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Plant identification

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 13:34

Can you do a close up of the leaves to give us a better chance?

Looks to me like it needs to be released from that cane and trained over wires or a trellis panel if it's intended to cover that fence.  It needs something to cling to for support.

Saving Rosa 'New Dawn'

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 13:32

Have you fed it at all?  Rose are hungry plants and should be given a generous dollop of slow release rose fertiliser or tomato feed every spring.   Being close to a wall may also mean it is thirsty so make sure it gets a good drink with occasional feeds of liquid tomato food between March and late June.   This should help it grow strongly and fight off diseases.

As for restorative pruning, the RHS has this "how and when" advice for climbing roses:-


salvia - hotlips

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 11:19

No, sorry.   Mine is mostly red this year after being a mix of red, white and red with white last year.   Maybe all down to temps or water or feed?

I plunge my two in the greenhouse to keep them safe over winter and it was so cold and wet till mid July I left them in there and they've grown rather large.  I shall have to cut them quite hard to lift them out now so lots of cuttings material.

Would be interested if anyone has a theory about the flower colour changes.

Last edited: 23 July 2016 11:19:43


Posted: 22/07/2016 at 23:09

We were supposed to have a few showers around midday........   Nothing.   Waited all afternoon as I need to spray a bindweedy patch.  Still nothing.   Deicided to meet Possum and buy her some new tops in the sales.   Still no rain.

Eating dinner and there was an almighty clap of thunder right over the house which made us all jump and sent Bonzo doggy diving under all our feet and then a long and heavy downpour with more rumbling.   There I was thinking the last few hot dry days were good for drying up slugs and here they'll all be rehydrated again.

Liri - good to catch up with family.

Topbird - have you tried a dry garden à la Beth Chatto?   Hers is stunning.   Some pics here - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/media/160527%20Beth%20Chatto%20-%20Essex/P1190401_zpstt08sas3.jpg.html?sort=2&o=0 

Feeding Wisteria

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 22:51

Make sure you prune it properly too.   Hope it works as the flowers are lovely and have good perfume too.

Last edited: 22 July 2016 22:52:02

My clematis Richard's Picotee

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 22:49

That is just gorgeous.

Bumpy and uneven grass

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 20:13

I think you'd need to "suck it and see".  Depends on how hard and dry the soil is and how powerful is the rotavator.  If it's moist and soft the rotavator should be fine.  If it is dry, give it a good soak tonight. 

Confused with clematis

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 20:09

I agree.  Nothing like my Etoile Violette which is darker and usually has more than 4 tepals per flower.

Last edited: 22 July 2016 20:10:21

Vanilla Fraise Hydrangea - Needing support?

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 20:07

If it's being knocked about by your kids either it's in the wrong place - too near their play area - or they need to learn to keep on the grass and off the beds.   If it's in the wrong place, wait till autumn to move it when it is dormant so it doesn't get a shock and its roots have time to recover and develop over winter.

That said, young plants can need extra support till they mature and, in addition, this is a plant that is pruned back every spring to encourage new growth and bushiness as it flowers on new stems.  Verdun posted on another thread that it helps to cut the old stems half back and not all the way back so the plant doesn't droop under the weight of the flowers.

Bumpy and uneven grass

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 18:45

How steep a slope and how big is the lawn and which way does it face and where are you?  It all makes a difference.   There are different grass mixes suited to different situations and uses and some situations which will never produce a good sward and need another approach.

If you have moss you have a drainage problem or maybe just lack of light so maybe the best thing is to dig it over - hire a rotavator for a day? - and then add some grit and sharp sand and well rotted compost to improve the soil and then rake it all level and sow new seed suited to your situation in September.

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