Dovefromabove


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Climbing rose conundrum

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 15:52
Darren8 says:

... I thought I'd read that roses were greedy & needed a lot of feeding?



 Feeding yes .... but feeding them with the right things .... you've been giving yours a diet of Mars bars and fizzy pop .... lots of short term energy but no staying power 


I'd treat all your roses just as Pete and I have said ... and yes, mulch with organic matter in the autumn ... well rotted farmyard manure etc.  Fabulous stuff.  

Weird Weeds

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 15:48

I agree with Bob     ... Potentilla reptans.  

Roses

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 15:46

I think Ladybird has it in one   Little be$$ars!     


The first couple of years or so without chemicals can sometimes seem as if things are worse rather than better, as of course the chemicals have depleted the natural predators and they need to re-establish, meanwhile things like saw-flies take advantage of the situation.


Keep an eye on your roses, pick off the saw fly caterpillars when you see them and hang bird feeders near your roses to encourage blue tits etc into the area ... they'll gobble up the saw fly caterpillars next year if you get them used to feeding around there 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 15:33

Lyn ... there's a lot of truth in what you say.  I chose well second time around ... a chap from a younger generation where expectations are different ... the youngest child with older sisters, a mum who worked out of the house and a dad who worked from home ... we met at art school where we were on an equal footing and he's always said that he was brought up with the notion that if something needs doing you should do it yourself ... 


Pat ....... as Clari says, flush it through and try to sleep it off  ((hugs))

Last edited: 17 July 2017 15:33:47

Climbing rose conundrum

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 13:03

Stop the Miracle Gro ... And no more of any feed this year. Next spring one dose of Fish Blood and Bone in spring will last all year, and a handful of clematis food in April. Nothing more until it does what's expected of it - a few stern words never go amiss either 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 12:57

The trick is to get them enjoying sharing the tasks, then they think it was their idea 

Resurrected Eighteen

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 12:20

Thanks Hazel ... That's kind of you. He's going to have to rent and is struggling to find somewhere that he can take his beloved cat with him. We can't help 'cos OH is so allergic and Wonky already has two ....

Resurrected Eighteen

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 12:05
Lantana says:

...  At one stage of my life I had teenage kids AND a parent to worry over. It's just the way things are.



 Haven't got used to worrying about them as well  ... it's all still a bit fresh I suppose ... and so close together ... 

Resurrected Eighteen

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 11:59

Hazel   of course I worry about Wonky ... but usually needlessly ... she's a coper and has her Lovely Hub and together they can deal with most stuff that life throws at them.  Her carpal tunnel is a problem but she's seen the GP and hopefully some treatment will help.


 Son's a different matter, big and strong and still not dealing well with marriage breakup ... he has a difficult time ahead ... selling the house and trying to put sad times behind him ... but nothing's ever that straightforward is it?  and he misses his Grandpa who was his rock.    

Last edited: 17 July 2017 12:00:46

Help with identification

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 11:34

Hi Sam


Ummmm .... you know that quote "The difficult can be done immediately, the impossible takes a little longer" ..... 


Afraid I've no idea ... I mean I think it may be a 'compositae' type .... but which .... without flowers or leaves .... but I bet someone comes up with some good suggestions .... 

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