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I have sown wallflowers,lupins and for-get-me nots ,also foxgloves .
I prune my 30 year old plus vine in October ,never earlier and never later,and back to two stems,that is I take off all the shoots and leave two old stems.
I make Elderflower cordial ,there is a abundance of flowers this year and so hope for plenty of berries at the end of the season to make wine or use in pies.
Any one live next to Glaston bury?
one reason may be ,if you water the roses in the day when the sun is strong you will get scorching best to water in the cool of the evening if that's what you have been doing.
I use nettle ,comfrey and sea weed.All free and work wonders.
it does take a time before you get a good show,do not prune to hard(I did that one year and it was poor the year after)I wait until berries are over.I have two that are now in flower and give good protection as burglary deterrent.
Jasmine ,white or red, looks lovely and scent is good to.
A plastic heron by the pool is said to work(they like fish on their own) .I have cats who like to fish by my pool so I placed sticks with sea shells on top around the pond making it difficult to fish .
I have just pruned my climbing rose"Iceberg" and will get another show of flowers before the end of summer.