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How long to establish a Rambling Rose?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 11:37

I have a Frances E Lester - a gorgeous thing - this will be it's third summer since planting - it's taken quite a little while to get going but it's in a very inhospitable position, in shade in a very dry bed under a mature ash tree - I put its slow growth down to it working hard to get its roots established - however this spring it really looks as if it's putting on a fair bit of top growth.

I'm sure if it were in a better situation with some tlc it would be much bigger by now.

Does anyone recognise this dahlia?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 11:07

Revisiting this - Star Child overwintered in it's pot in my garage - this morning I've taken it out of the pot and repotted it in fresh compost and a bigger pot - it's made some lovely large firm plump tubers.

I've also bought 3 Honka-type dahlia tubers to grow in pots  to keep it company and provide flowers for cutting


Posted: 12/04/2015 at 10:39

They're a 'foreign invader' and have no natural predator in the UK,  unfortunately

not 'lily of the valley'

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 10:33

Do the leaves smell of garlic when squashed?  Are they sort of 'three-cornered?

Allium triquetum aka Three Cornered Leek and many other names - pretty but invasive - on the plus side - you can eat them


Posted: 12/04/2015 at 10:30

Just removed  two more Lily Beetles from my Fritillaria Imperialis - they were getting friendly so at least that's another generation avoided


Posted: 12/04/2015 at 10:28

A pic would be really helpful - to upload a picture on here you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post and follow the instructions

Have I killed my hydrangea?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 08:56

It's a bit early in the season to be worrying about hydrangeas yet - don't panic - they're slow starters in the spring. 


Posted: 12/04/2015 at 08:40

Good morning KEF, glad you had a lovely time

Love Gt Danes, but their tails can be like a whip if they're happy

Cockchafer grubs

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 07:41

Are you digging the grubs up?

I'm pretty sure that a hungry blackbird will have snaffled your grub when a cat wasn't looking.

Nematodes is what works the best to get rid of them properly.



Laurel Hedge

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 07:37

As well as using the Fungus Fighter I'd clear any rubbish from the bottom of the hedge and give it a feed with Fish, Blood and Bone according to the directions on the pack.  Strong-growing plants succumb less readily to fungal and other attacks. 

As for reducing it's height, go ahead, and cut the sides back too - you'll be surprised and how quickly it regrows.  Just check that you've no birds nesting in it first - it's a bit late in the season to cut hedges.

Good luck


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