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David Austen Rose - white bobbles on some branches

Posted: 20/02/2012 at 15:08

Help.  I have a David Austen Gertrude Jekyl rose and have planted it into my new garden.  It has some white bobbles on it.  I am keen to keep this as you know they are not cheap roses and I bought it for the beauty and the scent of it.  Any ideas?


Posted: 20/02/2012 at 14:47

this happens on the patch where my mum and dad live in Cyprus.  she has to plant into pots as the cats use the ground as their toilet (she has tried all sorts to stop this and now all the ground is covered in big stone) but her loveliest pots are swiped in the night.  this really annoys her as the plants are not cheap over there.  I too get upset if my plants get damaged by stray balls, dogs etc.  I had a fella come and chop the hedge for me and whilst there I asked him to cut a few plants back.  He obviously didnt know what he was doing as he chopped my wisteria to a foot in height.  I had it planted in a metal bin so I could take it with me when I moved....needless to say, it stayed at the old house. 

Get thrifty

Posted: 20/02/2012 at 14:41

i go to my local craft shop and buy lollipop sticks.  I use these to identify my seeds and plants around the garden.  I usually get 50 for less than a pound.  I also use toilet roll holders to plant up my sweet peas - lets them have a good root run


Posted: 12/02/2012 at 10:54

My advice is try the easy things first.  Usually tried and tested to be easy.  Dont spend too much trying everything because in my experience, it all becomes too much and you are overfaced with it all.  We have had courgettes, carrotts in pots/planters, tomatoes, potatoes in tubs and herbs.  All very successful.  This has boosted the confidence to try some others.  Last year we had kohl rabi and the pigoens had cabbage, cauliflower and celeriac not to mention the beetroot..... We did have some beans but there werent that many.  I would rather have success at a few than lose most because either I cant afford all the different ways to stop the pesky pigeons or because its too dry or I havent had enough time..... so to sum up:

try easy to grow veg to get some confidence

build up the knowledge and the skills base

dont try everything at once

and most of all enjoy watching your produce grow and enjoy picking it fresh to eat

good luck

Talkback: How to make a wooden planter

Posted: 12/02/2012 at 10:38
would love one of these for my herb garden...

Talkback: How to make a pebble mosaic path

Posted: 12/02/2012 at 10:34
am going to make some of these using colored glass, marbles and mirror and then hanging them on the side of the garage as my very own wall art...

Plotting where the sun is going to shine

Posted: 24/01/2012 at 19:35

a few years ago I saw a an article with regards to being able to plot where the sun will be in your garden.

having just moved into a new property in december 11, i dont know where and how much sunshine I will get in the garden.  I want to put in a seating area but want optimum sunshine. there is a garage on one side and this will cast a shadow (this much I know) but does anyone know where I can find that article or know of a website that will help with it. 

I have brought a lot of plants/cuttngs from my old house and want to ensure that these are planted in the right place.

any ideas anyone?

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