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Posted: 18/10/2017 at 08:08

Mme Alfred Carriere produces most of its flowers on wood formed in the previous year so next summer's growth will give you blooms in 2019. 

Last edited: 18 October 2017 08:08:56

Madame flowers in first year ?

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 08:03

Mme A. Carriere blooms on wood formed in the previous season so I wouldn't have expected it to bloom this year. You should get blooms next year on this years growth. 

Train new shoots around the supports while they are still young and pliable to stimulate the production of side shoots which will produce the flowers and ensure that the arch has blooms all the way up and not just at the top. 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 07:00

So is mine Hosta ... It's not good enough ... 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 06:52

I feel like that Hosta, but I was sound asleep since 10 o'clock ... coffee will cure me ... when it arrives ...

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 06:34

Good morning all  Anyone got the kettle on yet ...?

Well hello again

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 06:32

Glad you're back home and I hope you're soon feeling much more comfortable  

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 17/10/2017 at 21:50

 Night night all ... Sweet dreams ... See you in the morning ...

Rose cuttings problem

Posted: 17/10/2017 at 18:39
Lyn says:

I do exactly the same as Dove Except that i put them in the ground.

See original post

 I put them in the ground ... in a slit trench ... didn't explain it very well did I 

I meant scroll down to this bit ...

"Growing a rose cutting in the ground

1. Rose cuttings can also be grown in the ground which is also very easy to do. Simply dig a trench around 20cm deep and put a layer of grit sand in the bottom of the trench which is 2-3cm deep.

2. Now take the rose cutting (as described above) ensuring you have a straight healthy cutting approximately 25-30cm (12inch) long. Remove the thorns from the lower half of the cutting, some gardeners even say to put a couple of small slits into the side of the bottom of the rose to help stimulate root growth.

3. Dip the cutting into rooting powder and insert the cutting approximately 15cm apart into the sand so they stand upright with around two thirds of the cutting under the ground. Firm around the base before filling the trench back in with soil and firming again around the rose cutting.

4. Keep watered during drier periods and by spring they should show signs of new growth. They may be ready for transplanting in spring but may be worth waiting until late October before transplanting them into pots or into the final position in the garden."

Last edited: 17 October 2017 18:41:30

New turf

Posted: 17/10/2017 at 18:36

Yes, the grass has flowered.  When it's being regularly mown it'll be mowed off, but it may be too early after turfing to mow it, so the fussy customer is just going to have to be patient  ... grass is a plant ... all plants have flowers.  

Last edited: 17 October 2017 18:37:10

Rose cuttings problem

Posted: 17/10/2017 at 18:30

I grow rose cuttings outside in a slit trench as described here  ... scroll down a bit 

I leave them alone for 12 months by which time they're ready to pot up or plant out. 

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