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Talkback: Rose rust

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 16:27
I know the weather is crazy but I cannot believe that a rose bush that was perfectly healthy in October now has raging rust! Its a small patio rose TG not near any others but is it too late in the season to give it a serious prune? I did prune it in Oct but now has lots of new leaf growth - go figure! Any ideas folks? Its a lovely little rose and I don't want to lose it but am worried the fungus will spread.

Indoor fucshia - really?

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 20:30

I read about this one quite a while back and as I haven't got round to the necessary cutting back etc have decided to bring my trailing fuschias in and overwinter them in my back bedroom,.  I did see a photo where someone had grown the fuschias and trained them to go round the window, then cut them back in about Feb to let them rest before putting them out in April/May.  If I hadn't seen water in the plant saucers I would have been convinced they were artificial but it was obvious they were real.  Has anyone ever tried this?

Talkback: How to make willow plant supports

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 20:25
This is an idea I have never thought of and as a florist used to thinking "outside the box" that worries me - how many other good tricks have I missed along the way? Good winter project for wet Saturdays when I can't get into the garden!


Posted: 22/10/2013 at 19:58

I had a similar experience last year and with the winter we had, as bare roots the leaf mulch I put down around some protected them, those I didn't get to in time died.  Maybe a dressing of bark mulch in case we get the promised bad winter - just an idea



Posted: 18/10/2013 at 20:05

I bought some hostas about 4 years ago and put round my pond - reading above I really wish I had split them earlier because I think they MAY be a little tricky - biggest one is 3 ft in circumfrence.  Oops.  As I am doing it single handedly it will be an (erm... challenging) experience.  Oh well its going to rain so at least the soil will be easy to dig!


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 19:58

Casserole sounds proper job!  I would happily plant crocus/montbretia if I thought that would stop the beasts decimating my

rose buds

peony buds




AND the bird feeder. 

Trouble is, the one on the dark side encourages them with peanuts so I have no hope - war in the garden!   Have to say got the shock of my life when I saw one chomping into a rose bud - always wondered why it never flowered (its against a fence).

Foxglove babies

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 20:54

Thank you all so much I can now plant them out at the weekend without fear!  Glad you were here to help.

Oops I'm in the dog house

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 20:34

Sarah I know what you mean - I must have every bird in the neighbourhood visiting and its costing a small mortgage but so worth it to know I am helping keep the odd endangered species going.  My property is near a marsh area so I get such a wonderful variety that it is an expenditure I don't mind, but I also spend far too much on my garden, usually end up giving the plants away after a season as I realise they will never be happy there.  A lot of it seems to come under the heading of "it seemed a good idea at the time".   One day I will win the lottery and get a landscaper in to do it right!


As far as tools go I just stick with the mantra - they don't make em like they used to!



Foxglove babies

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 20:27

This summer I planted some foxglove seeds and they have thrived with the odd exception - I now hear we are expecting a severely ccccooooldd  winter and am worried they will not overwinter to flower next summer.  I believe they are perennials so if I plant them out now while it is mild, will a layer of leaves protect them enough to allow the roots to keep growing and have a successful show next year or have I completely messed up!

Viola and pansy seeds

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 21:00

Oh yes one more thing - seeds collected from plants you grow rarely grow exactly to type - the colour and so on may vary but should be just as beautiful.  Good luck!

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Indoor fucshia - really?

Growing a trailing fuschia indoors for the winter 
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