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pruning overgrown roses

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 11:38

It sounds like you have short climbers. To keep them shorter you need to prune them as though they were bush roses, by hard pruning in spring.

Have a look at the youtube video below, it's easy to follow and really quite simple.

Pruning climbing roses and clematis

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 11:32

You can hard prune both clematis, they actually enjoy a hard prune and as long as you give them a good mulch after pruning they will shoot away next spring. My montana was done late last year and has come back to half the size this year alone. So don't worry about them. 

As for the rose, have a look at the youtube video below, it's very good and suits any climbing rose.

Seed cabinet

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 23:48

You can get seed storage boxes at crocus.

Personally I just use a sweet tin.


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 23:32

Yes or you can just let them die back, your choice.

Can someone tell me when's it's best to hard prune a lilac?

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 10:28

I'd do it in late march/april when the weather begins to improve. If it's cut back hard you'll get new growth pretty quickly. This coming winter is forecast as being very cold, so pruning now would cause more damage and risk losing it.


Posted: 10/10/2014 at 10:24

Have you tried an independent hardware shop?

Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 21:52

A pallet knife or decorating knife using the side of the blade does a good job. It's a hands and knees job but very effective. Even and old kitchen knife will do.


Posted: 09/10/2014 at 21:43

What type of begonia is it fibrous or tuberous? Or is this a question set by a teacher who knows nothing about gardening?

Clematis & Jasmine

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 21:38

You don't say what type of jasmine it is. As for the clematis if it's sheltered you can prune now especially if it's died right back to brown stems, and yes then mulch it heavily to protect it overwinter. Once you tell us which type of jasmine it is, then the advice will follow.

wooden planter

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 19:00

That's easy to cost. It's the cost of a bag of 1 1/2 inch screws and use pallets for the wood. Basically free. If you put that forward as your answer, can't be anything other than correct and environmentally friendly.

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