London (change)

Dave Morgan

Latest posts by Dave Morgan

Can I repot a honeysuckle?

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 09:18

In general honeysuckle is better off in the ground Sparkles. They like a deep cool root run. Large pots can work, but they need constant watering as this prevents powdery mildew. Bit like clematis cool and moist at the roots, head in the sun.

Fucshia Plant

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 15:41

Most look dead about now Lynn. If it's a hardy fuchsia scratch the bark and see if it's green underneath, you can cut them back now if it's not too cold and new growth will follow when it warms up. If they're tender they should be in a GH or cold frame. You can cut them back as well. Again scratch the bark if it's green they'll come back in time. If you're in a rather cold part of the country I'd leave it a few more weeks before cutting back, winter isn't over yet.


Posted: 22/02/2016 at 20:33

Rosemummy, that rambler can get to 20ft! So an oblelix unless it's a big one won't suit really. It'd be better on a fence/wall if you can. Have to be a pretty big arch as well. You might get away with an arch but you'll be permanently winding in new stems though and that will hurt, trust me, got scratched to bits today with an unruly rambler!

best way to level garden and aid drainage on clay soil

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 22:10

If the garden is that badly drained you need to consider approaching the builders again and asking them to install land drains in the garden. If you can't enjoy your garden all year round due to drainage problems it may be worth consulting your solicitors. Builders seem to cut and run when it comes to gardens which often is costly to fix. Builders get permission to build in inappropriate areas enough as it is. Being close to a river isn't ideal place to build in light of recent years weather. There's no easy fix and adding topsoil won't work on its own. The underlying clay is the problem and if the water has nowhere to go it just sits there. 

invasive plant in my new garden

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 21:28

Janet it is willow herb. It comes out easily enough with a hand fork. Unfortunately it seeds prolifically so it will take several years to get rid of it. Now is a good time to get them out as most have already germinated. No easy solution I'm afraid.

Agapanthus seedlings

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 14:44

Remove the lid katvet and leave them alone for now, don't over water. It may be worth searching the GH for snails as well.

Moving a Cistus

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 14:37

I have about six different Cistus Meomye and they do move without much fuss in my experience. I prefer to do it in autumn and as long as the drainage is right they don't seem to complain. I cut them back quite hard after moving and so far it's always worked. They strike fairly easily from cuttings so I always have a few back ups in case one dies off. They make quite large shrubs after about 2 years. Again sun and very good drainage is the key especially as they get over 2yrs old. Cuttings get a bit more moisture in a nursery bed for the first year and this seems to suit them. Cuttings are best taken as softwood/semi hardwood cuttings in late spring and summer. 


Posted: 20/02/2016 at 12:31

Lou, always look at the reviewers before buying, it does make a difference. It's the usual story some good some not so.

Garden Planning

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 21:15

Which direction does the purple area face Ankit? Secondly you have trees in the beds and saplings in the yellow area and a hedge in the red area. The trees, saplings and hedge will all out compete what ever you decide to plant. Your choices must take these things into account. If you can get the saplings out then do so now. 

Salvia "Amistad"

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 18:49

Ooh don't temp me, I'm a sucker for a good salvia!

Discussions started by Dave Morgan

Small tree ID please

Replies: 2    Views: 193
Last Post: 16/05/2016 at 19:26

I won't be using the forum for a while

Replies: 24    Views: 922
Last Post: 10/05/2016 at 11:33

Awful new format for forum

Replies: 78    Views: 1771
Last Post: 10/05/2016 at 11:37

A way to attract slugs

Replies: 18    Views: 420
Last Post: 03/05/2016 at 12:21

Best potting mix for Crinum

Replies: 0    Views: 103
Last Post: 29/04/2016 at 11:50

Heliotrope Pet danger

Replies: 4    Views: 266
Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 16:56

Plant ID

Any ideas? 
Replies: 3    Views: 240
Last Post: 15/04/2016 at 15:02

Petition to stop cancelling GW

Replies: 101    Views: 6089
Last Post: Yesterday at 00:09

Citrus resurrection

Replies: 3    Views: 249
Last Post: 27/03/2016 at 09:33

Shrub ID

Replies: 13    Views: 365
Last Post: 18/03/2016 at 15:02

ID please

Replies: 9    Views: 529
Last Post: 25/01/2016 at 21:28

Colder weather on the way

Replies: 1    Views: 474
Last Post: 05/01/2016 at 17:03

Shrub ID please

Replies: 9    Views: 667
Last Post: 02/11/2015 at 21:38

Shrub ID please

Replies: 13    Views: 886
Last Post: 02/10/2015 at 23:10

Shrub/Tree ID please

Replies: 10    Views: 668
Last Post: 26/09/2015 at 10:10
1 to 15 of 36 threads