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Rose suggestions please

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 10:27

Lyn, what direction does your house face? As chicky says a rambler isn't a good idea, climber is better. Roses in pots are relatively easy to look after, you have a different regime looking after them. Watering and feeding are essential. John Innes No.3 compost as the potting mix and a large enough container to accommodate the root system. Every year the top 2 inches of compost should be replaced as well. 

If your'e going to train it against a wall, use wires instead of trellis, it's easier to train them and tie in new flowering shoots with them.

If your wall is anything other than east or north facing, you have a wide choice of rose, but options will be limited if you face north or east. 

One last consideration is height of the rose.

If you want disease resistance, go for an English rose, from David Austin. If you look after them they will reward you with a constant display.

GW 2015

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 20:40

Dove, most of the people I garden for are relatively well heeled people, some more than that, but I also look after a lot of small gardens for people who live on a budget. I treat them all the same and work hard for a living.

It's personal view, I am not trying to change the social strata or right any injustice.

I like to see diversity and hope I will see it in future programmes.

So please have the courtesy to respect other peoples point of view.

GW 2015

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 22:58

Seems to me the garden design bit is aimed at well heeled London properties in Westminster or Chelsea. Yes many gardens are small in the UK, but 90% of people couldn't afford what's been shown so far. Monty is as informative as ever, and CK is as gushing as ever. The helebore breeder was interesting, but very well heeled indeed, again unlike 90% of the rest of the country. Are GW going upmarket this year and ignoring the poor folks.

Can You Help Identify?

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 22:44

Tidy up any dead stuff first NG, but I can't enlarge the pictures so really can't give any further help.

Could anyone identify these aloe vera plants please?

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 22:41

Think the second is Aloe aristata, third is either Aloe amutadensis or Aloe ellenbeckii. Last two are almost indistinguishable from each other. To most of us they are just succulents.

Newt in school pond

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 22:24

Looks like a common newt( or smooth newt), fairly widespread and not that rare. You obviously have a good school pond. They emerge this time of year to mate, so as little disturbance as possible would be good. It's not a great crested, so you haven't been lucky, and it being a school pond would bring problems of disturbance and questions of protection.

Frogs and newt happily co exist, there are many myths about wildlife.

Try to get the teachers to discourage dragging the weed from the pond. Weed is a habitat for many pond dwellers. Get the teachers to explain it and the importance of weed. They probably haven't got a clue so neither will the kids.


Posted: 14/03/2015 at 22:12

You can prune now, mulch and feed it afterwards.

Raised Bed Advice Please

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 22:09

Weeds germinate whatever you put on the topsoil Eric, I really wouldn't bother it's a waste of effort. You say 9 cubic metres of soil, it must be a long raised bed for that much. Even so a top dressing of good compost is all that's needed, 2 inches at most, that's what most in fact nearly all gardeners use (50mm), will give you a good start. If you want to improve fertility, then wait till you see how anything planted does. You will probably find most things will do well anyway. There's no need to over feed in fact doing so weakens plants. Fill the bed with soil then fork in the top dressing. Water it well and start planting when the weather warms and the soil isn't cold to the touch.

Feel free to come back to the forum for any advice and no question is daft or lame, everyone will help.

Raised Bed Advice Please

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 17:07

I'd make it soil, paper, soil, compost, to keep the best of the nutrients in the top layer. If it's only 40cm deep I wouldn't even bother with layers just soil and compost, the paper won't add much.

Talkback: Choosing nutrients for your plants

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 17:01

If and I mean if you want to feed it, growmore is more than enough. But best to give it a chance first.

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