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Latest posts by Dave Morgan

Advice on purple sprouting broccoli

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 19:34

Yes they've gone over.

Planting out hydrangeas

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 08:14

Because it's been forced birdy, the flowers will be very early and they'll go over early. As long as you keep it well watered throughout the summer it will settle and next year the normal cycle will return. You can leave the flowers for as long as you want and prune next spring as is normal for hydrangea's 

My overgrown and abandoned garden

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 22:02

Dominoman, use google images for design idea's, it's free and there are too many to count. Take the bits you like and play with them until you settle on what you want. It can be overwhelming at first , but consider the following, you'll have kids so an area which can be converted for safe play in the future and a place for the parents to sit should be high on the list. On your plan make it into sections and link them with curved highways to each. You can put what you want in each section and in the early years you can experiment, but as children grow differing needs will arise, so be flexible as the garden can not only be an adventure it can also be a death trap to a young child, even then a garden is to be enjoyed by all, so common sense should prevail, overcautious gardens are nearly always devoid of character and beauty. You have a blank canvas, so make it yours and your families.

Red Thread Lawn

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 21:40

Have a look at the link to the RHS, pretty simple to get rid of with some effort.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=268

More plant/weed advice please

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 21:34

Looks like one of the willowherbs. Don't let them seed.

My overgrown and abandoned garden

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 17:15

Welcome dominoman, your'e in the right place. Is that bamboo still in place near the patio? If it is, get it out or you'll never be able have a stable patio. Kill off the weeds/bamboo/ground elder with SBK and take your time doing it. Find out which way your garden faces and check out how much sun, where and when. Save the plants you can dig them out and put them in a temporary bed. You may find you'd like a seating area not next to the house, depends where the best sun is. So plan ahead. Draw out a plan and decide what sort of style you'd like, if necessary get a designer to help. If you take your time now it'll save you from costly mistakes. Choosing plants and shrubs and planting them comes later as does the lawn, get the structure right first and hard landscape in first. Make it a joint effort nothing worse  than the other half not liking what you think is nice.

when to prune this mixture of hedging?

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 16:56

I had a similar problem Sam, in one of my gardens. Loads of different shrubs forming a 150m hedge. I discussed the difficulty of individual pruning with the client and we settled on a late winter pruning in February. Right now the hedge looks a picture and even though some shrubs were pruned at the wrong time there were plenty of spring flowers and the summer flowering is just coming in. I did point out  the difficulties, but the client understood the honesty and the compromise was acceptable. I find most people will understand these dilemma's if the gardener is honest about it and forthright in putting the issue on the table. That's why they employ us, we have to be able to justify our decisions based on knowledge and we should have more than the client.

Verbascum question

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 09:05

Yes you can cut the flower spike down,you may or may not get it to flower again. Mine don't, but you may be lucky. 

Lonicera Japonica 'Halliana'

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 17:46

You can cut it back to knee height. If you want it to get to 5m then it'll need some support to get to that height. At the moment there doesn't appear to be any. Hard pruning can be done now, but better in spring, so I'd take out half of it, give it some support and keep it well watered. Flowering will be later but that's the price you pay. Honeysuckle rarely needs feeding but give it a small boost with some fish,bone and blood. You should see a significant improvement.

Lonicera Japonica 'Halliana'

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 16:45

Well whoever you asked was right. Honeysuckle goes leggy if it's not pruned. A good soaking once a week and you'll get new growth. Although it doesn't look bad, I'd suspect it isn't getting enough water, otherwise it would be twice that size.

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