Alan Braunton

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The Roses Are Here

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 16:31

All now planted all apart from Apricot Nectar yet to sent, I must say all the research and advice from you lot has been really interesting.  I will be gutted if they don't produce a really scented area next to the decking.

Sparrowhawk vrs Goldfinches

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 19:04
Dave Humby says:

They might have been scared off rather than all totally wiped out. We hang our bird feeders under the cover of trees and this seems to help as the Sparrowhawk doesn't have a straight line of attack.

In saying that I recently watched one take out one of the neighbours pet pigeons in mid-flight. Quite an eye opener. 

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Last year Dave it took out about 8 or so wild pigeons that used to visit the garden (killing ground)


The Roses Are Here

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 18:38

These are not bare rooted but in compost so hopefully will make planting easier, however Lady Hamilton has already shown her fangs by pricking me already (poor me)

Sparrowhawk vrs Goldfinches

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 18:33

Well, after have up to 15 finches this year the hawk has come in and wiped them out (no sightings for two weeks).  It's a shame but that's nature.

It was great to see it attack them however and just before contact a crow attacked the hawk knocking it to the ground.

The Roses Are Here

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 18:24

Got three bags of root stuff (cant be bothered to try and spell correctly lol)

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 18:19

I like Monty, but find the programme could benefit from a more ordinary garden approach rather than the estates with a thousand acres

The Roses Are Here

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 17:51

Arrived from David Austin about a hour ago (waited in all day).

Can anyone give me any pointers or things to watch out for:

I have :

Golden Celebration, Jubilee Celebration, Munstead Wood, Harlow Carr, Susan Williams-Ellis, Lady Emma Hamilton, Gertrude Jekyll, Apricot Nectar and bringing up the rear Graham Thomas.

Ground prepared with well rotted manure, hopefully the weather will be kind over the weekend.

Any thoughts guys 

What is this shrub

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 17:42

I agree, does it look like the Bishop's Variety.  Got them in my garden and so easy to raise from seed

First Rose Garden

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 21:08

Some random pics from a newbie

First Rose Garden

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 20:40
Marlorena says:

..what roses have you ordered?

In this corner of my garden I have 'Lichfield Angel' / 'Munstead Wood' / and 'Sir John Betjeman' interspersed with Geum 'Lady Stratheden', Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'.. Geranium 'Eureka Blue' Geranium 'Cambridge'[mauve].. Foxgloves and I like to underplant with annuals like bedding Begonias in pink and white..  

In Spring, I have Tulip 'Lady Jane' planted en masse with Veronica 'Georgia Blue'...

I hope you find this of interest...

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Apricot Nectar

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