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Dave Morgan

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Madame Alfred Carriere

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 14:05

I have exactly the same rose on 20 ft north facing wall. It did put on a lot of growth this year and the flowering was not as good as usual. I have in previous years had better displays some quite spectacular, however to get the best from it I have found a good frame is essential, which as others have said, is to train it properly allowing for plenty of lateral growth.

If your wall isnt 20 ft or so then do go for something smaller as it really is only for the larger wall.

Recommended Brands

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 20:28

To give you a good guide, can i recommend any sort of digging or hand tool with a good solid wooden ash handle and steel blade or fork.

I have used most garden tools and the only ones with any longevity are wooden handled usually ash and carbon steel blades.

The cutting tools I use the fiskars, they are reliable and give great cuts.

Much of the cheap metal tools you see about these days fail within a year.

Spend well and they will repay you with years of service. 

Talkback: Old books and migrant birds

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 21:55

I would say we humans are more of a pest than wildlife. We create more mess and rubbish than all the natural world put together. If anything is a plague its the human race.



Posted: 06/12/2013 at 14:42


hers will last you years if you look after them. Trim them back after flowering but only to the new green growth, much with an ericaceous compost and watch them flower year after year.

I planted some for my mum 20 years ago and they are still going strong.


Posted: 01/12/2013 at 19:19

heather, mould only grows when its too warm. Cool it down, kill the mould spores as Lyn has said and increase the ventilation.

......the good guys

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 12:22

Thank Verdun for starting this. The more we use the best suppliers the more the bad will be forced to change.

Advertising with expensive glossy brochures is good marketing, however recommendations by word of mouth is the best form of advertising any company can get.

Daffodils sprouting

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 12:17

Yes perfectly normal, they are very hardy, so sit back and look forward to the spring display.

Van Meuwen

Posted: 30/11/2013 at 11:43

I know we are all sitting here complaining about various companies who supply below standard stuff.

Maybe we should join together and compile a list of good suppliers.

If we informed the bad companies at the time of complaint, that we were publicly naming and shaming on this site which has so many viewers and contributors, we would see a change in attitude, and a change in quality.

Only the power of group action will force these companies to change. 

What can be killing off my plants?

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 23:02

Verdun is right I do the same thing with my watering cans. keep them separate at all costs.

Fox urine is particularly potent so if a dog fox is marking its territory you will have problems, only way to stop that is to get the old man to pee on it first at regular intervals (not into the pot of course just near it).

The final answer may be human interference.

What can be killing off my plants?

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 15:38

Do the containers contain soil or compost Donna?

You say that other people are suffering from the same problem, so where are their plants planted, in soil or in containers?

How old is the house you are in?

This may narrow it down a bit.

As Nut says  vine weevil is the most likely culprit with compost, but if your containers are full of soil there may be another reason.

Discussions started by Dave Morgan

Funny Wildlife

Squirrel V Woodpigeons 
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Clematis for a dry bank

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Colder weather is coming!

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Invasive roots from a neighbours garden

Can I remove invasive roots from my garden, 
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Hold in invasive roots 
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