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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 13:21

Places accepting donations:

Rugby Portobello Trust in Walmer Road
Latimer Centre in Freston Road.

They are accepting donations of provisions such as food, drinks, clothes and toiletries.

The Rugby Portabello Trust has also set up an Amazon Wishlist of items 

and there's a Just Giving page to provide ongoing support to those who have lost everything 


Posted: 14/06/2017 at 13:00

This may be of interest 

Disease on choysia

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 12:48

That looks like an infestation of scale insects ... there are many sorts.  Info here 

Disease on choysia

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 12:34

Gina .... can you show us a photo please .... start with the camera icon .... if the photo doesn't upload try reducing the size .... that usually works 

Rotting courgette

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 12:26

I wouldn't spray anything that I intended to eat ..... not ever.!!!

Wash the aphids off with a jet of water from the hose pipe, and ensure that the soil around the plants is kept damp ... that will keep the ants away.  

Single stemmed climbing rose

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 12:13

New Dawn is definitely a very pale pink  which looks exactly like your photo.

A gorgeous rose. 

The petals often fade to white as the bloom ages.

Last edited: 14 June 2017 12:14:54

Rose adivse...

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 11:59

No, I don't think that's a sucker so no need to worry about it. 

It looks as if your rose is quite happy and the healthy new shoots are growing well.

I would give it some specialist rose food (according to the instructions on the pack ... don't overdose)

and next Jan/February I'd take it out of the pot and remove the loose compost  and re-pot it in John Innes No 3 loam-based compost.

When you repot it I would bury the graft point (where all the stems are coming from) a good 2 to 3 inches below the surface of the soil. 

It looks as if it's going to grow quite a few new long shoots so next year it may be better to find a bigger container for it.   If so, try not to get one that curves in at the top ... it'll make it easier to look after and as you say, ensure good air flow at the base. 

Yes, I'd fill the pot much nearer to the top of the pot ... leave about an inch and make sure that there are plenty of drainage holes in the base of the pot so that it doesn't get waterlogged.  

In the winter it's a good idea to stand the pot up on pot feet or three half bricks to make sure that the drainage hole can't get blocked.  

A few yellow/black leaves are not unusual on some roses ... pick them off and burn them so any fungal spores don't spread.

Otherwise that looks like a lovely healthy rose bush 

Do you know the name of the rose?  That would help with pruning decisions. 

Last edited: 14 June 2017 12:00:32

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 11:16

Debs ... not sure what counts as silly ... I've hung a couple of bits of washing out and washed up my breakfast bowl ... does that count? 

Hazel - foot is progressing slowly in the right direction thanks 

Thoughts are with Rezzers with worries and cares about poorly loved ones ((hugs))

Thoughts also with those poor people affected by yet another tragedy in London 


Posted: 14/06/2017 at 11:12

I always leave the flowers on to develop seeds ... the birds love them 

What happens if I don't uze support for a climbing rose?

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 11:05

And ... I know that putting up a trellis or similar seems like a lot of faff .... but you only need to do it once and then your rose can perform at it's best and you won't have thrown all that money away.  

If trellis is expensive, you can put wires across the fence and tie the roses in to that, or some sort of wire netting or something similar.

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