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Climbing rose with red leaves

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 19:14

Many roses that have deep red or purplish flowers have reddish leaves and stems too, particularly on new growth - the pigment is in the whole plant, not just the petals.

Etoile d'Hollande is just one I can think of with deep red flowers and similar stems and leaves.

Think of a beetroot - the leaves have red stems and veins and often the leaves are purplish too.

Roses with white and yellow blooms tend to have pale green leaves.  Same reason.


Home made compost - why do I get seedlings?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 18:23
Verdun wrote (see)

It's the best generated within the compost bin that counts rewolfnus. ..........

I don't think Verdun will mind me saying that he meant to say "'s the heat generated within the ...."

It's all the sunny Cornish weather that must've gone to his head


Posted: 12/04/2015 at 18:19

It might be cheaper to get a local garden person (you know, those people who do people's gardens for them) to do it for you - paying them by the hour or the square metre or whatever may work out to your advantage.  You could always ask for a couple of quotes.  Local Garden Centres can usually recommend someone

Shrub Id please

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 18:15

Good, it should be ok on this soil too - if I can find a space for it, whatever it is

New account - posts not showing!

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 17:36

Tanya, I thought I'd seen most blips on here but that's a new one on me!  All I can suggest is that you contact the web team here - there'll be plenty of people in the office tomorrow.

Good luck

New account - posts not showing!

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 17:15

Ignore my last post - I've seen your post and pics on the other thread

Shrub Id please

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 17:14

Gosh! that is SO PRETTY!  I've no idea what it is but I want one!!!

Nut, do you know what it is?  I hope someone does

New account - posts not showing!

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 17:12

Hi Sara and welcome

As Nut has said above, I can see 6 comments and two photos.  Have you tried to add more photos since?


Posted: 12/04/2015 at 15:33

I've been in the garden all day - OH even brought my lunch out for me   The robins are still flying back and forth getting beaks full of live meal worms  

It's been jolly blustery but the back garden's pretty sheltered - I've re-potted lots of plants, including hostas and ferns, and potted on lots of cuttings.  Still lots to do to make up for not having done much last autumn, but the garden's beginning to look loved and cared for again. 

Now the wind's really picking up so I've tidied up outside and OH has swept the terrace clear of all my compost and grit and I'm going to have a shower before cooking supper. 

It'll be a roast chicken with lemon and tarragon, baby new potatoes and asparagus with tarragon hollandaise - please form an orderly queue, people with a bottle of French Sauv Blanc in their hands get to the front

Getting Iris Reticulata to flower again

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 15:18

Iris reticulata seem reluctant to naturalise and increase as some bulbs do - whenever I've grown them, either in pots or in the ground, they decrease year after year.  I've heard other gardeners say that this is also their experience. 

I'm not sure what their ideal conditions are, but I don't think they include living in the UK


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