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Soft fruit

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 21:01

Probably be rich enough as it is even after three years.

Should all roses be pruned at the same time?

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 19:43

Terry can you post some pictures, I'll be better placed to give you the best advice. Thanks.


Posted: 19/01/2016 at 19:40

I never believe the dire  warnings, prefer to use a proven weather forecasting service. The one I use has been very accurate. It helps me plan my clients gardens.


Feeding roses

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 19:36

Archers a proprietary rose feed is good, it contains essential trace elements, a handful per rose in spring followed by another handful after the first flush of flowers encourages more .


Posted: 19/01/2016 at 12:33

Leave it alone bluebell. More cold weather is on the way and the old flower heads will die off eventually and you can prune them back to a pair of buds when spring arrives.

Clematis jingle bells and blue wisley

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 12:31

Jingle bells has probably flowered early as you rightly guessed. The wisley will slow down with the cooler weather. I'd leave it alone for now as there are indications of a return to the cold and frosty weather we have seen recently. I'd take another look at the wisley when spring arrives.

Should all roses be pruned at the same time?

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 14:28

Okay, bigger job than at first thought. 

First rose, you need to renovate that one. You'll need a pruning saw and secateurs, about 20 metres of wire and hammer in anchors, about a dozen.

Firstly,  cut out the three thickest stems to ground level or as Or as low as you can get. It actually looks like a rambler, not  climber. There's a lot of dead wood by the base so cut that out as well. You only want to keep the green stems, not the brown. You'll lose most of what's there, but be brave, it will look bare but you need to encourage new flowering stems. Also you need those thick stems out from behind the down pipe.

Don't be shy with it, there will be few stems on the right but new growth will come. You need to create a frame behind the rose and you do that by hammering in the anchors into the wall and stringing wire between them. Space the wires 18 inches apart and go up the wall accordingly.

Cut back any longer stems by half and tie in as you go up. Again there won't be a lot left, but it will flower better for it. Do this for THIS YEAR ONLY. 

New growth will come in spring, and when it starts give it a good handful of rose fertiliser and water it in well. As the new growth gets going tie it into the wires as it grows and keep doing this as it grows. As its a rambler (I'm 99%on this), it will flower some time in June. AFTER its flowered it can be pruned again taking out any flowered stems, new growth will follow which will flower the following season.

Rose 2, cut out any broken dead or damaged stems, it looks like a short climber, again get some wire behind it and tie in the newer stems which should be cut back by half for now. Again tying in at and angle will give you more flowers. In spring be a bit more careful and prune back to an outward facing bud. Again tie in new growth as it appears and give it a good feed as well.

Rose 3, I'm not sure that's a patio rose, it looks more like a bush rose in a pot, but it needs a good prune and repotting, a bigger pot with a John innes no3 compost will give best results and you can do that now. You can be quite hard with it so take out the very thin stem and keep the rest and cut back to an outward facing bud. You're basically treating it as a newly planted bare root rose, so add some rootgrow, bonemeal and some well rotted manure (you can buy it bagged) to the new pot. With the rootgrow, sprinkle it all over the roots of the rose and water it in well.

You'll have some manure left so mulch the other two roses with what's left.

If you've got any more questions don't hesitate to ask. It may sound daunting but once you start it will all fall into place.

Shrubs & Flowers for large North facing garden

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 12:43

Hydrangea will like the conditions as well and you can get some lovely tall, over 6ft, ones for summer and autumnal colour.

Pruning roses

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 12:37

Patio roses need little pruning other than taking out dead or damaged stems. The climber can be done now, but as its only a year old you need to train it first. You tie in the stems either laterally or at 45 degrees onto your framework. Take out anything dead or damaged at the same time. Bush roses are done in spring as chicky says, pruned back to 6 inches to an outward facing bud. You want an open framework for the bush rose bowl shaped. Again as they are only a year old it won't be difficult.

How to deal with moss??

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 12:27

I wouldn't worry about it meomye, when spring and summer comes it'll die off and then you can just dig it into borders or compost it. 

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