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How to deadhead Dianthus (garden pink)

Posted: Yesterday at 15:38

Hi Hefty. Cut the faded flowers down to the base. Sounds a bit brutal but it will throw up more flowering stems. Give it a feed with some tomato fertiliser to boost it. I feed all my flowering plants with tomato feed at this time of year because I always have it in.

Removing rocky boarder

Posted: Yesterday at 15:29

Concrete might prove to be an unforgiving surface for a small person so I think your idea of the lawn is better. First task - as you say - is to clear out all of the junk. Once that has gone you can then see better what needs to be cleared. If you can use a crowbar or similar to loosen the rocks to begin with then they can be removed and stacked in an out of the way spot as they are quite expensive - and desired by gardeners who are building rockeries - and you may find a buyer for them. Then you can begin on the concrete and remove that. Its difficult to estimate the space you have available from your pictures as we are only seeing a tiny fraction. If its tiny then a lawn is perhaps not the best choice. Perhaps you could post again with some dimensions?

rosa rugosa

Posted: Yesterday at 15:15

Hi there. I have these in my garden - both pink and white - and I never dead head. They only produce one flush of flowers each year so if you were to dead head you would lose the lovely hips.


Posted: Yesterday at 14:46

You are very welcome Al and welcome also to the crazy, wonderful, absorbing world of gardening.

Broken fuchsia

Posted: Yesterday at 14:39

Hi Michelle. Well I would give it a try to see what happens. Depends how severe the split is

Any idea what persistent weed this is?

Posted: Yesterday at 12:47

Hi johnnycambs. Its one of the Hypericums, possibly Hypericum x inodorum or St John's Wort. It is a real thug if not kept under control. That one looks a bit stressed as it is struggling through your paving.

Independence Day?

Posted: Yesterday at 11:50

Hi KT. I am resisting the need to 'Quote' in this response as it has been used so liberally throughout this post of mine that I have lost the plot in trying to fathom out what on earth is being said in the first place This rain is bringing back memories of last summer when I was praying for my garden just to look dry rather than like a swamp.


Posted: Yesterday at 11:40

Hi Al15. These plants always have that tendency as the flower stems are weak. All you can do is the deadhead regularly. You could also try plant supports if they are too floppy.

Oh a little tip which you may already know but just in case..... when searching for anything online always type uk after the query and you will get the UK sites showing first. You can also look for and not .com

This does not always apply as some big UK sites are .com but its a good place to start from. I get very annoyed when I am directed to an American site hence my aforementioned tactics.

What's eating my Black eyed Suzy?

Posted: Yesterday at 10:31

Hi Sheps. Those notches resemble the typical signs of leaf cutter bee damage. They usually do that to leaves - as their name suggests - but some will do it to flowers too. My roses were attacked last year but as I am a great bee lover and the damage didn't kill my roses I was perfectly happy. Had the notches been jagged and irregular I would have said adult vine weevil damage but they wouldn't have missed out on all the tempting leaves! Please don't spray

Is my rose ok?

Posted: Yesterday at 08:27

Is it possible for you to upload a picture so that the problem can be identified? What type of rose is it? Is it still in it's pot or have you put it in the garden?

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