Alina W

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 13:09

Light rain here. I don't mind at all, we could do with it after the hot spell.

Will my rose bush ever flower?

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 11:01

As Geoff says, if it has rooted it certainly will.

However, they do take a long time to start growing properly - they need to be left undisturbed for about a year, so you do need to be patient.

Sweet Peas

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 21:37

Cupani is a small sweet pea, only about 4-5', so you should have no trouble with that. For the others, I don't see why you took out the side shoots? That will give you bigger flowers, but fewer of them. If you want more flowers, keep the multiple stems.

Height - they grow naturally to about 8'. If you take out the growing tip, that will slow them down, but they will still keep growing. Why not train them horizontally?

help with dug up spring bulbs

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 12:52

You may as well re-plant them as try and store them. Depending on the number of leaves that you removed, the bulbs may not flower next year, but they will be OK the year after if you allow them to die back naturally - and confiscate your daughter's trowel! 

Talkback: Scented plants and memory

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 12:08

Pelargoniums remind me of my mother, she loved them. I also remember a large scented pelargonium that she had - it eventually went because the smell became too strong!

Flippin' pigeons

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 12:03

The sticks are right, Flobear. I keep my broken bamboos and trim them to 12" lengths. Then, when I plant new small plants out, I push one in next to each one. It stops the pigeons trundling over the plants, or getting anywhere near them - works and absolute treat.

can anyone recommend a pH meter + acidifcation method

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 11:31

Are you sure that this is the problem if they're in pots of ericaceous soil? The soil doesn't cease to be acidic - or are you watering with hard water rather than rainwater? Try watering with sequestrine of iron, ferrous sulphate as a foliar feed is unlikely to work. The bushes don't need acid, they need the normal nutrients from soil which they cannot absorb if the soil is alkaline.

Flippin' pigeons

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 11:24

I wish, Bookertoo - they drive me potty, too!

They're so stubborn - we exclude them from the bird table by simply making it too small for them to fit into, but they still insist on sitting around it hopefully - grrrrr!

help with dug up spring bulbs

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 10:03

Sorry, ignore my last post, I can't edit it.

Yes, put them straight back in the ground, especially if the leaves haven't finished dying back yet.

help with dug up spring bulbs

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 09:59

I'm not sure why the OP dug them up in the first place if she's happy to re-plant straight away?

Anyway, worth mentioning that snowdrops should never be left out of the ground or they'll dry up and die.

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