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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 08:45


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 08:22

Today star is a rose. Not even growing in my garden really(well the roots aren't).

Many years ago I planted some Rosa filipes seed. From this I raised three plants. Along came the Michael Fishes hurricane, which decimated the prewar orchard next door. We cleared a lot of the debris with chain saw and bonfires, , but there was a huge open bit. In It I planted the three seedlings, in a triangle 2 metre apart. Gradually the wild wood took over,a seedling cherry went up to 50 feet, and the rose chased after it. One of the seedlings flowers a week later than the other two, it has pale pink buds, opening to a larger flower than the type. I took hardwood cuttings and planted one next to a hawthorn.... and now it covers the hawthorn, is up the cherry, is threatening the Magnolia grandiflora Exmouth, and looks gorgeous.  The largest Rose in Britain is running up a beech at Kiftsgate, but I bet mine is the largest in Town.

The rose over the hawthorn next to the house.

 close up.

 Through the magnolia


 View from the bedroom window.



Posted: 17/06/2014 at 08:03

I've been out there and got photos. As OH said at silly oclock--you have to take photos of the rose., and I found some ladybird larvae,although what they are doing on nettles I dont know. I may relocate them to the broad beans.

Washing on, it should be a good drying day.

Lots of watering to be done before the sun gets too high. A boot full of plants are sorted for Barnsdale. Chicky, you may need a truck. Do you think we should warn them we are coming?


Posted: 17/06/2014 at 07:51

I've only just recovered from Lake district bugs. Get those hellebores in Orchid Lady, then put them in a shady place for the summer.

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 22:05

If you Google horsetail flower images, you will get photos of the spore producing cone like flower.

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 22:00

It produces a flowering head.this isn't a flower really, but it scatters spores on the Wind. Keep on pulling it may weaken it eventually.


Posted: 16/06/2014 at 18:56

Dove, all these auctions you go to, are you buying or selling?

Its been very quiet on here today. I've tied the sweet peas up again as they seem determined to lay on the floor with the slugs.

neighbours dogs are happy again now that  their MUm is home.

Its finally brightened up here after being dull all day.

 Barnsdale on Friday. Only 4 sleeps to go.

Plant/weed ID

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 18:44

My first thought was himalayan balsam too.Is it in a wet patch or been flooded?

What is this plant?

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 16:06

My mum has a ink one in a hanging basket. You propagate by a piece of stem cutting, let it dry and callus and then plant. So leaving it on the back seat of the car was serendipitous.

(P) on plant labels

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 08:28

Snoodle, you can either dig a whole plant up, overwinter it frost free,cut it down in spring and it will regrow. You can do cuttings then.

Or you can take cuttings of strong unflowered shoots about 7cm or 3incheslong, in August or September, and root them and just overwinter the cuttings. Or for belt and braces you could do both.

This year the outside one's were doing better than the dug up one, so I took cuttings off the outside one's in March. They are now in flower. Just luck, not what I would usually recommend.

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