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standard rose

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 18:01

Standard roses need pruning just like all other roses. Take the opportunity NOW to prune it back and even up the growth. Normally they'd have been pruned 6 weeks ago, but it's not too late, do it now, feed it and water well, it'll soon catch up. You want an even ball effect, so stand back and take a good look on a regular basis.

Problem with cats

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 17:56

Pyracantha cuttings keep them off my raised beds, they don't like the thorns.

Plant Id

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 20:11

Japanese Knot weed, destroy asap.

helleborus help please

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 20:11

Cut them back asap they're going over and clear the area around them. Helebores can suffer with a fungal disease so clearing away and allowing air to get in will help disrupt the cycle. New growth will appear, and the clearer you keep it the better for next year. 


Posted: 27/04/2015 at 20:06

Unusual for any bugs to attack an Azalea, keep it well watered with soft water (rain water) and wait, most Azalea's flower in May anyway.

Pruning Portuguese Laurel

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 21:31

Patience Johnny5, If you keep them well watered in their first year they'll reward you in year 2. Most hedging takes a year to get going, and portuguese laurel is slow to start. By year 3 you may be cursing cutting it. 

Pond water

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 21:26

I'd still let it dry, it'll be easier to handle and spread and reduce the risk of any scorching effect  it may have if it's just spread wet onto beds.

Bug house, what to put in it.

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 21:00

Have a look at the link below for idea's TC RSPB

Pond water

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 20:55

Sludge will contain plenty of nutrients for a sandy soil but won't last long, the sand won't hold them. Sandy soils need body and the only way to do that is add organic matter. It may be better to let it dry and then mix whats left with the organic matter.

How to grow Roses from cuttings

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 20:48

TC the reason that's not flowering properly and well is it isn't trained properly. You've allowed the stems to grow vertically which leads to flowers at the top and nothing below it. Climbers need to be trained laterally or at 45 degrees. You need to take about three of the longer stems and tie them in to the frame, and do it asap. Prune out the weaker growth and keep the laterally trained stems as horizontal as you can. New growth will appear from the lateral stems which will produce flowers. Once you have the frame work don't let growth come out away from the frame, keep it cut back to nothing more than 6 inches. Once you've pruned and trained it, feed it with a rose fertilizer and mulch and water it.

Oh and catch up with the last edition of GW, on BBC2, Monty Don demonstrated this exact technique perfectly, so it will make it perfectly clear.

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