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Best climbing rose?

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 14:34

Ah yes! New Dawn is rather lovely. Will put that on my list of possible, thanks.

Best climbing rose?

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 08:15

Thanks, obelixx. As it happens I have Generous Gardener on the north facing wall of my house. Maybe not the ideal spot (though I did lots of research before buying) as the blooms, though lovely, tend to be a bit 'flollopy' lower down; better and more open near the top. I used a proprietary rose feed this year, will take your advice and give it a good mulch in autumn.

Best climbing rose?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 19:39

I love David Austin roses but not all of them do well on my rather dry soil. The ones that do have such gorgeous, heavy blooms that they tend to hang down on their rather spindly stems! Can anyone recommend a rose that's suitable for a west facing 6ft high fence (north facing garden). Preferably pale pink or peachy coloured, and scent is really important! 

Rounding up the slugs

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 07:30

I find early morning and near dusk are the best times to go slug hunting. I thought I'd found loads using the manual method, but having resorted to judicious use of non-methaldeyhide pellets I'm amazed at how many more there are. I guess they live in the soil and emerge when we're not looking? It's a good idea to sprinkle the pellets not just around precious plants but also in the dark, dank places where they hide, like under hedges, plant pots and so on.

Rounding up the slugs

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 09:01

Sorry, pressed send button by mistake. Hope the frogs don't eat the poisoned slugs. Main thing to worry about is dogs, they really are dumb enough to eat slug pellets. Apparently one pellet per square yard is enough to be effective, no need to chuck them around in great piles like some of the old boys down at the allotment do...

Rounding up the slugs

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 08:57

Aym280, I'm glad it's not just me that's been plagued with SSs this year. Couple of weeks back, it was so bad with black slugs, it was like The Birds, only with...slugs. Tried dropping them into a bucket of salty water, won't do that again, it doesn't kill them instantly, some were crawling out the bucket. Then there's the disgusting remains to dispose of... Have gone back to stamping on any snails I find, always say sorry as I do so 😇 and black slugs I chop in half. Plus using these amazing slug pellets, sparingly and judiciously. Weirdly, next morning I find other slugs apparently eating the slimy remains. Eugh, this all getting too grisly, not to mention time consuming. I too agree that nematodes are the best solution, a friend used them last year and has seen very few SSs since. They are expensive though, when you have a big garden to cover.

I've never seen birds eat slugs, dead or alive. I've seen little toads in my garden tho', hope 

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Rounding up the slugs

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 19:04

I've killed so many slugs and snails in my garden this year (especially since I discovered slug pellets called Eraza - OMG, there's piles of bodies everywhere!) that I'm actually starting to feel pangs of guilt! Everything in nature has a purpose, so I'm just waiting for Chris Packham or someone of that ilk to tell me that slugs and snails are good for the soil ecology or something...

Slug explosion

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 08:06

Linda Fairweather, they were probably tossed over the fence by your neighbour, LOL.

Woody Lavender

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 00:16

I wouldn't cut back into the old wood, but cut back as far as the lowest live buds You can see. you say they're tall - are they getting enough light? The more sunlight the better for lavenders. May have outgrown their pots too? 

Advice needed

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 18:12

What a lovely thing to do! How big is the garden to be? I'm guessing it'll have to be wheelchair friendly, so maybe some raised beds could be incorporated. Maybe get the kids involved in the design of the garden too. Planting veggies and herbs will provide good educational/cooking angle for the kids. Small trees, arches, arbours etc with climbers scrambling up them will add height - something often overlooked when designing a garden. A pond would be great for bringing in wildlife. It can be really small and shallow (don't want kids or animals drowning) but it's amazing how quickly frogs, damsel flies etc appear. 

Re hedging, how about using wild roses (think they're called guelder roses?) they usually have pink flowers, sometimes white, with a wonderful scent. Or a mix of native hedging - hawthorn etc. Great for birds and insects, don't need regular trimming, and the rose thorns might help keep rabbits at bay (though no doubt the elf and safety lot will deem them to be too dangerous for kids. The thorns I mean, not the wabbits).

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