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Posted: 16/07/2013 at 17:29

Your Achillea/sneezewort will improve with age.  Enjoy.


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 20:06

I agree with figrat, vertun and berghill and once the couch grass starts growing through - well - an absolute pain twice over.

Blind shoots on Ispahan rose

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 20:02

Salino - Clematis Flamula was another of my 'big' mistakes.  Very vigorous, sprawly, and flowers late so the scent is not obvious.  Also -  it seeds everywhere.  I still have a horribly strong pest of a plant growing through a purple berberis and I can't get at the roots to dig it out.  The parent was dug up at least 12 years ago and I'm still not free of Flamula so be warned.  But if you have lots of space for foliage and are not fussy about too much flower.......  Wonder what others think.


Posted: 01/07/2013 at 19:24

I agree - Stipa arundinacea, although I think it's name has changed - can't remember what.

Blind shoots on Ispahan rose

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 19:17

Thanks folks for all that.  If I decide to dispose of Ispahan I'd hope to find a new home for her somewhere amongst my gardening contacts.  I like the idea of a shorter one so will look at Leda I think. 

Love all your descriptions of those roses and I feel sure you must all have huge gardens to accommodate them as well as maybe a warmer climate.  I garden in East Lothian on lovely rich soil. We have a fairly good climate but we probably have a shorter season as we are probably about 5 weeks later than most of you down south. Ispahan is only starting flower as is another anonymous shrub rose and none of my little ones such as Little Pet are showing colour yet.  Just for interest - how far on are your roses?

By the way Sunnydayz this is not the first time I've planted something that grew too big.  Like you I was involved with Plant Heritage and fell heir to a few things left over from plant sales, one of which was a Parthenocissus ("go on - take this - you must have space for it") and it covered my 16 ft boundary fence in a couple of years.  Oh for the wisdom of hindsight!!!

Blind shoots on Ispahan rose

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 16:06

Thanks to all for info but unfortunately I still have a problem in as much as I don't have the space to take your advice.  I love the pinning down idea.  Sounds great.  However I cut it down after it flowered last year because it had reached almost 7 ft high and across and had become too big for the space I had.  It's been wonderful for all of 20 years and last year had hundreds of flowers but if I can't control it I may have to be drastic.  On the bright side I did manage to root two cuttings from last year (one of which is actually budded) so maybe I can start again - that is if I can find a space! 

I can highly recommend retirement so hope you two have a nice time when you meet up. 

What are these?

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 15:46

Yes but Achillea ptarmica The Pearl has different leaves and it also has little clusters of creamy buds at the top of the stems.  Take a look at the Crocus site and see what you think.

What are these?

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 14:44

How about Achillea The Pearl for the first one?  Although mine doesn't reach 3 ft.

Blind shoots on Ispahan rose

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 18:53

I have an Ispahan rose which was beautiful for several years then started to develop long blind shoots which didn't appear to be suckers so I just pruned out.  Last year it was so big I had to cut it back really hard - down to 2 feet or so.  This year it's produced loads of blind shoots which would overwhelm the flowering shoots so I've had to cut them down. I've obviously done something wrong.  Any thoughts or advice would be welcome.

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