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Rose pruning

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 09:33
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 Tracey, I've been pruning roses for years, but not always very well! This year I have a metal problem as the roses are shooting and making leaves earlier than usual and I'm having problems cutting them off when they should be cut off. Too soft hearted perhaps, but have to grit teeth and get on with it!

How do you cut off something that looks like this? But you will get better flowers if you do.

When we say 3rd bud it means that is where the leaves grow out. If the bud hasn't started growing you should be able to see a little line, maybe with a slight bump, on the stem where the leaves will start growing. 

Again the photo isn't where I put it, trying to edit, but it won't budge!

 

 

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 09:16

Morning all. Raining. Glad I did gardening yesterday. But the forecast for the next few days is better than they had said it would be.

Happy birthday to anyone whose birthday it is. Mine's in September

Rose pruning

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 22:52

Ivyhouse, that's a climbing rose not a bush, so you wouldn't prune to 8", unless you mean the side shoots that you prune to 2 - 3 buds.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 20:01

Tracey, I saw your request and have posted on rose pruning. Off to watch Midwives!

Rose pruning

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 19:07

Tracey, could you attach some horizontal wires to your fence using screw-in eyelets?  Then take each long shoot and fan out sideways and tie to a wire, as in Edd's picture. Then prune a few inches off the end of each shoot (branch). Then, as puncdoc says, prune each side shoot that comes off the main ones to 2 or 3 buds.

The big branches that are over the top of the fence will then be tied down sideways to the wires, don't cut them off this year. When the rose gets old in later years you can cut off the oldest worn out ones. Each long branch growing sideways should be covered in short shoots. These will have flowers on them.

Clematis plants in containers

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 18:20

Taylor's Clematis, as Fairygirl said, is a great site. I use it a lot, I have about 25 clematis and need 2 more!

http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/ 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 18:15

Everything appears in reverse order. I wrote first, then uploaded the iris, finishing with the violas. Does anyone else find this happens?

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 18:12

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Thank you Magical Meerkat, I'm sure you are right.

Chicky, that is a beautiful double pink hellebore.

I took some photos yesterday, signs of spring.

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 17:59

Didn't rain today so been busy outside. Weedkilled paths and terraces, also spot treated dandelions, grass and buttercups in flower beds. Hands are too arthritic at the moment to dig them out of heavy wet soil.

Crawled about in a shrub bed cutting and digging out brambles that seem to have got huge when I wasn't looking, bit painful that was!

Pruned Etoile Violette which had also got huge, a matted tangle. It's hard prune so not really complicated.

Good TV night tonight. Love "Call the Midwife". Will watch Musketeers too.

Clematis plants in containers

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 09:26

I have a dustbin pot which I painted with thick render sort of paint in two mixed colours, sort of beige and cream to look like limestone. Forgot that in above answer, bin was cheap, paint was in cupboard, left over.

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