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Posted: 21/03/2014 at 14:16

It is a very pretty rose - lovely in a jug with some alchemilla mollis 

And speaking of roses Fb, my little Rosa glauca has little pink buds swelling on it's stems.  

Just had a visit from our Lovely Builder - he's going to come over next week and do a few jobs, including finish off the pond (he and his mate are into wildlife and fishing and gardening so they'll do a sensitive job)  - the liner has been ordered and should be here on Monday. 

The builder's mate is also going to find time to dig the new bed in the front garden - that'll save my back 


Posted: 21/03/2014 at 13:40

Fidget, it's a Rosa Bonica 

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

..... I've just ordered one of my favourite roses for the sunnier end of the Shady Bank, outside the dining room window - I've grown this rose in two other gardens and it's been a delight each time - it's only failing is that it's scent is slight - but it'll be growng near a clump of Sweet Rocket and some honeysuckle - I've been trying to find a better rose for that spot, but it's got them all beat!  It flowers all summer long and is the prettiest thing.  Beautiful for cutting too  Although it's described as a ground cover rose it can reach over a metre in height and as the bank is at least a couple of feet high that'll be perfect.  As it's replacing a very old scarlet climber that was here when we moved in, I've ordered a containerised one to give it every chance - I've also dug in a big pile of FYM so it should be fine. 

Should be here in 10 - 14 days says the email, but as they're only a few miles down the road maybe it'll be sooner than that 




Posted: 21/03/2014 at 13:26

Yes, it will die and go brown - eventually the leaves will blow away in the wind but it may take a while. 

seedlings coming through at different rates - advice?

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:37

Can you separate the seedlings that have germinated and stand those modules into a seedtray or similar without a top?

Tree advice pls

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:09

But you'll spend much less time in the garden over the winter, so being overlooked won't be such an issue 


Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:07

It's ok Verdun, I've not left the rosebush in it's box - I've carefully unwrapped it - how's that for a beautifully healthy rose bush!!!  Well done Peter Beales' Classic Roses!!!

 Stacey, a coffee would be lovely - make a big pot 


Posted: 21/03/2014 at 08:30
fidgetbones wrote (see)

I probably should do some housework before OH gets back. Do you think vacuum cleaners are safer than wheelbarrows?


Good to see you Fb - no leave vacuum cleaners well along - OH says I always complain that my back hurts after I've wielded the vacuum, so it's his plaything rather than mine now 


Posted: 21/03/2014 at 07:59

Our builder should be popping round this afternoon for cake and consultation - we've got a list of odd jobs that need doing - and I may rope him in to help OH with the pond - those tree roots are getting beyond a joke and OH has other things he must be doing.  

Talkback: How to grow sunflowers from seed

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 07:46

Liam, start hardening them off - in last year's long cold spring we had self-sown Russian Giants peeking up through the melting snow!!!  

Last week I sowed some outside directly into the bed where they are to grow. 

Gardeners World TV Program

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 07:18

I really don't think that half an hour per week of GW is long enough to show us much practical stuff - I think it's been decided that the main focus of the programme is to inspire and encourage, and to give us some timely tips - practical demonstrations of how to do something are available all over the internet and in magazines - and of course advice is available here 

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