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Strictly is back!

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 07:39

Aym - think AuntyRach was being ironic - hence the  at the end of her 'question'  

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 19:54

Hosta - I bet your bonfire looked amazing from across your valley   

and OH didn't ask whether he should bring a whole load of black cherries home to go with the ice cream - he just brought them 

Planting hole

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 18:09

Wills - this is a picture of a mature Paul Noel rambler 

You'll see that it needs some type of support structure. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 17:59

OH has just phoned to ask if he should bring a big tub of locally made luxury ice cream home with him?

Of course he should!!! 

Planting hole

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 16:46

Verdun   I suggested adding topsoil as Wills said that the bed he's planting the rose in was built 'on an old car park'  and he has added MPC and manure - from that I understood that there was little or no soil in the bed.  Perhaps I've misunderstood. 

David Austin's planting instructions here 

Last edited: 15 October 2016 16:48:55

Planting hole

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 16:14

Current thinking is that when planting a shrub or tree it is better not to prepare too large a hole, as this doesn't give the plant something firm to root into and consequently the shrub may be unstable and rock, causing water to settle around the roots and then freeze in the winter and cause damage.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 15:39

Discount Code not accepted...?

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 15:31

Hi - I think your best course of action is to email this address 

Good luck 

Planting hole

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 15:15

Hi Wills 

As you're probably finding, multi purpose compost breaks down pretty quickly and becomes quite insubstantial  - I would add as much good topsoil as you can - you can get it in bags from the garden centre or Homebase etc - roses need something a bit more like real soil than just compost and manure.

I agree with Logan about the size of the hole. 

Paul Noel is a pretty rose with a lovely scent - it can grow quite big so be prepared to give it a good support structure to clamber up or over. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:33

Well, perhaps Santa will bring him some of his own? 

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