Busy-Lizzie


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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 10:45

In a state of shock, our friends' beautiful daughter has been murdered in Devon. Wasn't going to say anything, but now it's in the papers and has been on the television news.

seeds

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 10:41

I won't be sowing anything until March, but perhaps some lobelia in February as that worked last year. Even if seeds germinate plants go leggy when sown too soon.

Looking for ideas

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 10:38

Good choice from Verdun as always. I would add tall Michaelmas daisies for late season colour, especially aster novae-angliae which are more resistant to mildew and phlox paniculata which flower in high summer.

How/where to cut this rose bush please?

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 10:13

I agree too. March is the classical month for rose pruning, but your rose is already fairly severely pruned so leave it. Is it a climber? You say you trailed it up a fence. If so then let it keep some long strong stems as a frame and when you prune just cut off weak shoots, very old and woody shoots and the side shoots growing from the main stems to two or 3 buds.

Make sure it doesn't dry out in summer, and feed it, I use rose fertiliser as it has the right minerals. Instructions are on the packet. Feed as growth starts in spring and again after flowering is the basic minimum. Roses are quite thirsty hungry plants. They also like being mulched with well rotted manure. A well fed rose is better able to fight disease.

Roses often get a bit tatty later in the season. Don't spray against insects, you will kill good insects too, but do spray with a fungicide against diseases like black spot, mildew and rust.

New Lawnmower

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 10:01

I join the others in favour of Honda. Mine is still going strong and starts easily, bought it in the late 1980s. It is a solid and expensive one though, a Honda Pro. I also have a Honda rotovator which is very good.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 09:56

Morning all.

Reggie looks lovely, but I'm rather nervous of German Shepherds since being bitten by one.

Lysimachia Beaujolais looks gorgeous, Googled it, like a dark red Lysimachia Clethroides, which I have, but it's rather invasive - roots go sideways. Never seen L. Beaujolais before.

My garden, normally well drained, is sodden.

 

Will my rose survive

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 12:05

Dug up by who? Dog? The sooner you get it replanted the better. Has it been exposed to frost? Some roses are hardier than others. If you can't replant it at the moment then plant it in a pot or a bag full of moist potting compost. Cut off the oldest, woodiest stems and weak growth and give it a trim, but not while it's frosty or snowy.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 11:57

How did you get home? Were you able to start the car? Doesn't your key have a little manual one in it for emergencies? Scarey.

Dying Yesterday Today and Tomorrow Tree

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 10:04

Sometimes the leaves of this plant do drop off in winter. Are you sure he removed them? Also they aren't reliably hardy. Are you in the UK? It should be brought in when the weather is cold and frosty. Being frosted could make the leaves drop off. 

This plant is very toxic and can be dangerous for dogs and children if they eat any of it, especially the berries. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 09:39

Good morning all.

Fritillary, I, too, had a Border Collie that loved eating blackberries off bushes.

French houses have windows that open inwards. They have outside shutters, so you can open the window for ventilation with the shutters shut.They are easy to clean but means no window sills, which I miss. We put some wooden shelves under some of the windows here but can't put much on them if you want to open the window.

Howling gales and pouring rain last night, bit alarming, but wind has dropped now and rain has stopped. Was -2°.

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