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Leaf Pruning - is there such a thing?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 21:32

It's my roses again, only this time it's the leaves rather than the stems that I'm concerned about.    I have many of last year's dark green leaves still clinging onto my Wollerton Old Hall and Shropshire Lad climbing roses.  Lots of these leaves have brown and black patches/spots on them.  Should I remove them?  There are lots of new shoots sprouting on the old canes, - especially WOH.  Also some of the old leaves did drop off, but have left the central spine still clinging to the plant.  Should I remove those?  I know you are told to cut off the tatty old leaves of hellebores, but don't know if the same applies to roses.  I await the fruits of your combined knowledge!  

Wollerton Old Hall climbing roses

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 15:22

Thanks Fairygirl - I had guessed most people would be too busy in their gardens on such a beautiful day!  

Dove, so glad you said that they didn't look like suckers.  I was about to pass the death sentence on them because they had seven leaflets!  However, I've just examined some of last year's canes and am relieved to find they are sprouting seven leaflets at a time!  So do you think I don't need to do any more pruning of last year's canes?

Wollerton Old Hall climbing roses

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 22:22

I have 2 of these, planted just over a year ago, either side of a garden seat and against a fence with horizontal wires.  My idea was to train them to curve towards each other and eventually meet on the fence above the seat, so as to enjoy the perfume from all angles whilst having a coffee/sandwich/cake. Perhaps I was being a bit ambitious, but you have to try, don't you?  I am now frightened about getting the pruning wrong.   I know I have to get the canes as horizontal as possible, but what do I do about the ones that have grown out at right angles from the fence?  I've taken out the ones that are rubbing against each other, but don't know if I should trim anything else.  Also I think there may be some suckers on one.  I'm going to try and put up some photos, so you have a better idea!

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Rose pruning

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 19:12
 

pruning roses

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 19:04

I was about to ask for help with pruning my one year old Wollerton Old Hall roses, when I found this thread.  Lots of helpful advice here, but I still have some questions.  What do I do about the stems that have grown out at right angles to the fence?  And how much should I prune from these roses that were planted as bare roots just over a year ago?  Each one produced between 7 and 10 canes.  I took some photos of them today intending to post them here, but am having problems uploading them to iPhoto.  

What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 10:15

Yours look lovely Chicky.  Thanks for the tip about kebab sicks.  Mine grew a lot taller than yours and nose dived over the sides of the pot. I had to tie them up with garden twine, which rather spoiled the effect.

By the way, is it true that white ones are less fragrant than other colours?

What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 17:22

Thanks all.  I will follow Monty's advice Edd.

Growing in cracks

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 11:50

Hi LH!  Erigeron karvinskianus grew happily with hardly any soil in the cracks between my old patio paving stones.  Masses of white, pink and mauve daisies all summer, and self seeds abundantly.

What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 11:43

I have two plastic pots each with 3 hyacinth bulbs sitting partly above the compost.  I got them from a GC when they were in bud and they filled my kitchen with colour and perfume for a good two weeks, but have since gone over and I have cut off the dead flowers.  I would like to put them in the garden at some stage to flower there next spring, but I'm not sure if you can do that with forced bulbs.  If you can, what do I do with them next?  Leave them inside and continue watering them? Or stand the pots outside till the leaves die down, dry them off and plant in the ground in autumn?

Bringing back the Annual!

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 18:57

Nasturtiums, especially the cream and peach coloured ones.  So versatile and easy to grow too - just poke them in the soil where you need some ground cover, or into a pot where they can trail beautifully, or use climbing varieties to cover a trellis.  Job done!

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