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Pruning roses this year

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 10:36

If they really are Hybrid Teas (usually have one flower on each stem), then you can cut it low like in my photo and you can also cut out a couple of the thickest, oldest stems to encourage new growth. For Floribundas (clusters of flowers on the stems) then don't cut them so short. Then give them some rose fertiliser. They like a mulch of well rotted manure or compost as well.  Pruning and feeding and watering in dry spells will encourage the spindly ones to make more growth.

But I was wondering if the rose in your picture could be "Queen Elizabeth", which is a tall Floribunda and can make 6 - 7 feet tall. If it is, I would prune her to about 2 feet tall. Hybrid teas are generally 2 1/2 feet to 4 feet tall.

HELLO FORKERS! part two

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 22:44

I enjoyed the Night Manager, don't ask me what it's about, but I find it quite gripping!

I live in SW France and the lawn is too wet to mow. But snowdrops are nearly over and daffodils are coming out. Earlier than usual. I actually have a clump of bluebells out at the bottom of the drive, they usually flower in early April!

Pruning roses this year

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 22:38
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Hybrid Teas should be pruned quite hard so that they look something like the one in the photo. Cut out dead wood, stems that cross over and rub each other and spindly stems. Cut at an angle just above an outward facing bud. You can cut down to 6 - 8 inches tall. Floribundas a bit taller, about a foot. David Austin bush roses cut about a third off the height.

In the south you can start in February, in the north in March, but not in a cold spell when it's frosty.

 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 18:47

That hellebore is a lovely colour, Lesley.

My snowdrops are almost over.

HELLO FORKERS! part two

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 18:27

Was a rather cold day, but didn't matter because friends came to lunch, Coq au Vin, apple crumble, and we sat indoors with the wood burner merrily blazing. Had a good natter. OH is feeling a lot better today.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 15:40

I saw Rebecca at the Malvern Spring Show last year, but I couldn't take plants back to France on Ryanair. I've searched for it when we went by car and I've searched here in France. No luck

HELLO FORKERS! part two

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 08:01

Morning all.

OH had an upset tummy yesterday but he says he's OK today. He spent a lot of yesterday asleep in bed. I was thinking of cancelling my friends coming to lunch today, but he said not to.

HELLO FORKERS! part two

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 12:31

I expect you've seen this site, Lesley. http://www.careco.co.uk/cat-wc02/transit-wheelchairs.htm   My mother had quite big wheels on hers, found it easier to push over bumps that her previous small wheeled one. Don't forget to go backwards if you have to go over a step like a pavement kerb. Have a lovely time with Mum.

Have a good day at Wisley, Chicky.

I hope you find the right handbag, Wonky.

Pruning roses this year

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 09:57

Albertine is actually a rambler. Ramblers flower on the previous year's wood. You can get away with not pruning for a year, or just tidy up and remove the dead wood. It is recommended to prune ramblers after flowering in late summer, but I find that almost impossible with my Albertines, you can't see what you are doing for leaves, so I do it about now. Cut out the oldest, woodiest stems and tidy it up. You need the new growth for next years flowers.

Shrub roses don't need hard pruning either. The ones to hard prune are hybrid teas.

HELLO FORKERS! part two

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 09:33

Morning all. Grey and cloudy. Friends coming to lunch tomorrow so I better do some food preparation and tidying. I clumped across the veranda in very muddy boots yesterday. Now floor needs washing.

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