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pruning a rose

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 21:04

Assuming it is not a climber or rambler, or grafted as a Standard,  prune it down to a foot from the ground in February or early March on a frost free day.  If you take it lower than that, you risk pruning below the graft and will lose the rose and just end up with rootstock.

Last edited: 23 September 2017 21:05:01

What is this the seed pod of please ?

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 20:09

Phlomis russelliana.  The stems will stand all winter and look nice frosted or covered in snow.

Lavender plugs

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 20:04

They will be tiny at the moment, so pot on into 7 cm pots of free draining gritty compost. If you can only get multipurpose compost, add some extra horticultural grit. Keep in a protected place over winter. A cold frame or cold greenhouse if you have one, or up against the house wall. Inside the house will be too warm.

ID weed

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 17:23

It looks like a clematis, maybe one of  the early flowerers such as montana.

Garden underwater

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 11:09

Sounds like a heavy clay compacted soil under the lawn. Ideal conditions for a pond. You are probably going to have to dig the lot up. My brother had a new build with turves turning up like old sandwiches. He took the lot up, rotavated a compost heap full of compost into it, removed all the rubble, and seeded. He now has a nice lawn.

Plant now or overwitner

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 11:06

Japanese anemones are bombproof. They can be planted now. The Salvia would like a free draining sandy soil, and dislikes sitting in cold wet clay, so I would overwinter, and improve the area it will go in next year.

Plant identification

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 11:02

I think it is a tree peony. It should flower in Spring.The red v shaped thing looks like a seed pod.

Last edited: 19 September 2017 11:04:28

plants for rubble

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 08:20

Is it level gravel type or is it a mound of half bricks etc.? If it is a new bungalow I would have a go athe builders. If it is large stuff like hard bricks, maybe an ad on Gumtree... Free hardcore to anyone who can collect it. They do the lifting and carrying.

Clematis Montana

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 20:47

I have one clematis montana that climbs to the top of a hawthorn tree that doesn't get pruned. Its about the height of a house.


Posted: 18/09/2017 at 14:24

If you lift them with a large rootball, and water them in well, they should survive. You may get some wilting and lose flowers.  Another month and they will be dying down anyway. When I grew from seed, I  marked the best , lifted and potted for winter, then repotted into larger pots  when they started growing. Lifting and some protection means you get earlier flowers.

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