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Growing Roses

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 17:42

35C here today so lake tahoe beach today-when i was going to pull the rose i cut the main stems by half but then had 2nd thoughts. in late winter took them off completely. you might cut yours back and rub off any new growth on the old canes and then finish the job in march. the year after i did it the bloom on the remaining canes was incredible. looking at the lists of roses people have grown in the past made me think of ellen willmot, extremely rich edwardian lady who supposedly grew every rose then in cultivation. could it be done now or are there just too many?


Camera Corner

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 02:43

 fledgling gyr  falcons first day of flight

Growing Roses

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 00:16

lawrence johnston- a single bloomer good here in reno-would probably be splendid in cooler weather. almost 30 yrs old and scandalously neglected for most of that time. was going to shovel prune it but massacred it instead-took out about 90%-the main canes were 6 in through-2 yrs later better than ever-a shattering rejuvenation that worked out 


Posted: 08/06/2014 at 21:26

nut cutlet beautiful gardens-want a formal lily pool-everyone around here has fraudulent mtn streams no matter what the house design

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:23

lizzie how did your open day go. was the weather fine, the crowds agog, the scones delish? am of two minds about opening.

pic taken through forest pansy which after being smashed by winds two winters ago is growing enormous 

passed on the reno gardening club open day this year but people from past years came by

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:02

and is your ononpordum giganteum this big? the basal rosette on this one is 4 ft across-not a plant to put where you might run into it on a dark night-

my best gardening friend says growing it indicates serious mental problems 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 17:37

nice wintersong-a lot more than nice-sisyrinchiums dont like our winter dryness-the first cold bright day with humidity under 10% and they are gone-even mulching doesnt help but excelsior!!!!



Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 06:35

panda wonderful sisyrinchiums-something i keep trying and never succeeding.


pot pond

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 05:37

sometimes lining material is toxic to fish -might want to check-other than that good to go

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 16:56
Fairygirl wrote (see)

I know BL won't see this as she'll be busy with her 'do', but....mmmmm drool...

David -  never come between a Scot and their scones! 

talk about your stones of scones

Discussions started by david spikes

autumn crocus

do you grow them 
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Last Post: Yesterday at 08:27

dahlias dahling

show us your best 
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Last Post: Today at 13:32

whats cooking from the garden

its all good 
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Last Post: 24/08/2014 at 15:00

sunflower seeds

and the pear tree is full of birds cooing and twittering 
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Last Post: 23/08/2014 at 18:14

phlox paniculata

would that they were mine 
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Last Post: 26/08/2014 at 13:26

clematis tie dyed

great blue variegation first of its type 
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Last Post: 16/07/2014 at 17:54

what were they thinking of

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Last Post: 26/06/2014 at 18:18


great thread on underachievers. think we need to balance it. do you have something which has gone gonzo this year after fiddling about forever? 
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Last Post: 06/06/2014 at 16:33

just curious

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Last Post: 04/04/2012 at 20:47

searching for seeds

stuff i want 
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Last Post: 29/02/2012 at 23:53

Talkback: Dieback on Leyland cypress hedges

it looks like improper trimming or it could be spider mites if they are the soft evergreen curse in the uk that thet are in nev. 
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Last Post: 08/05/2012 at 10:26


all through the year 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 20:25
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