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How do I get my standard rose back into shape?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 20:28

That's very helpful Dave.  Thanks very much

How do I get my standard rose back into shape?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 12:25

I pruned my standard rose in February/March this year.  I cut the branches down to about 8 or 9".  It's flowering profusely so no problem there but it's very untidy with long and short branches; some drooping down, some shooting up higher than the others.  I wanted a nice sphere shape.  How do I do this next year?

Tubular begonia

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 12:05

I think maybe it's a bit soon?  Mine are certainly quite a way off flowering, in the Isle of Man.  

Thompson and Morgan

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 00:22

I can personally confirm that corresponding with T&B by Facebook works really well.  They respond to queries very quickly and efficiently and in a friendly manner.  They replaced some plants for me much quicker than they said they could.  I've ordered a few things from them this year which was a first for me and I'm very impressed with the plants that they have sent to me.  All are growing well.


Posted: 05/06/2015 at 21:55

Ok brilliant, thanks - I've googled the Blue Ensign and they look tremendous.


Posted: 05/06/2015 at 18:24

Oooh, thanks - some lovely ideas there.  Got welsh poppies - they even grow under a hedge for me, aquilegias, rhodos, azaleas and lots of geums but I love the idea of wall flowers and also pulmonarias.  I saw some pulmonarias recently in a local stately home in the garden and they were beautiful.  That lovely rich blue that I'm looking for.


Posted: 05/06/2015 at 08:56

I've found these which may fit the bill ... Anemone Lord Lieutenant - I've already got anemone but these would be different.  Also Meconopsis China Blue or the blue Himalayan poppy (which I've already grown but seem to have killed when I moved them).  The poppies may be a little late flowering for my purposes but I'll have a look.  

Sanjy - it's heart breaking when plants break isn't it?!  Recent storms haven't helped either.



Posted: 05/06/2015 at 04:30

Got Hyathinths for March/April but need something that will flower between April or even May until the end of June.


Posted: 04/06/2015 at 22:36

Yes, I've got and love astilbes Verdun.  Mingled amongst my hostas and also in the same border as a couple of Queen Victoria Lobelias - a white one which looks lovely with the dark foliage and red flowers of the lobelias.  And although my OH doesn't know yet, I'm waiting for another 3 to arrive in the post!!!  I'll slip them in the garden before he gets home from work  

What I'm actually looking for is something to replace tulips but also will flower just during the months between April and about end of June.  I've already got anemones, ranunculus, sweet william, vinca, bellis but just wanted a couple more plants for containers in a certain area in the garden.  


Posted: 04/06/2015 at 16:14

Ok, sounds like senetti aren't going to fill in the gap that I wanted i.e. another vivid colour perennial flowering from April to June.  Better to know before buying

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