Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Plant ID please

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 12:15

No need to tie them in ... they'll wind around the canes like runner beans do.  Each flower only lasts a day, but there's always more each morning.  

Plant ID please

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 12:07

Not sure about the first one ... someone will know ...........

The little seedlings with the interesting shaped leaves are Morning Glory (ipomoea) seedlings ... put some tall canes up into wigwams and they'll climb up and cover them with gorgeous flowers 

I grow some every year 

books on rose pruning and care

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 11:31

I find that David Austin roses do far better with minimal pruning  .... DA recommends removing no more than one third length in general ... treat them as shrub roses rather than HTs and allow them to build up a framework of branches which support each other over the following years

If you prune them harder they put up even longer growth which will flop even more.

It took me a couple of years to work this out, and now it's working and Rosa 'Mayflower' is looking great and also has a lot more blooms on it than when I pruned harder. 

Alien has landed

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 11:15

There's no accounting for individual taste ......... perhaps the rose chafer should be re-named? 

KEW Gardens Visit

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 11:13
Busy-Lizzie says:

... Maybe we could do something in Norfolk or Suffolk the 2nd half of July?

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KEW Gardens Visit

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 11:12

Awwwwww!!!  You're very kind ... ((hugs))  but the thought of feeling vulnerable on long train and tube journeys on my own is really putting me off ... OH wouldn't be able to accompany me as he works, and of course now Wonky has her new job too.  

And to cap it all, the hospital have booked me an appointment for 10th July ...... 

Hopefully we can arrange another meet up somewhere next summer?

I've never been to Chelsea Physic Garden .............

Beaus Mum ... you have a PM. 

KEW Gardens Visit

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 10:45

Hurrumph!  and deep dismay!  

I will be unable to go to Kew 'cos of my busted foot       

My "fragrant roses" have no fragrance

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 10:38
chrissieB says:

This may sound off but have you tried smelling it at different times a time the day? I'be found that some are more scented in the morning or evening and have hardly any scent at other times

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 I've also found this ... I think it depends on warmth and humidity and of course, the different types of scent. 

Alien has landed

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 10:35

That looks like a very handsome Rose chafer 

A glorious thing, and not common enough to cause a problem, in my experience.  Enjoy 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 10:14

We're huge Chris Packham fans too ... don't agree with everything he says but as you say Liri, incredibly bright and knowledgeable ... I also love spotting the strategies he uses to keep his autistic brain focussed on the job in hand ... brilliant self-awareness and so clever.  

Michaela can be a bit hyper ... maybe a bit less coffee perhaps ... but again she knows her stuff even if she occasionally overdoes the disingenuous 'everyman' role.  

Martin Hughes-Games is more knowledgeable than he may appear at first ... he has a good CV ... and at least now that he's had his hair cut the irritating tossing of his locks has ended.  I don't mind long hair on a man ... I'm a big fan of Neil Oliver ... but constantly tossing his head to get his hair out of his face was annoying ... why not tie it up?  

As for the new lass Gillian Burke ..... another impressive CV and I think that as soon as she gets over the understandable slight nervousness of 'live tv' she'll be a real asset.

Hosta ... your visitors will absolutely love your garden 

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