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Non flowering honeysuckle

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 02:37

I've an old honeysuckle that's east facing. It has been there about 10 years. As I hike in the local park I pass loads of honeysuckle in full bloom. However, mine has no flowers at all. Is it possible it's too old? I'm thinking of cutting it down to the ground and planting in bare root rose bushes in the autumn as it's taking up loads of space and is straggly, plus it's not flowering.

do honeysuckles stop flowering as the age? Would some nice shrub roses be a suitable bush to plant in place of the honeysuckle?

thanks for the advice. 

Ideas for screening on fence

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 22:04

I have a wooden fence between my lovely neighbours and my garden. I would like to give them and me a little privacy, but not block them completely. They are great but we dont have a lot of privacy. 

I planted clematis in pots, miss Bateman, rebecca and guiding promise. 

However the first two are leggy and have just finished flowering. The small one guiding promise is more a rambling clematis and isn't really growing high. 

Im thinking of taking them all out and putting in a more effective cover. 

My current ideas are either two pyracanthus, or maybe clematis Montana or passionflower. My local garden centre tells me passionflower is like a weed and I'll never get it out if I plant it, but surely not if I put it in pots?

clematis Montana would grow better I think. And would put on a long show of flowers.

Do I need better trellis maybe to help the climbers spread out more?

i hear pyracanthus is good for wildlife?

another plant I like is star jasmine. Again my local nursery tells me it is very difficult to grow. They suggested the potato plant. 

Has as anyone any advice? I'd love a nice green cover over the fence, something that offers some privacy.... but won't take over the garden completely. 

Thanks in advance everyone.

i include pictures so you can gaze at my terrible gardening skills. Gardening is a constant trial of learning what works and what doesn't. 

Away for weekend, came back to multitude of ill plants

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 21:42

I was away home to visit an ill parent and when I came back today I didn't know where to start with problems I noticed. 

Firstly my cosmos look like the withered away over the last 36 hrs. They've been flowering away for weeks now. 

Then my scented nicotiana plug plug plants are being devoured, so I've moved them indoors by the window. 

My canna lily is being eaten , first time I've seen this with this plant.

my sweets peas look very slow to take off. 

The marjoram in my pot looks like it just withered away. 

We we had hail this evening I'm wondering if the cold is getting the sweet peas and the cosmos? Or maybe lack of water, but I doubt that, it's too quick. 

and finally my acer leaves are getting moulted looking. I wonder why.

any ideas would be great guys. It seems the whole garden is going against me all of a sudden. 

New lawn?

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 21:56

im nearly afraid to ask this question, as I think I know the answer. Builders have just relayed my patio after the previous owner had left it in poor repair. However, after over a week and a half of leaving the lawn, the creeping buttercup and the clover have completely taken over. Drainage is a huge issue around our area and my front and back lawns suffer from poor drainage . I try to keep on top of it by scarifying regularly but as the back lawn has been left for close to a fortnight the lawn looks in serious state. 

The builder has suggested running a curbing around the small lawn about a foot high. Then putting in a drainage pipe at the bottom of the lawn, covered in stones and then soil to help drainage, deturfing  the lawn , filling in with a ton of screened soil to level of the sloping lawn, and reseeding. 

He reckons it would solve lots of things. Levelling the lawn off, improving drainage and putting a nice border around the lawn to stop the speading of the grass over the curbs. 

All in all, cost wise he claims it's a small job but would make a difference. Just ton of soil. Some edging and some labour. 

Advice please.  I know the lawn looks in a terrible state but is it at the point of reseeding?

And is this a good time to plant a new lawn? 

Please be be aware that I'm very aware the lawn looks horrendous, and as any gardener would be, I'm quite frustrated already. Honest opinions greatly appreciated. 

Ive included a picture of my front lawn to show how they both normally look, when kept short and tidy. 

Last edited: 08 June 2016 22:02:41

Moving azaleas and rohodendrons

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 20:42

Thanks Dave, so I'll wait a month or so. Thank you. 

Moving azaleas and rohodendrons

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 20:19

is it a bad idea to move some low azaleas and rhododendrons now? They are getting close to flowering time. I want to move them to a north facing site where plants struggle to grow and free up some space. 

Mowing after spreading fertiliser

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 18:02

No Dave, I avoid pesticide use. But thanks, I'll leave it until the end of the week so. 

Mowing after spreading fertiliser

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 17:32

It rained all day yesterday so I took the chance to spread a little lawn fertiliser on the grass. Sun came out this afternoon, I was wondering if it's a really bad idea to run a mower over the lawn. My guess is I better wait several days. Any advice anyone. 

Dying hydrangeas

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 23:05

Looking forward to putting up pictures of nice lush hydrangea growth, thanks. 

Dying hydrangeas

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 19:21

Definitely gonna prepare the next one right. Thanks guys. 

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