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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 18:18

No gardening today, absolutely tipping down and a thunderstorm this afternoon, 4°. Short powercut.

Cleaned bedroom and changed sheets this morning. Did ironing this afternoon, BUT while watching the lovely Geoff Hamilton in his ornamental kitchen garden! Lovely OH had bought the 3 DVD set from Amazon for me.

Puncdoc take a drink up to the bathroom to sip while in the bath, then slip into something comfy and cook tea.

Re using last years patio pots

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 10:16

I put new in on top too, but not as much as half the compost from my big pots, which have earth mixed in with the compost in the bottom half. I remove top 6 inches of compost and replace with new. When I plant out my bedding plants I add slow release fertiliser granules.

Rose pruning

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 10:11

Oh dear, I typed "metal" instead of "mental"!

That's a good site, Dove, very clear.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 10:05

Fidget, my mother used to put her edible garden peas in paraffin before sowing because the smell kept the mice away. Would probably work for sweet peas.

Rose pruning

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 09:33
http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38711.jpg?width=350

 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/ 

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