Busy-Lizzie


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Getting rid of brambles

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 16:21

No, just one sort at a time. If you use the brushwood killer it will kill off the leaves too quickly for the glyphosate to be drawn into the roots. You will see the centre of the plant going pale with glyphosate before it dies.

Droopy blooms- roses x 2

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 16:18

And, of course, compost, as Dove has reminded me. It should be loamier than just Multi-purpose, should have some John Innes in it. I mix garden earth with manure and compost to fill 2/3 of the pot, then top it up with MP compost, which stops any weeds from the earth and manure coming up. Every year I remove the top few inches of compost and add new.

Droopy blooms- roses x 2

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 16:14

Oh, and how big are the pots? They need to be at least 40 - 50cms tall and a similar width. 

Droopy blooms- roses x 2

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 16:10

That rose looks starving to me. They need feeding with rose food and a good drink. But if you have already fed them then I suspect the roses can't get to the food as they haven't had enough water to absorb it properly. Do they get some sun?

Droopy blooms- roses x 2

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 15:11

Are the first and the third before and after photos?

Droopy blooms- roses x 2

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 12:34

It could be the watering. Little and often is not what they need, the water will never get down to the roots. They need a really good soak every few days. Roses in pots get thirsty. They will need more feeding than plants planted in the ground as the watering will wash the fertiliser out eventually. If the compost has got dry it can be hard to rehydrate it as the water just runs through the dry compost. Push your hand right in and see if it feels damp.

Which plants would you relegate to the compost heap... for good?

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 10:45

Good for you, Sussexsun!


I like petunias, rarely bother to dead head them, they still flower. I grow a variety called "Storm" and they don't seem to mind the rain. I think Spanish bluebells are pretty, I have them in flower beds and the wild English ones in my wild bits, they don't get muddled up.


Forgot one thing I don't like - grasses! As I am surrounded by meadows and forest I don't see the point of growing something that looks like weeds in my flower beds. There are lots of varieties of grass growing in the countryside here, where they belong. Anything that looks like grass in my beds gets pulled up. I like flowers in my beds.

Harvested anything yet?

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 09:12

We had the first helping of broad beans a few days ago, but they were a little too small - couldn't wait! Have masses of raspberries and blueberries.

The garden so far

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 09:07

Well done! It's looking great.

Scilla peruviana

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 09:06

That sometimes happens with mine too. Mine seem to flower better if they don't get too dry when dying down the year before.

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