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Dave Morgan

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pergola - wisteria or clematis?

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 23:07

Try the large flowered clematis, you'll get two shows of flowers and they can look quite spectacular, just right for arches, or through a climbing rose, lovely display.

pergola - wisteria or clematis?

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 17:44

Wisteria needs a large sunny wall really, they can go to 9 metres. You can train them on pergola's and they can look very good, it depends on the size of the pergola, the bigger the pergola the better wisteria look. If it a small pergola, I'd go for clematis instead.

The greenhouse

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 17:37

Yes now and give the glass a wash and disinfect. It may still get cold at some point, so this week coming is ideal.

nicotiana sowing

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 17:33

They're half hardy annuals, so sow indoors, most are hybrids so they won't come true if you save the seed, I'd treat them as annuals really, good for one season, but after that buy new seed. Go to one of the seed supplier websites and look them up, there are full instructions on sowing there. They're usually on the packet as well.


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 17:27

You look to have Bay in one of the pics, rhubarb next to the raspberry canes, you may have one of the cistus and one campanula as well, but as dove says' they won't enlarge, so it's difficult.

Dead lawn

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 11:13

You may well have overfed the lawn from what you say. Over feeding produces lots of lush growth and weak root growth.

The wet conditions we have had will have weakened the roots.

Laying a new lawn on top of what was basically a building site is asking for trouble as the soil will contain too much building waste.

Builders aren't gardeners usually.

I would give it a few weeks, especially now the weather has improved, but if the lawn doesn't recover, I'd be tempted to start again.

In the how to section there are plenty of instructions on getting a new lawn started.

You may have to dig the whole lot and remove the rubble, and improve the soil at the same time.

There's plenty of advice available here, so you will get plenty of help.

Can any one identify this plant and give basic care info

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 11:03

Hebe, they are very robust and need little attention till they become leggy. Maybe remove the weeds and mulch with gravel or some bark. As its potted a top dressing with a general purpose fertilizer, it should be fine where it is.

Awkward Soil Patch

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 11:00

Any of the lavenders would like those conditions, and they will bush up and fill the gap, plus provide nectar.

Running before I can walk and need some help!!

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 22:10

Tracy you can use a pallet for a cheap cold frame, very easy to build the lid is the only cost, unless you can scrounge some old windows from somewhere. All my cold frames are home built and being wood the insulating properties are very good. it's worth a try as most commercially available frames are between £30 and £40 quid for a standard 1000 x 500mm.

New Gardener I am

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 22:04

Considering the humidity you get over there, just make sure your herbs are in well drained soil, the combination of heat and dryish soil is perfect for herbs.

Discussions started by Dave Morgan

Clematis for a dry bank

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Peach for fan traing

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Colder weather is coming!

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Invasive roots from a neighbours garden

Can I remove invasive roots from my garden, 
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Hold in invasive roots 
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