Latest posts by Alko

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Rambling Rose

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 18:07

My husband and I were given a rambling rose as a gift about 3 or 4 years ago. I think it's a Phyllis Bide. We only collected it last year as prior to that we had no garden and very little space, so it was sitting in a smallish pot for quite a while. I planted it in our border in the autumn and gave it a really heavy pruning, which might have been a bit too brutal looking back. It was really difficult to handle so I got the branches out of the way so I wouldn't get too many scratches.

Anyway, come spring when all the other roses started getting leafy this one seemed really delayed. It tried to produce a leaf bud towards the top of the branch on the left but after a couple of months the bud just withered and never came to anything. The original branches emerging from the root ball are purple and wooden looking, so I don't think they're healthy. As you can see there is a branch that's shot out from towards the bottom of the branch on the this healthy or does it look like a sucker to you? How do you tell? It just suddenly shot up and looks a bit silly on its own.

Is there anything I can do to get some more branches and leaves growing? Also, should the top of the root ball be under the soil or not? I'm sure I buried it beneath the soil as that's what the care instructions said but I'm wondering whether I misread it.

I know so little about roses. Any help would be greatly appreciated!  




No blossom or magnolia flowers

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 18:17

Ah, sounds like I'm being impatient! Thought I might be. Thanks.


Garden Maniac, if your magnolia has buds then surely that's a good sign. Fingers crossed anyway.

No blossom or magnolia flowers

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 18:39

I planted a couple of trees last autumn and was looking forward to some flowers this spring but unfortunately I've had absolutely zilch from them. The trees I planted were a magnolia 'Heaven Scent' and a blossoming cherry 'Prunus 'Kanzan'' I've attached some photos of how they're looking at the moment:

Both have new growth and look healthy enough. As you can see from the photo, the cherry looked like it tried to blossom but has offered some extremely pathetic, dark, bedraggled looking 'flowers'.

Am I being too harsh on them and expecting too much too soon? Is this possibly a result of the horrendous winter we had or is this normal with young trees? When the blossoming cherry was bought last year it still had some of its pale pink, pretty flowers left over so I'm disappointed it's offered nothing this year.





Posted: 02/02/2013 at 19:22

I have a Lavatera 'Barnsley Baby' in my garden and the flowers were beautiful when it last bloomed. I bought it for about £2.00 from Morrisons last summer. It soon grew! 

Ruined lawn with too much grass seed?

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 19:43

I think I may have used too much grass seed when sowing my new lawn from scratch. The seed was put down in April and the lawn quickly grew to become thick and lush. However, over the last couple of months it has started going very brown and bare in areas. The garden is very sheltered and we've had plenty of rain so I don't think it's due to being too dry. I've read that if you put down too much seed the roots become too competitive and bits die off. Frustratingly, I can't find any information on how to resolve this. I know that raking away the dead grass and using a fork to improve drainage is always a good idea (particularly since we've got heavy, clay soil), but is there anything else I can do?

Californian Poppies

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 00:50

Ah, whoops...I'll go out tomorrow and save them if it doesn't pelt it down with hail all day! Thank you for the advice!

Californian Poppies

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 19:00

Ok then, that I can do! Thanks very much.

Californian Poppies

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 10:34

I sowed some californian poppy seeds last month and I noticed yesterday that they've developed into little seedlings. Will these be ok to be left where they are throughout the winter or will I need to protect them?

Magnolia and blossom trees

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 19:31

Hmm, sounds like I don't have to do a lot...that's what I like to hear!  Thanks for the feedback!

Magnolia and blossom trees

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 21:02

Hello. I planted a young magnolia tree and a blossom tree in my garden in the spring. They've come on leaps and bounds and I'm pleased with their progress. Now autumn is pretty much here, I'm just wondering whether there's anything I should be doing to prepare them for winter. Do I need to prepare/protect them or can I just leave them to it?

Also, my magnolia is fairly small still and resembles a bush rather than a tree. Will I need to shape it at all? It doesn't have a trunk, it just looks like upright twigs with leaves on at the moment!

Any advice greatly appreciated.

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