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Green Alkanet

Posted: Today at 09:10

A couple of years ago I took over a garden similarly afflicted... It is an amazingly resilient plant. It self-seeds very readily, and I once tried to dig up a plant completely, the tap root went down over 2 feet. The roots are very brittle, you can hear them "pop" when you try to pull up the plants, and they happily regrow from root fragments. I was at first reluctant, but judicious use of a glyphoste squirter on new leaves will eventually get on top. Good luck!

Raised beds

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 08:48

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51011.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 These are gravel boards, with concrete posts. Permanent, easy to maintain, and not expensive.

Is this a Clematis?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:26

http://www.britishclematis.org.uk/Pruning.htm

Is this a Clematis?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:35

http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/pruning_clematis1.shtml

Roses, when they are not good.

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 19:17

Thank you Pansyface! I would hate to get rid of the back garden ones, but I fear the front garden are for the compost heap!

Roses, when they are not good.

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 23:22

I am having problems with roses. In my front garden they are frankly pathetic. They are quite old. They get swarmed with aphids early doors, and do not recover until mid-summer. I gave the aphids a good shower of fairy some time ago, which killed them off, but the roses did not show much enthusiasm, not much new growth and no buds. The aphids are now back, and have been given another good shampooing. I have fed and watered liberally. Next door (literally the other side of the fence) are in bloom, and they do not 'care' for their roses. The front garden may well be, underneath let us say the 3 foot of soil, rubble hard-core etc, from when my parents bought the property 50 years ago, and had it underpinned, I think that it is possible that the soil is 'leached out' (is that a thing?). With that in mind, last month, I dug up one of the roses, and planted it in a huge plastic pot with good compost, manure and topsoil, and put it back in the same hole. It is no better. There is also a magnolia in the same bed which I planted 5 years ago and is disappointing to say the least. I planted it with enormous care, lots of horse, compost etc, and even an irrigation pipe. It did flower quite well this year, but the leaves have always been crinkly, and it has not grown very much since I bought it. Is it possible that a bed can be too well drained? Should I give up on the pathetic old roses? Or on the entire bed?
Also, in the back garden I have some wonderful and very old shrub roses. I prune them severely in autumn, and they seem to 'remember' how big they are, and grow back magnificently to the same size as they were. But! (There is always a 'but') They have wonderful new growth, but the buds seem to take forever to open. The back garden roses seem to be very much less bothered by aphids, and are fed and watered. Can any of you rose experts advise me please?

 

Talkback: How to maintain a garden pond

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 08:01

I know that this is a very old thread, but I am surprised that no-one has replied to dottiesue above. So if anyone passes by, looking for an answer to her question; yes. Yes yes and yes!

Pond water is perfect for the garden and pot plants.

Why I will never Use peat free compost

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 07:41

gardenjeannie (OT) write your responses in notepad, wordpad or in a word processor first. Then you can prune, hack, spell-check add subtract etc. Then you can cut and paste your immaculate and beautiful prose in to the web forum, (loike whot i have just done) without worries that you might lose it.

Rose buds not opening.

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 21:52

Thank you both...  I have a source of mature horse poo at the bottom of the road. I think the poor old things deserve a barrow-load sometime in the not too distant future. 

Rosebuds dropping off.

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 17:11

Interesting, IIRC, they are quite clean cuts. This only happens on one bush, but I possibly have not been paying as much attention to the others. I am going out in the rain now to gather evidence.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/31212.jpeg?width=181&height=279&mode=max

 

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