Fences aren't good for wildlife. No contest. Why rock the boat. Privet needs one cut a year and will outlast a fence which needs regular maintenance and lasts 10 if you're lucky. If the privet isn't tall enough to give privacy let it grow. The obsession with fencing is a proper gardeners nightmare.
Well, some of your choices have just finished flowering and gone over. If you used MPC to fill the beds I'd guess the bed is waterlogged to an extent. Pure soil would have been a better choice. Your phlox looks OK but theyre pretty indestructible. If you want a perennial display then you need to choose a range of plants that flower in succession and overlapping. To be brutally honest you haven't chosen well. Sorry.
Imyk you can make a start in tidying it up now. There's quite a bit of dead wood there which needs pruning out. That'll create space and allow air into the base. Then you can actually see what you're doing in spring. An outward facing leaf joint is a leaf facing away from the centre of the rose.
Sounds like apple scab.
Have a look at this link.
Christine you DONT dead head them till spring. That head will protect next year's flower buds from frost and rain damage over winter. Please leave them.
Well I'm not going to comment.
Last time I did I got suspended.
But I'm not using the forum as much either.
This is directed at all of you who grow apples. I'm increasingly seeing rust like spots on apple tree leaves. Both in person and through other online groups. The RHS don't offer any advice on rust on apple trees and don't even list it as something that can affect UK apple trees. All I see is US sites with apple rust problems. How many of you have noticed similar outbreaks on your apples.
Honeysuckle and pots don't really go together, sorry, they like a deep cool root run as do clematis so if that's in a pot as well that'll be the !most likely cause. There are some clematis which will grow in pots so it may be better to try one of them.
None of you are alone, too much rain not enough frost. I'm considering only doing spring planting garlic from now on.
Nut you're on the nail as usual. Got one in my garden.