/ grit as they like free drainage. Check for aphids as well and if present spray with dilute washing up liquid.

As for the hydrangea, although they like a moist soil, it still needs reasonable drainage, so add a bit of grit to the compost and change the top 2 inches of compost every year and feed it as well, a bigger pot would help as well.

Broad beans

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 10:47

You normally blanch them for a 2 mins or less then freeze on a tray. It's easier to skin the beans after blanching as well. Not everybody skins them, but I find they taste better without the skin.

Hanging baskets

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 10:38

Welcome Joanli, you'll get plenty of help here so feel free to ask away.

Yes you can add to the basket, some times baskets develop at different speeds so you may find another few weeks will see the plants catch up, but adding more won't hurt as long as it's well fed and watered.

Crocosmia Lucifer

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 22:24

No flowers in Wales yet.

finding it hard to level out soil for grass seed.

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 18:29

My tip, water it and let it settle for a week. Doesn't matter how good you think you get it you'll still have lumps and bumps, that's why the advice of leaving it till the Autumn to top dress a seeded lawn is there. That way you can see the dips and top dress accordingly. I defy anyone to get it perfect first time.

How the Americans see us!

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 10:01

artjak, you need to copy and paste it, busy, I've been to what Americans call a garden centre. It was full of the latest gadgets and tools and very short on plants! I was quite stunned and asked my sister if they were all like this, she said they were.

I know much of America has very different weather conditions to those we are reasonably blessed with over here, extreme's of heat, humidity cold etc, but as nearly all of us gardeners know you work with your conditions and even in the most difficult conditions great gardens can be created.

I do believe they have. different priorities in life, and taking time to smell the roses isn't one of them. 

How the Americans see us!

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 20:33

Many Americans envy deeply the British Garden. Even suburban gardens like many of us have are the envy of the average American. My sister who has lived in America for many years always comments on the beauty of many average gardens, even some downright scruffy gardens, saying she wished her and her neighbours could replicate some of the gardens us average gardeners create.

I know there are many gardeners in the US, but I believe we, the British have a different attitude to our gardens.

Wealth isn't the key as in the article, it's passion and patience.

We are different to the US in many ways, as anyone who has been there knows only too well.

We are a patient people, and that is a quality lacking in much of America.

Don't get me wrong I admire much in America, but their attitude of now not later contradicts the very key qualities every good gardener needs.

It's only my opinion, but I know what I know.

lilac hedge

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 11:40

Take it in small steps elizabeth, one tree at a time. Lilac can take a hard prune, you lose flowers for one year but a hard prune will be of benefit with better shape and better flowering the year after next. Containing it isn't an option, the only solution is hard pruning and repeated removal of the suckers.  

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Hold in invasive roots 
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